Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
What is the ATAR?
Tertiary institutions in Australia have found that a selection rank based on a student's overall academic achievement is the best single predictor of success for most tertiary courses. The ATAR provides a measure of a student's overall academic achievement in relation to that of other students. It is calculated solely for use by institutions, either on its own or with other selection criteria, to rank and select school leavers for their courses.
The ATAR is a rank, not a mark.
It is a number between 0.00 and 99.95 and 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.
Find out more
For a general guide to the ATAR and scaling, watch a video produced by the University of Sydney.
Lost your ATAR Advice Notice?
If you've lost your ATAR Advice Notice you can request a letter confirming your result by downloading and completing a request form and paying the fee of $53. (There is no charge to 2016 Year 12 students until Wed 1 Mar 2017.)