What is the ATAR? Now that you're entering your final year of schooling, it's time to think about what subjects you're going to study, and how those results will make up your ATAR score.
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What is the ATAR?
Now that you’re entering your final year of schooling, it’s time to think about what subjects you’re going to study, and how those results will make up your ATAR score.
What exactly is the ATAR score? The ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) is a numerical measure of your academic results in your HSC or VCE (or other state exams) compared with other students in your state or territory. It’s one of the main criteria that will help you reach your goals of further education and employment in your desired pathway.
To help you better understand the ATAR score, let’s take a look at how it’s calculated and the effects of ATAR scaling on your overall academic performance.
How is the ATAR Calculated?
As a student, you’re used to attending your own school and seeing your own circle of friends on a daily basis. It’s easy to forget that thousands of other students across your state or territory are doing the same subjects that you are.
With thousands of students doing different combinations of subjects and attending schools with different systems for marking schools assessments, how is your ATAR calculated in a fair and reasonable manner?
ATAR Scaling (or ‘HSC scaling’ if you’re in NSW or ‘VCE scaling’ if you’re in VIC) is the answer.
ATAR scaling is the process of standardising your school assessment marks and exam results to calculate your ATAR. This allows for a fair comparison between students, the school they attended, and the subjects they studied.
If you’re wondering, “But how does scaling work?” Let’s break down the process into a few easy steps:
- School Assessments
First, you will have your basic school assessments throughout the year, which typically amounts to 3-4 assessments for each subject. The result of these assessments then determines the academic ranking among your school peers.
- Final Exams
Near the end of the year, you take your final exams (HSC/VCE if you’re in NSW/VIC) and receive a ‘raw mark’ for each subject. These raw marks are based on the total amount of marks available in that exam – no ATAR scaling has been applied yet.
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