Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
What is the ATAR?
The ATAR is a rank, not a mark.
The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a number between 0.00 and 99.95 that indicates a student’s position relative to all the students who started high school with them in Year 7. So, an ATAR of 80.00 means that you are 20 per cent from the top of your Year 7 group (not your Year 12 group).
The average ATAR is usually around 70.00.
If everyone from Year 7 went on to achieve an ATAR, the average ATAR would be 50.00. But because some students leave early and the ones who stay on to receive an ATAR are a smaller, more academically able group, the average ATAR is higher.
ATARs are calculated in each state to reflect a student’s rank against other students in their state. In NSW, the ATAR is calculated and released by UAC. In the ACT, it’s calculated by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies and is released by schools.
NSW ATARs are equivalent to those in other states. For example, an ATAR of 85.00 in NSW is equivalent to an ATAR of 85.00 in other states.
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ATAR Advice Notices
ATAR Advice Notices are available to people who have completed a NSW HSC and who have previously been issued an ATAR. You can call our office to check if you were eligible for an ATAR. This does not include Tertiary Preparation Certificates or Foundation Studies courses, or Year 12 qualifications completed in other states.
You can purchase an ATAR Advice Notice through the UAC Shop.
If you completed the NSW HSC in 2009 or later, you can purchase your ATAR Advice Notice as a PDF or printed on security paper with a watermark feature. If you completed the NSW HSC before 2009, you can only purchase a printed ATAR Advice Notice.