WACE ATAR Pathway

The WACE ATAR Pathway applies to a student who studies a minimum of eight paired ATAR course units (four ATAR subjects) in Year 12. This pathway may comprise a variety of subject options with the aim of suiting the academic needs and interests of the student whilst ensuring they meet requirements for WACE graduation and entrance into tertiary study, be that university, TAFE, an Apprenticeship or the workforce.

In Year 11, students must select an English course (preferably ATAR) and then choose five additional subjects that can be either ATAR or General subjects, so long as there are a minimum of eight paired ATAR course units (four ATAR subjects).

In Year 12, students must select an English course (preferably ATAR) and then choose five or four additional subjects that can be either ATAR or General subjects, so long as there are a minimum of eight paired ATAR course units (four ATAR subjects).

It is important to note, in Year 12, subjects must be taken as a pair of units – change between semesters is not permitted.

Whilst the study of an English course is the only mandatory subject to achieve one’s WACE, English does not need to be included in the calculation of the ATAR (unlike Victoria and NSW).

From 2020, both English and English Literature may be used in the calculation of the ATAR.

Calculation of the ATAR

An ATAR ranges from 99.95 to zero, and reports your rank position relative to all other students. It takes into account the number of students who sit the WACE examinations in any year and also the number of people of Year 12 school leaving age in the total population.

The ATAR allows the results of any WA student applying for university admission interstate to be directly compared with results in other states.

The ATAR is calculated from the Tertiary Entrance Aggregate (TEA).

 

Tertiary Entrance Aggregate (TEA)

The TEA is the sum of a student’s best four scaled scores based on the following rules:

  • You can accumulate the scaled scores which contribute to your TEA over five consecutive years, but you can only count any subject once. If you repeat a subject, the best score in that subject is used.
  • There are some unacceptable course combinations (eg Maths Methods together with Maths Applications). For these combinations, scores in both subjects cannot both be used. The best score in that subject is used.
  • If you have a scaled score in a Language Other Than English, 10% of the LOTE scaled score is added to the aggregate of your best four scaled scores. If you have more than one LOTE score, only one (the best) LOTE scaled score will be used as the LOTE bonus. You receive the LOTE bonus even if your LOTE course wasn’t one of your counted as one of your best four.
  • If you have a scaled score in Mathematics Methods ATAR and/or Mathematics Specialist ATAR, 10% of your scaled score/s in these subjects will be added to your Tertiary Entrance Aggregate. You will receive this Mathematics bonus even if the course/s aren’t in your best four.
  • The maximum TEA is 430.

Your TEA will be calculated and then converted to an ATAR, which tells you where you’re ranked relative to other students.