Australian Tertiary Admission Rank

Who gets an ATAR?

Log in to view your 2023 ATAR: available until midnight 18 March 2024.

You'll need your Year 12 student number and UAC PIN to log in.

If you've lost your NSW Year 12 student number, call NESA on 1300 13 83 23. If you've lost your UAC PIN, call UAC on (02) 9752 0200.

When you view your ATAR, download and save your official 2023 ATAR Advice Notice. It's free until 18 March 2024: after that you will need to buy it through the UAC Shop at a cost of $70.

NSW HSC students will also have their ATAR issued as a digital credential: instructions on how to claim your credential.

Frequently asked questions about the ATAR

January Round 1 lowest selection ranks: the lowest selection rank – ATAR plus adjustment factors – that could have resulted in an offer to each course in January Round 1.

To be eligible for an ATAR in NSW, you must satisfactorily complete at least 10 units of HSC courses. The make-up of these 10 units depends on when you complete the HSC: details are set out below.

    To be eligible for an ATAR in NSW, you must satisfactorily complete at least 10 units of HSC courses. These courses must include at least:

    • 8 units from Category A courses
    • 2 units of English
    • three Board Developed courses of 2 units or greater
    • four subject areas.

    Your ATAR is then calculated from your:

    • best 2 units of English
    • best 8 units from your remaining units, which can include no more than 2 units of Category B courses.

    How your ATAR is calculated

    From 2025, there will be no distinction between Category A and Category B courses.

    To be eligible for an ATAR in NSW, you must satisfactorily complete at least 10 units of HSC courses. These courses must include at least:

    • 10 units of Board Developed courses
    • 2 units of English
    • three Board Developed courses of 2 units or greater
    • four subject areas.

    Your ATAR is then calculated from your:

    • best 2 units of English
    • best 8 units from your remaining units.

    How your ATAR is calculated

    The following students are not eligible to receive an ATAR:

      • International Baccalaureate (IB Diploma) candidates (they are allocated a UAC rank based on their IB Admissions Score)
      • students undertaking tertiary preparation programs such as the Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC) and Open Foundation.

      The difference between HSC subject areas and courses

      Within an HSC subject area (eg mathematics) there may be a number of courses (eg Mathematics Standard 2, Mathematics Advanced, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2).

      Access a list of HSC courses and their subject areas

      If a student studies, for example, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2, English Advanced, English Extension 1 and Biology they will not meet the four subject area requirement because they have only studied three subject areas: Mathematics, English and Biology.

      Similarly, if a student studies English Advanced, English Extension 1, English Extension 2, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2, Modern History and History Extension they will not meet the four subject area requirement because they have only studied three subject areas: Mathematics, English and Modern History.

      History Extension does not count as an additional subject area.

      Similarly, Science Extension does not count as an additional subject area.

      What it means to satisfactorily complete a course

      You'll be considered to have satisfactorily completed a course if, in your principal’s view, there is sufficient evidence that you have:

      • followed the course developed or endorsed by NESA
      • applied yourself with diligence and sustained effort to the set tasks and experiences provided in the course by the school
      • achieved some or all of the course outcomes
      • made a genuine attempt at assessment tasks that total more than 50% of the available school assessment marks for that course.

      You also need to make a serious attempt at the examination for the course. For more information about HSC eligibility requirements, visit the NESA website. Failure to satisfactorily complete a course will result in that course not contributing to the eligibility requirements. If the course is a 2-unit course with an associated extension course, failure to satisfactorily complete the 2-unit course will result in neither the 2-unit nor the extension course contributing towards your ATAR.

      Limited ATAR

      Some institutions allow applicants completing Year 12 to use a Limited ATAR, along with other selection criteria, to gain entry to tertiary study. Check each institution's admission criteria.

      Eligibility

      To be eligible for a Limited ATAR, you must meet both of the following conditions:

      • be at least 20 years of age on 1 March the year you finish your HSC studies
      • be taking between 5 and 9 units of ATAR courses, including at least 1 unit of a Category A English course.

      Calculation

      A Limited ATAR is calculated from the best 5 units of courses completed, rather than the 10 used for the standard ATAR.

      The Limited ATAR is calculated using scaled marks from ATAR courses comprising:

      • at least 1 unit of English (Category A course only)
      • the best 4 other units of Category A courses.

      All units must be:

      • completed in the same year
      • made up of Category A courses.

      From 2025, there will be no distinction between Category A and Category B courses.

      Eligibility

      To be eligible for a Limited ATAR, you must meet both of the following conditions:

      • be at least 20 years of age on 1 March the year you finish your HSC studies
      • be taking between 5 and 9 units of ATAR courses, including at least 1 unit of an English course.

      Calculation

      A Limited ATAR is calculated from the best 5 units of courses completed, rather than the 10 used for the standard ATAR.

      The Limited ATAR is calculated using scaled marks from ATAR courses comprising:

      • at least 1 unit of English
      • the best 4 other units of courses.

      All units must be completed in the same year.