An Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) is a standard measure of a student’s overall achievement in relation to their peers and is produced as a percentile rank in any given year. It is calculated by each state’s relevant tertiary admissions centre (TAC).
It is important to note that it is not only the ATAR that students are assessed on to gain entry to a degree. Your child must also look at the prerequisite subjects that are required to gain entry – these will be subjects they complete during years 11 and 12. You may also notice ‘recommended study’ in course guides. This simply means that it will help your child prepare, but it is not compulsory.
Keep in mind that an ATAR is not the only way to gain entry to ACU. We accept a completed certificate IV, incomplete/complete diplomas and advanced diplomas as entry pathways into our degrees.
We also accept Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) qualifications, which will be converted to an ATAR based on the performing arts schedule.
If your child is studying, or has completed the International Baccalaureate (IB), they will be assigned a selection rank based on their completed IB diploma. This rank will be on the same scale as the ATAR and will be used – along with any other qualifications they complete while at school – to determine if they will be made an offer.