These are indicative ATAR cut-off scores for 2022 going into 2023. They are not guaranteed by us. Always check with the individual uni first. You may be able to get in with a lower score, especially if you have adjustment factors in your favour that increase your selection rank.
Minimum ATAR Scores by University and Degree
Convert an ATAR to an IQ Score
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To do the calculation, we mapped the ATAR onto a normal distribution. If you’re an average student, the result may be quite close to your IQ. For overachieving students, who study harder than normal, your ATAR could overstate your IQ. For underachievers, who are slack with study, you might have a higher IQ than your ATAR indicates.
Scoring 70 for example means you beat 69 out of every 100 people in your age group. Those 69 either didn’t record an ATAR or scored less than you. An ATAR of 70 corresponds with an IQ of 108.
Average ATAR and Good vs Bad Scores
Is your ATAR good, average or bad? Well, just recording an ATAR is an accomplishment. Not everyone does it. But what is the average ATAR?
The average ATAR for people finishing Year 12 in Australia is around 70.00. Females usually score slightly better than males. The average ATAR reduces to 50.00 once you include people who dropped out or failed.
What is a good ATAR score?
You want to achieve an ATAR that allows you to study the field you’re interested in, preferably at the university of your choice.
For most people, a good ATAR score is 80.00. Eighty is the minimum ATAR for entry into most programs at the Australian National University. ANU has the fourth highest undergraduate admission standards in Australia. With a score of 80.00, you’re in a strong position and have plenty of options.
An ATAR from 70.00 and 79.95 is also a creditable outcome that will open doors for you. A score of 70.00 will get you into major programs at around two-thirds of Australia’s 40 mainstream universities.
Several mid-ranking universities in Australia set 70.00 as the minimum selection rank for popular courses. These include QUT, RMIT, Curtin, ECU and Murdoch University. At last count, 15 universities had average cut-off scores from 60.00 to 69.95.
About University ATAR Cut-Off Scores
The table of university course entry scores uses ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) cut offs for bachelor degrees. These provide guidance for 2023 admissions. They represent the minimum ATAR required or lowest selection rank.
An ATAR score of 70 out of 100, for example, means you are in the top 30 percent for academic achievement in your cohort. Only 30 percent of people around your age completed secondary education and achieved better grades.
ATAR scores are published by the universities and indicate the score a school leaver needs to achieve to receive an offer. Some are fixed while others are estimated scores based on final cut-offs for 2022 applicants. The sample consists of three of the most popular undergraduate degrees: Arts, Business/Commerce, and Science/Engineering.
Uni Admission Score Practices
Universities that are hard to get into are considered prestigious. Demand for places is strong, so they can set admission standards above the norm. Are they better? Maybe, maybe not. But a degree from a university with tough entry standards will tend to be valued more than a degree from an “average” university.
A. Elite (high ATAR) universities
For prestige reasons, universities often actually have lower ATAR requirements than advertised. They want to fill places but don’t want to admit to having lower standards. You may receive an offer even if you don’t meet the published ATAR requirement.
Getting into a university with high ATAR cut-off scores is great. But many other things are worth considering when choosing a uni and course. Too many students decide to go to the most prestigious university that will have them—when there are better options available.
Universities with the highest course entry standards tend to be the older universities based centrally in major cities—for example, Melbourne Uni, Sydney Uni and UNSW. By studying there, you can get a highly valued degree while experiencing the big city. But city life is not for everyone and you may have to relocate.
There can also be an academic downside to attending elite universities. Because other students have high academic ability on average, you may struggle to stand out. Would you rather be an average student at a prestigious university or a high achiever at a normal one? Ultimately, whichever university you attend, your performance as a student is what really matters.
B. Universities with low ATAR cut-off scores
Universities that set modest or low course admission standards do it for different reasons. Some universities target students who have average ATAR scores and can’t into other universities. They are competing with other universities and set scores low enough to attract students.
Often universities with modest course entry requirements are the main university in a region (e.g. University of the Sunshine Coast or the University of Tasmania). They need to provide places for all students finishing Year 12 with the ability to complete a degree. Regional Australian universities can have many outstanding students.
C. Universities without ATAR requirements
A couple of universities – Torrens University Australia and Victoria University – don’t have any ATAR requirements at all. We indicate this with a minimum ATAR of 50 in the league table. You’re still expected to have at least either (a) finished Year 12 or (b) achieved something after leaving school in terms of work experience or vocational education.
While you may be eligible to enrol, you might want to first ask yourself if it would be a good move. Are the issues that prevented you from excelling in secondary education going to persist into university studies? University is worthwhile only if you’re able to succeed with your studies.