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ATAR explained

ATAR is the primary criteria to assess and compare the results of high school students for entry into an undergraduate university degree.

Assessing your ATAR

My ATAR is higher or equal to what I expected

Congratulations! You’re in a good position to receive your place in USQ’s class of 2022. If you are happy with your QTAC application preferences, your ATAR is equal or higher than your chosen degree’s entry requirements, and you meet any other entry requirements of the degree – well done! You can now sit back, relax, and await further instruction from QTAC who will be in touch with an outcome to your application soon.

Don’t forget, if your ATAR is 84 or higher and you place USQ as your #1 preference, you could receive one of our automatic Academic Excellence Scholarships.

Want to change your QTAC application preferences? You can do so up until 20 December, 12pm and still be included in the December offer round. You can also chat with our Degree Advisors to discuss different study options available.

That’s okay! You should be proud of what you achieved regardless. The USQ team can help you get into your desired degree, no matter what your ATAR. There are several options available to you:

  1. Our free Pathway Programs can help you get into your chosen degree. They can be short as one semester and can guarantee you entry into most USQ degrees.
  2. Include the Bachelor of General Studies in your QTAC preferences. You can start your studies and may be able to transfer into another degree after you’ve successfully completed your first semester.
  3. You can change your preferences to a similar degree with a lower ATAR entry requirement. You can change your preferences up till 20 December, 12pm and still be included in the December offer round.

Remember you can go over all your options with our Degree Advisors. Contact them today.

No worries. There are plenty of other ways to get into uni and we are here to help make it happen.

USQ’s Pathway Programs can be completed in as little as one semester and can guarantee you entry into most USQ degrees. You'll learn how to succeed at university, and the confidence to follow your dream career.

Chat with our Degree Advisors to chat about your study options.

About ATAR

ATAR is the primary criteria to assess and compare the results of high school students for entry into and undergraduate university degree.

ATARs are expressed as a number on a scale from 99.95 (highest) to 0.00 (lowest) in 0.05 increments with ATARs below 30.00 are reported as “30.00 or less”. The amount of students in each increment is determined by the Year 12 population in Queensland.

An ATAR of 75.00 does not mean you score of 75%, it indicates you were placed in the top 25% of Queensland in your Year 12 cohort.

The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) calculates ATARs for Queensland school leavers.

The ATAR is calculated using a student’s best 5 General subject results or:

  • best results across 4 General subjects plus an Applied subject
  • best results across 4 General subjects plus a VET qualification at a Certificate lll level or above.

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) then provide QTAC with student subject results and completed VET qualifications to complete the ATAR calculation.

Further information on Queensland ATAR is available.

QCE and ATAR are different and have different purposes.

The Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) will remain as Queensland’s senior secondary school qualification. 
ATAR tells us the students ranking compared to other students in the state. The only intended purpose of ATAR is to assist universities with selecting applicants. 

QCE is awarded and released by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) whereas the ATAR is calculated and released by the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

General subjects will replace authority subjects in the new ATAR system.

Some USQ degrees only require assumed knowledge, however some have English as an entry requirements and some degrees may require Mathematics and/or Science. There are many general subjects you can choose from to meet pre-requisites for English, Mathematics and Science.

Categories  General subjects 
English  English
English as an additional language
Literature English
Literature Extension 
Mathematics  General Mathematics
Mathematical Methods
Specialist Mathematics
Science  Agricultural Science
Biology
Chemistry
Earth & Environmental Science
Marine Science
Physics
Psychology 

To meet the pre-requisites you must have a minimum grade C in Units 3 & 4. It is important to check what pre-requisites are required for the program you want to study when you make your year 10 subject selection.

Further information on USQ entry requirements is available.

If you do not receive an ATAR or achieve the result you were hoping for, don't worry USQ has pathway options for you. USQ will continue to accept certificate III or higher as a pathway option.
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OP to ATAR conversion

Although there is no direct translation of OP to ATAR, QTAC have created a conversion guide detailing how the ATAR equated to Queensland Ops.

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Adjustment factors pathways

You may be able to increase your selection rank with an Adjustment factor pathway, helping you gain entry into your choose USQ degree.

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