# How is ATAR Calculated?

One of the big mysteries for students and parents is how the magical ATAR number is calculated. Here’s a brief overview of what is done.

**What is the ATAR?**

The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a number between 30.00 and 99.95 with increments of 0.05 that represents a student’s rank within Victoria.

For example, if you score 99.95, this is akin to being in the top 0.05% of Victoria. Likewise, an ATAR score of 80.00 is indicative of being in the top 20%.

**Then what’s a Study Score?**

The Study Score is value out of 50 which ranks a student’s performance for a particular VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) subject. Completed year 12 subjects are each given a Study Score which are then used to calculate the ATAR. Let’s have a look at what certain study scores mean in terms of rank:

**Standard Study Scores:**

**30 **means in the **top 50% **of Methods students

**35 **is the **top 26% **

**40 **is** top 9% **

**45 **is the** top 2%**

**Scaled Study Score**

Some subjects are more difficult than others to score well in. Scaling was introduced so that there is a level playing field and students can pick subjects they are interested in without worrying about how it will affect their ATAR. It changes slightly every year but let’s have a look at what a study score in Maths Methods is usually means:

**Maths Methods Scaled Study Scores:**

**20 **went to a** 21 **

**25 **went to** 28 **

**30 **went to** 34 **

**35 **went to** 40 **

**40 **went to** 44 **

**Aggregate Score before ATAR**

The word “aggregate” means something that is formed by several parts. For example, a cake is an aggregate because it is made from flour, milk, sugar etc.

The Aggregate score is calculated by adding the Scaled Study Scores of English, the three highest Scaled Study Scores and 10% of a fifth and sixth Study Score.

**Finally, ATAR is calculated from the Aggregate Score**

The ATAR score comes directly from the aggregate score. VTAC provides a table which shows the relationship between the two numbers. Here is an example from 2013.

**The Overall Flow**

This is the basic sequence used to calculate the ATAR score:

**That’s the Basic Idea**

This is the basic overview of how the ATAR Score is calculated. You may be interested in how SACs (School Assessed Coursework) contributes to ATAR, you can learn that by clicking here.

If you have any other questions, just send me an email at **alex@mathsmethods.com.au.**

Hope this helps :)

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## **Who is the presenter?**

Hey guys! It's Alex, I'm the creator of MathsMethods.com.au with degrees in Mathematics/Astrophysics. I've educated students for my entire career, spent several years rewriting the Maths Methods textbook to create my popular video tutorials that focus on a solid understanding the fundamentals, as this is the key to making Maths Methods easier for all students. I've done seminars nationally and internationally and currently have thousands of students, parents and teachers who have benefitted from my resources. I'm super excited to be presenting this workshop and can't wait to see you there!

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**Year 12 Workshop Details:**

**When**: 10:30am to 4:30pm, Saturday 25th January 2020

**Where**: Victoria University, 300 Flinders Street, MELBOURNE 3000

**Cost**: $99 per person

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**Year 11 Workshop Details:**

**When**: 10:30am to 3:30pm, Saturday 18th January 2020

**Where**: Victoria University, 300 Flinders Street, MELBOURNE 3000

**Cost**: $79 per person

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**Who is this for?**

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**Here's what past students have to say:**

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**“Fun and engaging **

I really struggle in Methods Methods but this Workshop really helped explain the fundamentals of Methods in a fun and engaging way. There is a countless number of things I learnt today. Alex has the greatest energy which helped make 4 hours of Maths seem short.

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**“Easy to comprehend **

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**Year 12 Workshop Details:**

**When**: 10:30am to 4:30pm, Saturday 25th January 2020

**Where**: Victoria University, 300 Flinders Street, MELBOURNE 3000

**Cost**: $99 per person

Please wait to be redirected after payment

**Year 11 Workshop Details:**

**When**: 10:30am to 3:30pm, Saturday 18th January 2020

**Where**: Victoria University, 300 Flinders Street, MELBOURNE 3000

**Cost**: $79 per person

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## Comments

## Alex Tolnai

Cool, that was easy to understand!