What is ATAR?
The ATAR is the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate-entry university programs in Australia. It stands for Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank and is calculated by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) based on your overall academic achievement in Year 12.
ATAR is based on rank, but not performance. So if you get an ATAR of 90, it means you’re in the top 90per cent. So how is the ATAR calculated? The ATAR is a complex system (scaling). The Universities Admissions Centre scales subjects up or down according to the performance of students in a subject in a particular year. The use of the ATAR ensures that all studies are treated equally and provides you with a common score for tertiary selection across Australia.
The ATAR ranges between 99.95 and 0, the maximum rank is 99.95 instead of the 100 awarded to the best in the state.
How does scaling work?
There are many factors that impact scaling including stage of subject, scaling within your school, how the teacher marks you, also the performance of all students sitting in the exams for that particular year, etc.
Estimating your ATAR
A predicted ATAR is an estimate of your ATAR based on your school marks. There are many ATAR calculators that you can use to estimate your ATAR. See ATAR calculators list.