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Demystifying the ATAR & understanding the UAC International process. July 2010. What is UAC?. Universities Admissions Centre - Admissions to universities in NSW and the ACT (plus AMC, Griffith and LaTrobe) - ATAR release - STAT (Special Tertiary Admissions Test)
the UAC International process.
- Admissions to universities in NSW and the ACT (plus AMC, Griffith and LaTrobe)
- ATAR release
- STAT (Special Tertiary Admissions Test)
You apply through UAC International if you are an International student doing:
✓ an Australian Year 12
✓ an International Baccalaureate
✓ a New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement Level 3
ATAR = 85.00
The ATAR is a number between 0.00 and 99.95.
ATARs above 30 are reported in increments of 0.05.
MYTH: My school or postcode matters.
FACT: The ATAR calculation is based only on marks provided by the Board of Studies.
Regional bonus points may be awarded by some institutions based on postcode areas.
MYTH: The percentage of students in band 6 counts.
FACT: Scaling is calculated using raw marks, not HSC marks (HSC marks are aligned to bands). The percentage of students in performance bands has no effect on the calculation of the ATAR.
MYTH: It is impossible to get a high ATAR if you take a VET course or English Standard.
FACT: There’s no direct cause & effect.
MYTH:Some courses are always scaled up … some are always scaled down.
FACT: Scaling is carried out afresh each year.
If the ability of the candidates changes the scaled mean will also change.
MYTH: I can work out my ATAR from my HSC marks.
FACT: Scaled marks, not HSC marks are used to calculate the ATAR. The ATAR is not an average mark, it is a rank that indicates your position.
Course HSC mark Percentile HSC mark Percentile
Biology 70 39 80 71
Business Studies 70 35 80 65
English Advanced 70 13 80 53
Mathematics 70 31 80 60
Modern History 70 24 80 63
Visual Arts 70 12 80 51
ATAR 57.80 81.20
step 2 – research
step 3 – apply
step 4 – manage
step 5 - accept
You already have your Board of Studies (BoS) student number.
You will receive your BoS PIN.
Your UAC PIN will be posted to your home address in August.
You need your UAC PIN and Board of Studies student number to apply.
Your UAC PIN is different to your BoS PIN.
eg: WONG Chin Ken
XIE Ling Leanne
STAT prerequisite for pharmacy and vet science.
UMAT prerequisite for medicine/ optometry.
If you do STAT or UMAT, ensure you include your candidate number on your UAC application.
Check other selection criteria.
Contains all the information you need to apply
- table of courses with last year’s ATAR cut-offs
- general information about the 16 participating institutions
You will receive your free copy at the beginning of Term 3
International fee-paying courses
International students :
touni – list course choices
If you are allocated bonus points then:
Selection rank = ATAR + bonus points
Example – Bachelor of Masterchef
(6 applicants for 3 places)
1. 89 (ATAR of 89) 2. 88 (ATAR of 83 plus 5 bonus points) 3. 87 (ATAR of 85 plus 2 bonus points)---------------------------------------------------------- 4. 86 (ATAR of 86) 5. 85 (ATAR of 76 plus 9 bonus points) 6. 84 (ATAR of 84)
XX = selection rank
(Course cut-off = 87)
(7.30am to 12 midnight Sydney time)
+61 2 9752 0200 (8.30am – 4.30pm)
6 offer runs between mid- December and February (for Semester 1)
Offers in June for Semester 2
To get an unconditional offer you must:
have the course in your list;
have an ATAR equal to or higher than the final course cut-off;
meet other course requirements.
You can get multiple offers, but
only one offer per institution in each offer round
Changed residency status?
– advise UAC if BEFORE offer
– instutution if AFTER enrolment
PINs; name; prerequisites
courses and unis
list 6 preferences & … on time; conditional offer
selection rank change preferences;
unconditional offers; change of residency status