Some institutions allow 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 5 units of courses completed, rather than the 10 used for the standard ATAR.
- Calculation of a Limited ATAR
- Institutions that use the Limited ATAR
- Can you receive an ATAR and a Limited ATAR?
To be eligible for a Limited ATAR based on your 2017 HSC studies, you must meet both of the following conditions:
- be at least 20 years of age on 1 March 2017
- be taking between 5 and 9 units of ATAR courses in 2017, including at least 1 unit of English.
Calculation of a Limited ATAR
The Limited ATAR is calculated using scaled marks from ATAR courses completed in 2017 and comprising:
- at least 1 unit of English
- the best 4 other units of Category A courses.
You cannot accumulate a Limited ATAR and you cannot include Category B courses in a Limited ATAR.
Some institutions use the Limited ATAR in conjunction with other criteria for selection purposes.
Institutions that accept the Limited ATAR
- Australian Catholic University – under certain circumstances
- Australian College of Applied Psychology
- Australian Maritime College
- Australian National University
- Charles Sturt University
- International College of Management, Sydney
- La Trobe University
- Macleay College – Limited ATAR not the sole criterion used for selection. Each application will be considered individually.
- Macquarie University
- MIT Sydney
- Southern Cross University – for applicants sitting the NSW HSC
- Top Education Institute
- Torrens University Australia
- University of Canberra
- University of New England – not accepted for admission to 780000 B Medicine – Joint Medical Program
- University of Newcastle – not accepted for admission to 780000 B Medicine – Joint Medical Program
- University of Technology Sydney
- University of Wollongong
- UNSW Sydney – not accepted for admission to 428000 B Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine or 429750 B Vision Science/M Clinical Optometry
- Western Sydney University
Can you receive an ATAR and a Limited ATAR?
Yes. If you meet the criteria to receive a Limited ATAR and an ATAR, both will be calculated and and you will be notified of both. However, students usually receive a Limited ATAR in one year and and ATAR in a later year, once they have completed the required number of units.
If a student aged over 20 years studied eight ATAR units (including two units of English) in the 2016 HSC, he or she would have received a Limited ATAR in 2016. If the same student decides to study two additional ATAR units in the 2017 HSC, he or she will be eligible for an ATAR in 2017.
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.