HAST Sample Question Booklet (2019): PDF Download

Please note, the questions in the Sample Question Booklet are not updated from year to year. If you have downloaded this Booklet in the past, please do not repurchase it - purchases of downloadable digital products are non-refundable. Please carefully consider your decision before making a purchase.


For questions about the HAST Booklet please email hast@acer.org or call +61 3 9007 2037.

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The Higher Ability Selection Test (HAST) is an ACER academic reasoning test used by schools to identify academically able students for selective entry, accelerated learning and gifted and talented programs. HAST focuses on assessing higher-order, cross curricular reasoning skills that are characteristic of gifted students.

The HAST Sample Question Booklet provides an opportunity to reflect on the types of skills required of the candidate but it is not designed to teach candidates these skills. Higher order thinking skills are developed over a long period of time or they are skills that are innate and natural to you.

To familiarise yourself with the HAST, work through the questions as if you were sitting a timed test, and as a guide allow 1-2 minutes per question.

Skill areas covered are:

  • Reading Comprehension (21 questions)
  • Mathematical Reasoning (16 questions)
  • Abstract Reasoning (12 questions)
  • Written Expression (2 extended writing tasks)

Key Features

  • Suitable for HAST Junior Secondary Level (Years 6 & 7)
  • Provides an indication of item style and test format at Middle Secondary Level (Years 8 & 9)
  • Answers contained at the back of the booklet
  • 49 questions in total
  • Two written expression prompts (one discussion, one creative)

For further questions about the HAST assessment or HAST assessment preparation, please contact the HAST team on +61 3 9277 5625 or hast@acer.org