Limited ATAR

Some institutions allow a small number of applicants completing Year 12 to use a Limited ATAR, along with other selection criteria, to gain entry to tertiary study. A Limited ATAR is calculated from the best four units of courses completed, rather than the eight used for the standard ATAR.


To be eligible for a Limited ATAR based on your 2016 HSC studies, you must meet both of the following conditions:

  • be at least 20 years of age on 1 March 2016
  • be taking between five and nine units of ATAR courses in 2016, including at least one unit of English.

Calculation of a Limited ATAR

The Limited ATAR is calculated using scaled marks from ATAR courses completed in 2016 and comprising:

You cannot accumulate a Limited ATAR and you cannot include Category B courses in a Limited ATAR.

If you're eligible for a Limited ATAR, you'll receive a written ATAR Advice Notice. ATAR Advice Notices will start to be delivered the day ATARs are released.

Some institutions use the Limited ATAR in conjunction with other criteria for selection purposes.

Institutions that use the Limited ATAR

Can you receive an ATAR and a Limited ATAR?

Yes. If you meet the criteria to receive a Limited ATAR, and also meet the criteria to receive an ATAR, both will be calculated and sent to you.


If a student aged over 20 years studied eight ATAR units (including two units of English) in the 2015 HSC, he or she would have received a Limited ATAR in 2015. If the same student decides to study two additional ATAR units in the 2016 HSC, he or she will be eligible for an ATAR in 2016.

Under some circumstances it is possible for a student to receive an ATAR and a Limited ATAR in the same year.

Each institution decides whether to use the ATAR or Limited ATAR for selection purposes. Some will use the Limited ATAR in conjunction with other criteria.

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