What is the ATAR?

The ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, which is a tool designed to assist tertiary institutions when selecting students for courses. It provides an overall measure of a student’s relative performance in their VCE studies.

The ATAR is created by VTAC using the results from a student’s successful completion of the VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education), as assessed and administered by the VCAA (Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority).

VCE students will receive a study score from the VCAA for each study a student completes, which reflects their relative performance in that study only. So that institutions can fairly compare students who have chosen different subject combinations, VTAC applies a process of scaling to each study score before it is used in the calculation of the ATAR.

Students who have satisfied the requirements for the VCE and have study scores in one of English, English as an Additional Language, English Language and Literature and at least three other studies (in a permissible combination) are eligible to receive an ATAR.

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