ATARs and tertiary entrance
Eligible Year 12 students in Queensland can receive an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).
Across Australia, the ATAR is a standard measure of a student's overall academic achievement in relation to that of other students. It is intended to assist tertiary institutions to select applicants into their courses.
The ATAR is a percentile rank, not a mark. This rank indicates a student's position relative to other students in their age group in any given year.
It's expressed as a number on a 2000-point scale from 99.95 down to 0.00 in steps of 0.05.
An ATAR of 80.00 does not mean a student got 80%. It indicates that the student placed in the top 20% of students in Queensland in their Year 12 age group.
For more information on ATAR, visit https://www.qtac.edu.au/student-resources/atar.
QTAC is responsible for calculating students' ATARs.
QTAC calculates ATARs based on either:
If a student is eligible for an ATAR in both categories, QTAC will use their highest ATAR.
English as a requirement for ATAR eligibility
To be eligible for an ATAR, students must satisfactorily complete a QCAA English subject. While students must meet this standard to be eligible to receive an ATAR, it won't be mandatory for a student's English result to be included in the calculation of their ATAR.
For more information about ATARs, view the ATAR Presentation and / or visit the QTAC website.