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What’s an ATAR?
Your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a score between 0.00 and 99.95. It shows you how you rank compared to all the students in your year group in Australia – so, for example if your ATAR is 80.00, that means you’re in the top 20 per cent.
You can find out more information about the ATAR at uac.edu.au.
What’s a selection rank?
A selection rank is the combination of your ATAR and any other adjustment factors that make up your overall university entrance score. Most universities will consider your application based on your selection rank rather than on your ATAR alone. Your selection rank may differ from university to university, and even from course to course within a university, depending on the adjustment points granted to you for each course you apply for.
What are adjustment factors?
Adjustment factors (previously known as bonus points) are considerations beyond your ATAR that contribute to your overall selection rank. For example, you could receive adjustment points if you’re from a regional or remote area, if you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or if you’ve experience socioeconomic disadvantage – any points you receive will be added to your ATAR, increasing your overall selection rank.
Here’s how it works: if you’re a year 12 student with an ATAR of 70 and you’re eligible for 10 adjustment points through an equity admissions scheme, your application would be assessed based on an overall selection rank of 80.
At UTS, adjustment points can be gained through the following adjustment factor schemes: Year 12 Subject Scheme, inpUTS, Engineering and IT Questionnaire, Business Cadetship Scheme or the Elite Athlete and Performers Scheme. Further information is available at the Admission Schemes page.
I’m applying directly from high school. How do I know what selection rank I need to get into my chosen course?
Once you’ve chosen a course, visit the webpage for the course you’re interested in to see the 2018 selection rank. While these numbers may change from year to year, the 2018 results should give you a ballpark idea of the sort of selection rank you’ll need to get into your preferred course.
What selection rank should I aim for to receive an offer to my preferred course?
All offers made by UTS are competitive, and they’re based on a limited number of places. The number of applicants and quality of applicants will impact the selection ranks for each course, and the ranks themselves may change from year to year.
So, while there’s no one specific number you should be aiming for, the basic rule of thumb is that the higher your selection rank, the better your chances – so focus on getting the best results that you can!
Will I be assessed on anything other than ATAR – for example, can I submit a personal statement or portfolio to support my UTS application?
If you’re a current school leaver (that is, you’re currently in Year 12), you’ll be required to submit supporting documentation for the following courses:
- 601010 B Accounting – applicants are selected based on their ATAR, a compulsory online application form, an interview, and their participation in a group assessment.
- 603210 B Information Technology – applicants are selected based on their ATAR, a compulsory questionnaire and interview.
- Engineering and IT courses – applicants are selected based on their ATAR and an optional questionnaire.
- Science: applicants will be invited to take an optional aptitude assessment – UTS Science believes that some applicants may have an aptitude for scientific study that’s not reflected in their HSC results.
If you’re a non-current school leaver (that is, you’re not completing recognised Australian Year 12 studies or an overseas equivalent in 2018), you can complete an optional personal statement form, attend an interview and/or submit a portfolio for some courses.
If additional selection criteria are required for your chosen course, they’ll be listed in the course description on the UTS website. Make sure you submit your additional documentation by the closing date, otherwise your application will be considered on the basis of academic results only.
Take the time to visit our course admission requirements pages to find out more about admission to your chosen course.
Why does the UAC guide/website differ to the UTS website?
The UAC website shows the selection rank needed for entry into a course in 2018, for any student who completed high school between 2015 – 2017. The ranks on the UTS website show only the rank needed for students who completed high school in 2017. To see a comprehensive breakdown of ranks for high school leavers and non-recent school leavers, please head to our updated Admissions Stats Tool.
Watch this video to find out how your ATAR works when applying for uni