Australian Tertiary Admission Rank  

What's an ATAR?
Tertiary Entrance Aggregate (TEA)
Who gets an ATAR?
How do I find out my ATAR?
So what are the advantages of the ATAR?
ATAR Calculator
2015 TEA/ATAR summary table
ATAR frequency tables
Australian 2015 Year 12 results comparison table

Entry into the public universities in Western Australia is a matching process of the people who want to go to university and the number of places that are available. To assist in this process, Year 12 students are ranked and places offered on the basis of this ranking.

What's an ATAR?

An ATAR ranges between 99.95 and 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. In 2008 the TEA (Tertiary Entrance Aggregate) replaced the TES (Tertiary Entrance Score).

Your TEA will be calculated and then converted to an ATAR, which tells you where you're ranked relative to other students. This will be the same position as a ranking based on your TEA, but the TEA isn't able to convey this information directly to you. 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.

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

Who gets an ATAR?

Anyone who satisfies the requirements for a Tertiary Entrance Aggregate (TEA).

Tertiary Entrance Aggregate (TEA)

In 2008 the TEA (Tertiary Entrance Aggregate) replaced the TES (Tertiary Entrance Score). The TEA will be calculated by adding a student's best four scaled scores plus 10% of that student's best Language Other Than English (LOTE) scaled score, based on the following rules:
  • For the best four scaled scores, you may accumulate scaled scores which contribute to your ATAR over five consecutive years, with no subject or course counting more than once.
  • There are unacceptable course combinations whereby scores in both courses/subjects cannot both be used.
  • A LOTE bonus of 10% of a LOTE scaled score is added to the aggregate of the best four scaled scores, subject to no LOTE scaled score earlier than 2011 being used. From 2016 Year 12, LOTE scaled scores must be from current or the previous four years. If more than one LOTE has been sat, only one (the best) LOTE scaled score can be used as the LOTE bonus. You receive the LOTE bonus irrespective of whether your LOTE course was counted as one of the best four.
  • The maximum TEA is 410.

How do I find out my ATAR?

All current year WACE students with at least one scaled score in a WACE course are able to access their Year 12 examination results and ATAR on this website from late December. Until 1 March of the following year you can print or save the PDF of your Universities Admission Advice Letter (UAAL) which contains this information. You can order your official UAAL on TISC stationery on payment of a fee. This fee changes from 1 March of the following year.

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.

So what are the advantages of the ATAR?

The ATAR directly reports a student's position relative to other students. The ATAR allows for accurate comparisons from year to year. The ATAR calculation 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. 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.


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
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

The aim of this table is to provide 2016 Year 12 applicants with information about the comparability of their results across Australia. The table relates to 2015 results and must be used as a guide only.

Since the late 1990s all Australian states and territories (except Queensland) have used a common measure to rank Year 12 students for university admission. Until 2010, this rank had different names around Australia, eg TER, ENTER, UAI. The Australasian Conference of Tertiary Admission Centres, of which TISC is a member, agreed that, as of 2010, a common name for this measure would be adopted: the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

As the table shows, an ATAR of 81.00 in any state or territory (except Queensland) is the same as an ATAR of 81.00 from any state or territory (except Queensland). This means that if you undertake your Year 12 studies in 2011 or later in one of these states or territories, and plan to apply to institutions in other states or territories, your ATAR remains the same.

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

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

Note: When assessing Year 12 interstate applicants for selection, tertiary institutions throughout Australia abide by the principle that if the applicant has fulfilled the requirements for eligibility for selection into all courses in their home state, they should not be precluded from selection into courses in another state (subject to ATAR etc and any specific course requirements).

Please note the following:
  • Eligibility for admission to the four Western Australian public universities requires fulfilling English 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.