It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Families are preparing for Christmas, and kids are finally on school holidays. But, amidst the anticipation of the festive season lies a turbulent day for Queensland Year 12 students.
On December 16 at 8 am, ATAR results were released. Given the precariously long build-up, it’s a safe bet to say that some students were stressed, whilst some were excited. These numbers represent a year’s hard work, but what do they really mean? In the simplest way possible, I’m here to hand you all things ATAR on a silver platter. Come along for the ride. If you're still unsure how exactly the ATAR is calculated, check out our comprehensive guide to the ATAR.
How did 2022 go?
Despite a disrupted year with a COVID lockdown and floods, Queensland’s students proved they were a force to be reckoned with. 27,245 students received an ATAR, with 33 achieving 99.95 – the highest rank possible.
They studied a combination of subjects that include but are not limited to English, Mathematical Methods, Engineering, Physics and Languages. 1313 graduates received ‘A’ grades in six subjects.
Achievement Award winners and Queensland’s highest achiever will be announced in February. To compare your results to the rest of the Queensland cohort, look out for QCAA’s annual ATAR report, which will also be released in February 2023!
Here is how to access your ATAR result:
1. Log onto the QTAC ATAR website (QTAC - Choose the future) to find your ATAR result and an accompanying certificate.
2. Check your emails for a message from QTAC. Look for the link in this email – clicking this will take you to your results.
So, what actually is scaling? To be quite honest, it took me ages to understand what scaling really was; there is limited information available, and when there is information, it seems to be written for scholars! Don’t worry, because I’m here to simplify this concept for you.
Take this example for instance: you complete Dance as a senior subject, scoring 95 for your overall mark. Data indicates that most students that completed Dance also did very well, getting scores in the 90s.
You also completed Chemistry, scoring 76. However, students that partook in Chemistry seemed to get lower scores, with most achieving between 60-70.
This data indicates that Dance was a fairly easy subject, but Chemistry was harder due to a lower average score. Because QCAA wants everyone to be on an even playing field, those who completed Dance scaled down overall (for the sake of the example above, from 95 to 82). But, those who did Chemistry scaled upwards (e.g. 76 up to 87).
This is done so everyone has a fair chance. It wouldn’t be fair for the scores to stay as they are (raw), as this indicates that Dance and Chemistry are of the same academic rigour when data shows that Chemistry is harder as students struggled to score high results.
So, scaling is put in place to ensure that all subjects are treated equally (and students don’t only take easy subjects to get the best score!). For more info, look here.
I know it can be annoying when you do well in a subject, only to find that your score has been scaled down! It’s important to know that scaling varies each year, and it is actually a representation of how your cohort does in each subject.
So, although some people recommend taking particular subjects because they scale up, there is actually no way to prove how the scaling will go for your year until all marks for your cohort are finalised! Long story short: do the subjects you love – it will pay off. Check out this to understand how to ace your subjects by knowing the syllabus inside out.
If you’re wanting to maximise your marks in Year 12, an ATAR calculator can be super handy. With this application, you can enter your current scores for the subjects you are completing; the system will then calculate a predicted ATAR for you! You can find these by searching the internet.
With this, you can estimate how high you must score on your next pieces of assessment to achieve your desired ATAR. But, keep in mind this is not an accurate representation of what your ATAR will be, as each cohort will perform differently.
If you’ve seen result flexes on Tik Tok, or have siblings that have achieved well (we’ve all been there), you may be wondering how you can be even better. Consider QCE tutoring! Here is a guide to how QCE works and QCE tutoring.
Tutors are invaluable mentors for your high school endeavours and can help you with all things, be it passing a subject you struggle in, giving you an edge on the subjects you already do well in or pushing you towards your killer ATAR goal!
Not only can they help you with academics, but they’ve literally run the Year 12 race for you! They can provide you with tips on managing your mental health, life and study skills and help with scholarship/uni applications.
If you’re interested, take a peek here.
1. What is scaling?
Scaling is the process in which your final results are adjusted across all subjects to accurately represent your success. Scaling is based on the difficulty of a subject and is representative of the cohort's skills in each subject (it will vary each year).
2. How is a tutor useful?
Tutors can help maximise your QCE results and share skills that they have acquired whilst completing the QCE system. They can also help with life skills such as mental well-being and time planning!
3. How do you find your ATAR result?
Log on to QTAC - Choose the future. Your result will be displayed once you are logged in, and you can download your official ATAR certificate.
Written by KIS Academics tutor Tiana Rukavina. Tiana currently offers tutoring for QCE English and Literature. Tiana is completing a Bachelor of Laws. If you would like to request Tiana as a tutor, feel free to reach out through her profile by clicking here.