Making Sense of Your Child's Results
What does it all mean?
So, your child has received their results.
But what does the ATAR score mean and when does it become important?
Change of Preference (CoP)
Change of Preference (CoP) refers to the period - taking place in mid-December - during which students have a chance to reassess their course preferences.
While it is not a requirement, many students do choose to change their preferences once they have a clearer picture of what courses they may be elibigble for in light of their Year 12 results.
ATAR stands for Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank. It is a percentile ranking that compares students for that particular year based on their Year 12 results.
It replaced various state-based ranking systems at the beginning of 2010 (including the ENTER in Victoria) and is now used throughout Australia, except in Queensland.
What does it mean?
As an example, a student who receives an ATAR score of 75 has achieved an overall result that is in the top 25 percent (75-100) of students who have completed Year 12 in that year.
A Clearly-In ATAR is a figure arrived at based on demand, applicants and the number of places allocated each year to a particular course.
The previous year’s Clearly-in ATAR can be used as a guide to possible selection, but can be subject to fluctuation.