Australian Tertiary Admission Rank

  • The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

    An ATAR ranges from 99.95 to zero, and reports your rank position relative to all other students. It takes into account the number of students who sit the WACE examinations in any year and also the number of people of Year 12 school leaving age in the total population.

    If you have an ATAR of 70.00, for example, it indicates that you've achieved as well as or better than 70% of the Year 12 school leaver age population in the state.

    The ATAR allows the results of any WA student applying for university admission interstate to be directly compared with results in other states. All states (except Queensland) report student rankings as an ATAR.

    For a technical explanation of how the ATAR is calculated, click here.

    You need at least four scaled scores for an ATAR to be calculated. The ATAR is calculated from your Tertiary Entrance Aggregate (TEA).
  • Tertiary Entrance Aggregate (TEA)

    Your TEA (Tertiary Entrance Aggregate) is the sum of your best four scaled scores plus 10% of your best Language Other Than English (LOTE) scaled score (if you have one), based on the following rules:

    • You can accumulate the scaled scores which contribute to your TEA over five consecutive years, but you can only count any subject or course once. If you repeat a course, we use your best score in that course.
    • There are some unacceptable course combinations (check the admission requirements for your year). For these combinations, scores in both courses/subjects cannot both be used. We use your best score from the combination.
    • If you have a scaled score in a Language Other Than English, 10% of your LOTE scaled score is added to the aggregate of your best four scaled scores. LOTE scaled scores must be from the current year or the previous four years. If you have more than one LOTE score, only one (the best) LOTE scaled score will be used as the LOTE bonus. You receive the LOTE bonus even if your LOTE course wasn't one of your counted as one of your best four.
    • The maximum TEA in 2016 is 410.

    Additional information for 2017 TEA calculation
    • If you have a scaled score in Mathematics Methods ATAR and/or Mathematics Specialist ATAR, 10% of your scaled score/s in these subjects will be added to your Tertiary Entrance Aggregate. You will receive this Mathematics bonus even if the course/s aren't in your best four.
    • The maximum TEA in 2017 will be 430.

    Your TEA will be calculated and then converted to an ATAR, which tells you where you're ranked relative to other students.

  • Finding out your ATAR

    If you've sat at least one WACE exam and achieved a scaled score in a WACE course this year, you'll be able to access your Year 12 examination results and ATAR on this website from late December.

    Your Universities Admission Advice letter (UAAL) will contain this information. You can print or save the PDF of your UAAL until 1 March of the following year.

    If you want a printed copy of your UAAL on official stationery, you can order one on payment of a fee.

    You can obtain your ATAR and scaled scores from a past year by completing and submitting the Application for Record of Results with the appropriate fee to TISC.
  • 2015 TEA/ATAR summary table

    The following table gives an indication of the minimum Tertiary Entrance Aggregate (TEA) required to achieve at least a particular Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

    ATAR Minimum TEA for
    ATAR
    30.00 131.0
    40.00 152.6
    50.00 175.4
    55.00 186.4
    60.00 199.1
    61.05 201.2
    62.00 203.5
    63.00 205.7
    64.00 207.9
    65.00 210.2
    66.00 212.5
    67.00 215.1
    68.00 217.4
    69.00 219.7
    70.00 222.1
    71.00 224.5
    72.00 226.8
    73.00 229.1
    74.05 231.8
    75.00 234.3
    76.00 236.7
    77.00 239.5
    78.00 242.0
    79.05 244.6
    80.00 247.1
    81.00 249.7
    82.00 252.5
    83.00 255.2
    84.00 258.6
    85.00 261.8
    86.00 265.0
    87.00 268.7
    88.00 272.0
    89.00 275.7
    90.00 279.6
    91.00 283.8
    92.00 288.1
    93.00 293.0
    94.00 298.4
    95.00 304.5
    96.00 310.8
    97.00 319.1
    98.00 329.9
    98.50 337.2
    99.00 345.6
    99.50 360.0
    99.70 369.3
    99.90 383.4
    99.95 390.4
  • Australian 2015 Year 12 results comparison table

    An ATAR achieved from 2011 or later in any state or territory (except Queensland) is considered the same as an ATAR from any other state or territory (except Queensland).

    For Queensland applicants, the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) provides TISC with an equivalent ATAR.

    The table below shows how state and territory ranks equated to Queensland Overall Positions in 2015. This table can be used as a broad guide to how 2016 ATARs and Overall Positions will equate.

    AUSTRALIAN TERTIARY ADMISSION RANK
    (ATAR)
    QLD OVERALL POSITION
    99.95 1
    99.50 1
    99.00 1
    98.50 2
    98.00 2
    97.50 2
    97.00 3
    96.50 3
    96.00 3
    95.50 3
    95.00 4
    94.00 4
    93.00 5
    92.00 5
    91.00 6
    90.00 6
    89.00 7
    88.00 7
    87.00 7
    86.00 8
    85.00 8
    84.00 8
    83.00 9
    82.00 9
    81.00 9
    80.00 10
    75.00 12
    70.00 13
    65.00 15
    60.00 16
    55.00 18
    50.00 19
    45.00 21
    40.00 22
    35.00 22
    30.00 23

    Tertiary institutions throughout Australia agree that if an interstate Year 12 applicant has fulfilled the requirements for eligibility for selection into all courses in their home state, they are eligible for consideration for entry into courses in another state (subject to ATAR, etc and any specific course requirements).

    Eligibility for admission to the four Western Australian public universities requires fulfilling specific English language competence requirements.

    Queensland Year 12 students not undertaking the standard tertiary entry pathway, ie those not eligible for an Overall Position, may not be considered for tertiary entry interstate and should contact the relevant institution for information.