Students on a University pathway will select a program of study which enables them to achieve an ATAR. Students on a TAFE pathway will select a program of study which enables them to achieve a TAFE SA Selection Score.
Students on a University pathway will receive an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank).
The ATAR provides a measure of a student’s overall performance and academic achievement relative to other secondary school students across Australia. It is calculated based on the student’s university aggregate and then reported on their Tertiary Entrance Statement. The ATAR is a rank, not a mark. It is used to help universities rank applicants for selection into their courses.
The ATAR is a number between 0 and 99.95; ATAR entrance score is based on University cut off scores and will vary from course to course. Please work with a Pathways Counsellor to ensure that you are on an ATAR pathway.
TAFE SA Selection Score
The TAFE SA Selection Score is a number between 0 and 60 that’s used by TAFE SA to select students for entry into competitive courses.
The TAFE SA Selection Score may be used for selection into some courses. It is reported to students completing the SACE and is calculated from the scaled scores of the best 40
Stage 2 credits of Tertiary Admissions Subjects (TAS) plus the best outcome from either:
– the score of a third 20 credit TAS or Recognised Studies
or any two of the following:
– half the score of another 20 credit TAS or Recognised Studies
– the score of a 10 credit TAS or Recognised Studies
– the score of another 10 credit TAS or Recognised Studies.
The TAFE SA Selection Score is reported to students in the score range 0–60.00.
– scaled scores of 0.0 cannot be counted in the calculation of the TAFE SA Selection Score
– there is no limit to the number of 10 credit TAS that can contribute to the TAFE SA Selection Score
– counting restrictions are not used in the calculation of the TAFE SA Selection Score.
Information about selection into competitive courses is available from the
TAFE SA website
Scaling of Scores
The ATAR and TAFE SA Selection Scores are calculated using scaled scores. Scaling is a mathematical process to compare student performance in different SACE Stage 2 subjects.
Every SACE subject is unique; it has its own curriculum, learning goals and assessment criteria. Scaling means that the ATAR and TAFE SA Selection Score calculated for students who have completed different SACE study patterns can be directly compared in the selection process for entry to university and TAFE SA courses.
Scaled scores are expressed numerically but are calculated from the same individual assessment results the SACE Board uses to calculate final subject grades.
For more information about the calculation of scaled scores, is available from the SATAC website.
Also available is a video on Scaling and Tertiary Selection in South Australia.