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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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Melbourne uses the VCE ATAR System in Year 11 and 12

From Years 5-10, students mainly focus on general English, Maths and Science.

In year 11 and 12, students complete subjects as part of their ATAR studies, which is the system used in Victoria to get admission into university.

VCE subjects and subject performance is used to calculate your.

What is the VCE?

Exactly how the mythical VCE works is a constant source of confusion for parents and students - sometimes even for those currently undertaking VCE subjects. Hopefully all of the following information - explained for you by a VCE survivor! - will clarify the key points of confusion.

How does VCE work?

The VCE consists of four units (1-4) which are undertaken across two years. These are generally Year 11 (Units 1 and 2) and Year 12 (Units 3 and 4), however subjects can be undertaken as accelerated courses of study. As a result, some students may undertake Units 1 and 2 of a subject in Year 10 and Units 3 and 4 of a subject in Year 11. While this is the most common form of acceleration, some schools allow units to be taken even in earlier school years. Note that, in some cases, it is possible to undertake Units 3 and 4 of a subject without having completed Units 1 and 2.

The VCE is structured around a study design that details all the content to be learned by students. This content is broken down into key Areas of Study. They are then tested in Outcomes (graded S/N -satisfactory or not-) in Units 1 and 2 and School Assessed Coursework (SACs, graded A+ to UG - ungraded) in Units 3 and 4, as well as final VCE exams at the end of all four units.

Final exams explicitly test only learning from Units 3 and 4, however content from Units 1 and 2 is assumed knowledge and therefore often necessary to complete exams. At the end of the process, students receive a Study Score out of 50 for each Units 3 and 4 subject undertaken, as well as an overall ATAR. Study scores are derived from SAC and exam marks, while the ATAR is derived from the study scores. Both of these forms of a student's final mark are rankings against the performance of other students.

The VCE system can be quite complex, and understanding what's going on can be very daunting for new students and parents. If you ever need some assistance with VCE studies or subject specific help, KIS Academics tutors have a thorough understanding of their subjects and can assist in understanding curriculum requirements. Our tutors are able to provide materials and teaching on how to prepare for VCE assessments. Learn about our VCE tutoring and book a free study skills consultation with a KIS Academics tutor.

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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

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Hey there! My name is Jeff, and I graduated as the Dux of Xavier College with an ATAR of 99.95. I'm currently studying a Bachelor of Medicine at Monash University.

High school is unequivocally challenging - VCE aside for a moment, balancing your social life, home life and extra-curricular activities can seem quite daunting. I was in your position not too long ago and had an incredibly full-on schedule. And perhaps like you now, I dreamt big - I wanted to go into medicine after high school. This meant juggling all my commitments while being in the top 0.1% of the state academically. Frankly, I had my doubts.

But I made it.

Since graduating high school, I have made it my mission to help passionate, conscientious students who dare to dream to attain their full potential. Having tutored and mentored more than 30 students, I am very confident in helping you to score the best marks possible and get into your desired uni course.

And unlike some, I didn't sacrifice my social life and hobbies in year 12. I have gradually developed a series of strategies to study efficiently and maximise every second of my revision to maintain good grades. These have helped me to attain perfect study scores and Premiers' Award in Physics and English. And perhaps more importantly, I had an eminently enjoyable and personally enriching experience throughout the six years of high school.

My teaching style is concept-oriented, meaning I prioritise helping you to fully understand the underlying ideas using well-written and clear notes before walking you through example questions. In other words, I wish to train and guide the way you think and approach questions. Having been tutored myself by a VCE methods examiner, I'm confident in helping you to develop an "exam-perspective" to understand just exactly what the examiners are looking for. Moreover, I aim to cultivate the skill of studying efficiently rather than abundantly within all my students, an ability that will undoubtedly assist you in time management and to achieve success in your future careers - after all, that's what VCE is all about!

Seiyon Sivakumar




Hi, My name’s Seiyon and I graduated high school with an ATAR of 99.85 and a study score of 50 in Further Maths and 45 Scaled to 49 in Maths Methods. I also received a UCAT score in the 95th percentile and am currently studying Medicine at Monash University.

I have taught and helped over 30 students achieve their study goals. This includes students who have received perfect study scores of 50.

For students interested in undergraduate Medicine or Dentistry entry, I also offer tutoring for the UCAT. I have helped students to achieve scores ranging from 2920 to 3280 (90th to 99th percentile).

I have a deep understanding of the subjects I tutor, which enables me to not only clearly explain concepts but also provide unique tips for answering questions.

Claire Boulter




Hi, I'm Claire! Having graduated recently, I'm well accustomed to the roller coaster that is high school. Although it can feel like there is a lot of pressure, the key to success lies in mastering the foundations of any subject. As a tutor, I would love to work with you to develop a deeper understanding of your subject, as well as providing some quick tips to enhance exam strategies.

Throughout my years of schooling, I participated in as many sports as possible, meaning I often felt short on time! As a result, I have learned that efficiency is key and that hours upon hours of studying is not synonymous with success. I understand that each student has their own set of goals, and as your tutor, my primary concern would be to understand your personal idea of success and enable you to achieve that.

I am now studying Law (honours) and Languages (French major) at the ANU. If I'm not spending my spare time playing sport or reading a new book, my favourite thing to do is to get ice cream with friends :)

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