South Australia Matriculation

The South Australian Matriculation program commonly known as SAM is an internationally recognized one year pre-university matriculation program administered by the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia (SSABSA), a statutory authority of the South Australian government. It is taught in many countries and is used by universities across the world, including in Australia, India, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America to select students for degree courses.

The SAM Program has been offered since 1982 to schools and colleges outside Australia. During this period, more than 20,000 students have been awarded matriculation scores and have entered a wide variety of courses in universities throughout the world.

SAM allows students to study in their own country and build upon their local pre-matriculation studies. Students who successfully complete the SAM are accredited with the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), an award that is recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Some advantages of SAM include:

  • A variety of broad-based subjects as a prerequisite to many university degree courses such as Architecture, Actuarial Science, BioTechnology, Engineering, Medicine, Computer Science, Business, Social Science, Liberal Arts, etc.
  • Combine school assessments with external examinations to assess students
  • Flexible schedule that enable students to complete the program over an extended period
  • Subjects can be repeated to improve their aggregate score without any penalty
  • International acceptance as a valid pre-university programme
  • Proven learning techniques tailored to university study.

To qualify for the SACE and to meet tertiary entrance rank (TER) requirements, students must complete five subjects, including one subject from List 1 and at least one subject from List 2. In addition, students must achieve a satisfactory score (10/20 or better) in either English as Second Language Studies, or English Studies.

Universities that accept SAM:

  • University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Kyoto University
  • Rikkyo University, Japan
  • National University of Singapore
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Austria University of Salzburg
  • Denmark Universities of Copenhagen and Aarhus
  • Finland University of Helsinki
  • Finland University of Turku
  • France University of Paris
  • Greece University of Athens
  • Spain University of Barcelona
  • Cambridge University
  • Oxford University
  • Edinburgh University
  • Kings College, London
  • University College, London
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Manchester
  • Southbank University, London
  • University of Toronto
  • McGill University, Montreal
  • Princeton University
  • Columbia University, New York
  • Cornell University, New York
  • Adelphi University, New York
  • American University, Washington, DC
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Miami, Florida
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Hawaii Pacific University

Entry Requirements
Malaysian students must have completed the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), and Chinese students must have completed the core program for the Chinese Senior Secondary Graduation Certificate.

Students must complete five subjects, including at least one from list 1 and one from list 2. In addition, students will also be required to take up 3 LAN subjects as stipulated by the Ministry of Education i.e. Malaysian studies, moral/Islamic studies and Bahasa Malaysia.

  • List 1 (10 credits each)
  • Economics
  • English as second language
  • English studies
  • Legal studies
  • Malay
  • Modern history

List 2 (10 credit each)

  • Accounting studies
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Information technology studies
  • Mathematical methods
  • Mathematical studies
  • Specialist mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

In addition to these subjects, students will have to study the compulsory MQA subjects which include:

  • Bahasa Malaysia (6 credits)
  • Pengajian Malaysia (6 credits)
  • Moral Studies or Islamic Studies (6 credits)

Candidate will be assessed through various internal assignments/projects (50% of the marks) as well as a final written external examination set and marked by SSABSA (the remaining 50% of the marks).

List of SAM Programs offered in Malaysia: