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1 Demystifying the ATAR & understanding the UAC International process. July 2010

2 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)  Information – print and website (

3 UAC International 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

4 What is the ATAR?

5 The ATAR is all about POSITION  your ATAR is a NUMBER that shows your position relative to other students  for example, Thanh’s overall academic performance was good enough to place her in the top 15% in the HSC ATAR = 85.00 The ATAR is a number between 0.00 and 99.95. ATARs above 30 are reported in increments of 0.05.

6 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. Busting the myths

7 MYTH: It is impossible to get a high ATAR if you take a VET course or English Standard. FACT: CourseMax ATAR English Standard99.80 General Maths99.60 Entertainment96.50 Hospitality98.45 Society & Culture99.90 Visual Arts99.95

8 MYTH: If I do more than 10 units I’ll get a higher ATAR. FACT: There’s no direct cause & effect. ATAR %10 units %11 units %12 units %13 units 9919223614 962733316 903436273 853832263 804631203 754928212 705428171

9 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.

10  MYTH: If I choose certain courses I will get a high ATAR.  FACT: Only if you do really well in all those courses – so well that you are ranked ahead of most other students. _________  MYTH: If I get HSC marks in the 70s then my ATAR will be in the 70s too.  FACT: An “average” student will get HSC marks in the 70s. The “average” ATAR in the 2009 HSC was 70.25. Lots of students have marks between 70 and 80, so ranks can be very different at either end.

11 Fred and Laura Course HSC mark Percentile HSC mark Percentile Biology70 39 80 71 Business Studies70 35 8065 English Advanced70 13 8053 Mathematics70 31 8060 Modern History70 24 8063 Visual Arts70 12 8051 ATAR 57.80 81.20

12 The UAC process

13 step 1 – prepare step 2 – research step 3 – apply step 4 – manage step 5 - accept

14 step 1 – prepare  PINs  name  prerequisites

15 PINs  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.

16 Name  register for the HSC with your legal name  your Australian name can be used as your ‘middle name’ eg: WONG ChinKen XIELingLeanne  when you enrol at uni – or request an ATAR reprint – you need ID and the names must match

17 Prerequisites  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.

18 step 2 – research  UAC International Guide  choosing courses


20 UAC International Guide  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

21 IFEE International fee-paying courses  not all ‘domestic’ courses are available to international students International students :  must study full-time  must pay course fee up front  must meet course cut-off to receive an offer

22 Choosing your courses  You can choose up to six courses – at one or up to six institutions.  Choose courses that interest you, with subjects you are good at, and at institutions you would be happy to attend.  You can apply for Semester 1 and/or Semester 2 entry.

23 step 3 – apply  to uni – list course choices  equity scholarships  on time

24 Applying to Uni  All applicants apply on UAC’s website at  You need your BoS student number and UAC PIN  There is a processing charge of $62.00  Print your confirmation and payment receipt  Apply by 30 October

25 Course choices  List 1 to 6 courses in your order of preference  CONDITIONAL offer made immediately (lists all courses in application - for visa purposes)  Change course preferences at any time - no closing dates – no more conditional offers

26 Applying for Equity Scholarships  In 2010 UC and USyd offered equity scholarships for international students  Apply through UAC for equity scholarships – check the UAC 2011 Equity Scholarships booklet  Check institution websites for other scholarship options

27 step 4 – manage your application  selection rank - ATAR - bonus points - additional selection criteria  course preferences  going overseas?

28 Selection rank  university offers are based on a selection rank  for most HSC students, your selection rank is your ATAR  bonus points can change your selection rank for a particular course - they do not change your ATAR  some courses have additional selection criteria

29 Bonus points  Some universities may allocate bonus points for HSC students  The most common are subject bonus points If you are allocated bonus points then: Selection rank = ATAR + bonus points  Do your research. Check Uni websites

30 Bonus points and cut-offs 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)

31 Other criteria  Tests eg STAT & UMAT  Personal statement  Interview  Portfolio  Audition

32 Course preferences  Use 6 course choices wisely – remember that they will be considered in your order of preference  Check published ATAR cut-offs and remember that to get an offer you must meet the cut-off  Change your course preferences as many times as you like – for free! (you will not get any more conditional offers though)

33 Check & Change  Check and change your application at  View/print your Confirmation of Application  Check/change your contact details  Check/change your agent details  Check/change your course preferences  Change your UAC PIN  Print tax invoice  View ATAR  View Offer/s

34 Going overseas?  Take your UAC International Booklet, your UAC application number and your UAC PIN with you  Contact UAC at: (7.30am to 12 midnight Sydney time) +61 2 9752 0200 (8.30am – 4.30pm)

35 step 5 – offers  unconditional offers

36 Unconditional Offers When? 6 offer runs between mid- December and February (for Semester 1) Offers in June for Semester 2 How? UAC website Agent Mail

37 Unconditional Offers Rules 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

38 Residency status Changed residency status? – advise UAC if BEFORE offer – instutution if AFTER enrolment

39 Summary  PREPARE PINs; name; prerequisites  RESEARCH courses and unis  APPLY list 6 preferences & … on time; conditional offer  MANAGE selection rank  change preferences;  CHECK & ACCEPT OFFERS unconditional offers; change of residency status

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