What is SAM/SACE International program?

South Australian Matriculation (SAM) or SACE International is a pre-university course that’s based on the Australian education system. It is regulated and implemented by the South Australian government.


– Science: Pass with minimum of 5 credits including English
Note: Pre-requisites apply for Sciences and Mathematics

– Humanities: Pass with a minimum of 5 credits including English
Note: Pre-requisites apply for Nutrition and Mathematics


Jan/March Intake: 10 – 12 months long, require you to take 5 subjects and take their exams in November.
July Intake: 18 months long, require you to take 5 subjects and you can only take your exams in November the following year.


You’ll be graded on 70% coursework and 30% examination. When you enroll in an SACE International programme, your final results will be based on a ranking system known as the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). ATAR is an indicator of how you have performed relative to all students who have taken Australian Matriculation courses.

This means that if you take SACE International, you will be ranked against everyone who took SACE International and other Australian programmes, such as AUSMAT and New South Wales Higher School Certificate (NSW HSC).

  • The ATAR score is used by Australian universities as criteria to admit students into their university degrees.
  • ATAR is a rank, not a score— it shows your ranking amongst your peers.

For example, if you are ranked ATAR 80.00, it means that you’ve performed better than 80% of your peers, putting you in the top 20% among your batch.

Why choose SAM/SACE International program? 

  • International Recognition

SACE International is an internationally recognized matriculation program, and has provided students with the opportunity to obtain the SACE in their own country and study at top universities in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Asia

  • More Options

SACE International allows you to pursue a wide range of degrees upon successful completion. This is great for those students not sure what to study in their degree yet.

  • Good foundation in your chosen subjects

With 5 subjects, SAM/SACEI will provide good foundations in your chosen subjects. In fact, you will also have the flexibility of choosing subjects from different streams, including both science and business.

  • Coursework and examination

Every test and quiz will be combined, student can feel a sense of progress as you accumulate marks towards their final grade.

Different Pre-U program has different strengths; which one is the best for you? 

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