Understanding the ATAR and UAC: A Comprehensive Guide for Year 11 Students

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The ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) plays a crucial role in university admissions, determining students' overall positions based on their performance. The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) processes applications and administers access schemes, while also calculating ATAR scores for NSW HSC students. Scaling, ATAR calculation methods, and the story of the ATAR provide insight into this ranking system. Knowing when to apply through UAC is essential for Year 11 students planning their university journey.


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Understanding the ATAR and UAC: A Comprehensive Guide for Year 11 Students

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  1. The ATAR and The ATAR and when to apply when to apply for uni. for uni. Year 11 2023

  2. What is UAC? Processes applications for 28 different institutions Administers applications for all access schemes Calculates the ATAR for all NSW HSC students 2

  3. The ATAR

  4. HSC v ATAR Performance v Position Your ATAR is like your position in a race. You can t control the place you came in the race. You can only control your performance. 4

  5. What is the ATAR? Australian Tertiary Admission Rank Your overall position A number between 0.00 and 99.95 Used by universities to rank and select students 5

  6. ATAR Calculation 1 unit 2 units English 1 unit 1 unit 1 unit 1 unit 1 unit 1 unit 1 unit 2 units of English + 8 of the best remaining units that can only include 2 units of CAT B courses 6

  7. Scaling It s the first step in the calculation of the ATAR Performed to create a level playing field by removing differences between courses Done so that no student is advantaged or disadvantaged because of the subject choice 7

  8. Scaling truths Based on the academic ability of students within each course. Scaled mean of a course indicates the strength of the competition. High/low scaled mean a high/low ATAR. Course is irrelevant: just do well! 8

  9. The story of the ATAR 2022 median ATAR 71.25 Fred Laura Median HSC Mark 71 74 83 79 75 83 Course HSC Mark Percentile HSC Mark Percentile Biology Business Studies English Advanced Mathematics Advanced Modern History Visual Arts ATAR 70 70 70 70 70 70 49 38 8 26 35 9 80 80 80 80 80 80 75 68 37 54 69 39 61.00 80.00 9

  10. When to apply through UAC Information for Year 11

  11. UAC key dates When you start your Year 12 year Applications OPEN preference CLOSE preference CLOSE Offers RELEASED Early bird CLOSE SRS applications ATAR RELEASE SRSChange of RELEASED SRS Offers Change of CLOSE Dec Dec April Sept Nov Dec Sept Nov 11

  12. Prepare Research Research Investigate Investigate Check Check Open days Expos Websites All course possibilities which include: Diplomas and prep-courses Selection criteria and early closing dates Presentation title 12

  13. Considering uni study What to research What is your dream course? Which unis offer that course? Is there additional selection criteria? Will you be able to meet entry requirements? If not, what is your next course option (plan B)? Keep your options open. Research all course possibilities which include diploma programs and prep courses. 13

  14. Apply Online Online UAC PIN UAC PIN USI USI Applications open in April You will need your NESA number and UAC PIN You will receive an email from UAC with your PIN in early April A USI is your individual education number for life You need the USI when applying through UAC Presentation title 14

  15. Educational Access Scheme For students with a disadvantage Apply through your UAC application Must provide supporting documents Special consideration, which may increase your selection rank Not a guarantee of entry 15

  16. Schools Recommendation Scheme Early offer scheme through UAC Apply online through UAC Open to all Year 12 students Entry based on Y11 results and school s recommendation Unconditional offers made in November Conditional offers can be made in November only, with conditions such as EAS eligibility or minimum ATAR 16

  17. Other early entry schemes Direct applications There are many additional direct applications for early entry Students can apply for all or none the choice is yours UAC recommends that students don t list the same preference on the UAC and direct applications Only list the same preference on the UAC application if an early entry offer is not given Presentation title 17

  18. Equity Scholarships Financial assistance when you are at uni Apply online through UAC Criteria based on Centrelink or other disadvantages Must supply supporting documents Is open to new and current students 18

  19. Whats your Selection Rank Selection ranks and adjustment factors The ATAR is your selection rank Adjustment factors may be added to your ATAR which changes your selection rank Five types of adjustments Subject Location EAS Elite athlete or performer Additional selection criteria ATAR EAS Subject adjustment Location Adjustment Additional criteria 19

  20. What are preferences? You can list up to 5 preferences A university preference is the courses/s you want to be considered for. Each preference has a course code that indicates the course, uni and campus you would like. You can list up to five at any one time. You should list your course preferences in order of your preference. You can change your preferences between offer rounds. Presentation title 20

  21. Offers You can only receive one offer per offer round You can change your preferences between offer rounds if you have changed your mind If you re not made an offer in an offer round it means you have not met entry criteria or been realistic with your preferences You should check entry requirements and change your preferences to try again 21

  22. Top Tips Don t lose sight of your goals Apply for everything Make sure you leave your options open and explore all course possibilities. Track opening and closing dates Remember the ATAR is only one pathway into university 22

  23. Connect with us: uac.edu.au uacinfo Thank you.

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