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Australian Tertiary Admission Rank

Grading system for university entry in Australia

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The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is the primary criterion for entry into undergraduate courses in universities in Australia. It was gradually introduced since 2009-10 and has since replaced the Universities Admission Index, Equivalent National Tertiary Entrance Rank, Tertiary Entrance Rank and the Queensland Core Skills Test. It is a number between 0.00 and 99.95 which shows student’s relative position compared to all other students in the age group of 16 to 20 years and not just for the specific cohort or year of passing, an ATR of 80.00 denotes that a student belongs to the top 20 percent of students within their current age group of 16 to 20 years. ATR is calculated at state level, and NSW and ACT ATARs are considered equivalent to ATARs in all other states. If all students complete schooling then the average ATAR would be 50.00, but since some students quit studying early the average ATAR is 70.00. Admission to universities is granted based on the "selection rank" calculated by each university based on its own unique criteria, i.e. selection rank is a combination of ATAR and additional points based on universities own criteria used for selecting students such as a "personal statement, a questionnaire, a portfolio of work, an audition, an interview or a test".

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