Frequently Asked Questions
What is the ATAR?
The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a rank between 0.00 and 99.95 with increments of 0.05. It provides a measure of overall academic achievement in the NSW HSC that assists institutions to rank applicants for tertiary selection. It is calculated by the institutions and released by UAC (Universities Admissions Centre).
What are the eligibility requirements for a UAI?
To be eligible for a UAI you must satisfactorily complete at least 10 units (including at least two units of English) of UAI courses. No more than 2 units of category B courses can be included in the calculation. Courses must include at least three UAI courses of two units or greater and at least four subjects. At least two units of English are included in the calculation of the UAI.
What do the Category A and Category B classifications mean?
Category B courses are those where, while the level of cognitive and performance demands are not regarded as satisfactory in themselves, their contribution to a selection index is regarded as adequate if the other courses included in the aggregate are more demanding.
A list of category A and B courses are listed here.
In 2005, the category B courses were:
- Business Services Examination
- Construction Examination
- Entertainment Examination
- Hospitality Operations Examination
- Industrial Technology
- Information Technology Examination
- Metal and Engineering Examination
- Primary Industries Examination
- Retail Operations Examination
- Tourism Examination
What is a Limited ATAR?
To be eligible for a Limited ATAR based on your HSC studies there are 3 conditions that have to be met:
- Be at least 20 years of age
- Take up at least one unit of English in addition to between five to nine units of Board developed courses.
- Attempted all exams in one sitting
Institutions that use the Limited ATAR:
- Australian Catholic University
- Australian Maritime College
- Australian National University*
- Charles Sturt University
- La Trobe University
- Macquarie University
- Southern Cross University
- University of Canberra
- University of New England
- University of New South Wales**#
- University of Newcastle***
- University of Technology, Sydney
- University of Sydney#
- University of Sydney, Faculty of Health Sciences#
- University of Western Sydney
- University of Wollongong
Note that some institutions use the limited ATAR in conjunction with other selection criteria.
[*] Not used for international fee-paying applicants.
[**] Limited ATAR is not accepted for admission to 428000 Medicine or 429025/449025 Optometry/Science.
[***] Limited ATAR is not accepted for admission to 480720/490720 Medicine.
[#] There are other selection criteria used including the Limited ATAR.
Where can I find more information?
You can find more information on the University Admissions Centre website.