South Australian Matriculation / SACE International

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Ideal SMA/SACE Student

1. Independent learner
2. Balance of exams and assignments
3. Good time-management skills
4. Multitasker
5. Open to study overseas or locally

SACE International: South Australian Certificate of Education International (formerly or also known as South Australian Matriculation or SAM)

AUSMAT: Australian Matriculation

Both programmes are internationally recognised pre-university programmes offered by local private institutions. These programmes have been available in Malaysia for 30 years and are equivalent to Year 12 pre-university Australian high school course.

The only difference is that SACE International is regulated by the South Australian government whereas AUSMAT is regulated by the West Australian government.

What Makes It Special

You can finish the programme within 1 year or less with ONLY 5 subjects to study.


Students need to obtain at least 5 credits including English in their SPM to qualify for both AUSMAT and SACE International.

Available Subjects

Students are required to take 5 subjects including English. The SACE International subjects lead to a variety of university courses, depending on YOUR choice, 100%!

You can also talk to your counsellor about which subjects you can choose to help pursue your dream career.

As of 1st September 2013, the MOE requires all students to complete the new Mata Pelajaran Umum (MPU) which includes the components below:

  • Component U1: Malaysian Studies 1 (for Malaysian students) or Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 1/Communicational Malay Language 1 (for International students)
  • Component U2: Personal Development 1 or Bahasa Kebangsaan A/National Language A
  • Component U3: Malaysian Arts and Cultures
Assessment Method

Study years: Although it is an Australian programme, students have to take Moral/Islamic studies, Bahasa Malaysia as well as Malaysian studies. Additionally, students must sit for an English studies paper and obtain a satisfactory score.

Students may take the necessary subjects in one year, but there is flexibility for students to complete it over a longer period. Students may also increase their university aggregate score by repeating subjects in a second year without penalty.

Exam: There will be continuous assessments throughout the year in the form of assignments, essays, lab reports, speaking tests, quizzes, etc.

SAM/SACE: 70% coursework and 30% examination

AUSMAT: 50% coursework and 50% examination

Grades: Both programmes have a combination of coursework and final exams, and lead to an Australian Year 12 qualification.

The programmes’ final result uses the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) system which is a sum of four of your best subjects and half the score of your weakest subject.

To qualify for the SACE and to meet Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) requirements, students must complete 90-100 credits with each subject equivalent to 20 credits.


RM21, 000 – RM 33,895 depending on the institutions as well as the subjects that are taken.

How to Apply

Applications for this programme can be obtained from the private institutions, or can be downloaded at their respective websites. Applicants must complete and submit the forms to the programme manager in person, by mail or through e-mail.

The main intake for this course is in January with other intakes throughout the year in March, July and September (depending on the institution).

Uni Pathways

AUSMAT and SACE International are internationally recognized. You will be able to study locally and be accredited with the South or West Australian Certificate of Education upon successful completion.

These awards are recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and opens doors to top universities in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Asia.

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