All I remember was shouting at the top of my lungs “MUM, DAD.” I scared the sh*t out of them I yelled so loud. They didn’t even know why I was so ecstatic.It took so long to sink in and to just say the words: “I did it. I don’t know how but I got a 99.95 ATAR”
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It is very likely that you have heard of the ‘ATAR.’ You might have already received yours or perhaps you are keenly waiting for its release. Regardless, it is important to know what exactly the ATAR is and how it works so you can understand how you performed in your final year of high school compared to your state-wide cohort.
The ATAR is the ‘Australian Tertiary Admission Rank.’ The way ATARs are calculated across states do vary slightly but traditionally your ATAR will be a number between 0.00 and 99.95, measured in increments of 0.05. So, with the highest ATAR being 99.95, the next highest is 99.90 and so on. The number is a rank (not a mark out of 100) and is indicative of your position relative to all other students in your state’s year. For example, if you receive an ATAR of 75.00 that would place you in the top 25% of your cohort.
The ATAR is used by universities across Australia, providing a measure to accept a certain number of students into courses with the appropriate ‘cut-off’ or ‘minimum’ ATAR. The minimum ATAR is often transferred to a ‘Selection Rank’ by universities - this includes the ATAR plus any relevant adjustment factors (previously referred to as ‘bonus points’). These adjustment factors will not change your personal ATAR but will change your selection rank that can help you get into a certain degree. The selection rank adjustments are based on a range of factors including high performance in Year 12 subjects relevant to your degree, living or attending a school in a certain area, financial hardship or athletic achievements. Most states have their own Education Access Scheme (EAS) that consider these factors.
We know all of this ATAR business can seem confusing and daunting but it is important that you trust the process! If you are waiting for your ATAR, trust the hard work that you have already put in. If you have already received your ATAR, remember there are so many post high-school pathways available. And finally, if you're preparing for your Year 11 or 12 ATAR exams, organise a free study skills consultation with one of our tutors - we'll be able to guide you to getting the score you desire!
As a year 11 student doing ATAR, I was looking for a tutor that could help me with French. KIS Academics was incredibly helpful and fast at finding me someone who could assist me with my studies. My tutor Eliza Carey over the past few months has helped me so much not only in French but in biology and maths as well. I’m incredibly grateful for the effort and commitment she has put into helping me be more comfortable and less stressed about the subjects I was having difficulty with. It’s been nothing but an honour to be tutored by Eliza and I strongly recommend her as a tutor
Hello!! I’m Amelia. I graduated high school with an ATAR 99.3 and an English score of 50. I also achieved 99th percentile in UCAT, and am fortunate enough to be pursuing my dream degree Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Medicine at UQ.
My hobbies include swimming, music and spending time with friends at the beach, and these weren’t activities I was willing to give up completely in order to achieve academic success. Instead, through organisation, time management and efficient study; I was able to balance all three!
My goal is to help my students succeed in their studies by taking a holistic approach to their learning. After having to navigate the new QCE system, it was essential that I develop new skills to excel academically and reach my study goals. I wish to share my tips and tricks for success with my students and provide them with guidance and mentoring as they journey through their senior studies.
Hey! My name is Hari, and I graduated from Brisbane Boys' College with an ATAR of 99.05 (OP 1 Equivalent), with all my study scores above 90%, including a Mathematical Methods study score of 96%. This resulted in me being presented the title of being a Brisbane Boys' College Scholar, as well as being given the QCAA Certificate of Academic Commendation. In addition, I am also a recipient of the UQ Excellence Scholarship for a combination of outstanding academic excellence, significant leadership experience and exceptional community service achievements.
Whilst at school, I held several leadership positions, including being selected as a College Prefect in my final year. Further, I received academic excellence and subject application awards annually.
I'm planning to pursue my dream courses and study the Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Doctor of Medicine at the University of Queensland.
My main hobbies include playing tennis and cricket, and of course socialising and spending time with my friends! It's always good to have a good balance between relaxing and study (because of course, who wants to be studying all day!).
Having gone through the new QCE system myself, I've become accustomed to the tips and tricks that will allow you to achieve your best. My goal is not only to share my subject knowledge, but also to provide my students with a wealth of organisation and time management skills to help you enjoy your time at school!
My tutoring sessions will be uniquely tailored according to how you, the student, learn best, as I want all my students to do as well as they possibly can! I place great importance upon understanding the content, rather than simply memorising and rote-learning everything, as I believe this forms the basis for greater success.
No matter what your dream is, I would be humbled to have the opportunity to make that dream a reality.
If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me and ask!
Hello, I'm very pleased to meet you and introduce myself!
I graduated in 2020 and amidst a pandemic and the challenges of being the first ATAR cohort of Queensland, received an ATAR of 99.95. Furthermore, I was awarded by the QCAA as the top student in Queensland, placing me atop roughly 50, 000 graduating students in my cohort.
I am a Vice-Chancellor's Scholar at The University of Queensland, studying to become a doctor and I represent ~40, 000 university students as an elected member of the Academic Board - having a lot of experience in the secrets and strategies to optimise your scores, but more importantly, help you achieve your goals.
When I'm not working, I love to play all sports: you name it and I have competed in it. I also love debating and help maintain a personal Bonsai collection. I'd love to get to share my experiences with you and learn more about your hobbies to best help you blend your passions with your studies.
I have the pleasure of being your mentor and I honour my position so rest assured that your performance and future is placed in the best hands.
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