This thread is going to act as a one stop shop for all sorts of advice about results, and a place for you guys to ask any questions you have about anything at all that isnít answered below.
This is also the place to share how you went with us and with your peers. Think of it like a mini celebratory parade of results, just for us. Hell, even if you arenít a forum member yet, register now and tell us how you went! If youíve gotten a result you are happy about, tell the world and weíll be sure to send a fist bump through the internet!This is a supportive thread.
I donít have to tell you guys how stressful the HSC can be, and there will be all sorts of people here today. People stoked with their marks, whether they be Band 6ís or Band 3ís, and that is awesome. Letís be happy that people achieved their goals and wanted to share that with us. Equally, there will be people disappointed in their marks, and we need to be supportive of them too.I Donít Get Whatís in front of Me? Where did it come from?
If you want a bit of a behind the scenes look at where your marks came from, read our scaling guide
. This guide goes through the process of attaining the marks that you received this morning. However you feel about them, it is nice to know where the heck they came from! If you have any questions about this process, let us know down below!Iím Really Happy with my Results!
That is awesome. Take comfort in the fact that a random guy on the internet is seriously proud of you. Everyone here at ATAR Notes is seriously proud of you.
Donít feel bad for being proud of what youíve accomplished over the last two years of your life. Itís a big deal! And importantly, be proud no matter how big or how small your accomplishment was. If you got 1st in the state for English, go you! If you passed Mathematics when you were so sure you failed, go you just as much! Everyone has their own goals, and so if youíve met them, donít be ashamed to get excited!
Of course, make sure you are also really sensitive of the fact that not everyone will have achieved the goals they set themselves. For every person wanting to jump for joy, there is also someone who is probably really disappointed. And this can be the people we least expect.
So, look after your mates. You guys have all accomplished something incredible just by getting to the end of this massive stage of your life. Donít be afraid to celebrate, and donít be angry at people who do celebrate. Be supportive, and always keep looking upwards and forwards, never back and never down.Iím Not So Happy with my ResultsÖ
If you are one of the people who arenít so happy this morning, first of all, that is okay.
We all set goals for ourselves. You did it for your HSC, you do it in your job or in sports. If you go, youíll do it at university too. And no matter how well you do, youíll always measure your success against the goals you set for yourself. Even if you get a mark that most people would be happy with, if itís not what you aimed for, then you have every right to be disappointed. Donít ever let anybody make you feel ashamed of not being happy with your marks.
But just the same, this is just the start of your life. Itís disgustingly clichť, but: Your HSC Results donít define you
. The very fact that you are disappointed is evidence of the fact that you are clearly passionate about yourself, about your interests, and about your future. This, and all the other qualities that make you who you are, are what makes millionaires and will forge your future.
Trust me, any negative emotions you have now will fade fast. Plus, you might surprise yourself when your ATAR comes out tomorrow! Even if your results donít quite meet your expectations, that doesnít mean your ATAR wonít. Stay optimistic, you just never know!Handling the Hecklers
Whether you are happy or not, you will definitely get people asking about how you went today. You might not want to tell them; and if you can avoid it, then donít. Log out of Facebook, switch off your phone, delete your Tinder account.
Some people, you canít avoid telling. This sucks; telling someone a result you arenít happy with is not easy. But once it is done, it is done. Hopefully they support you, but if they donít, then surround yourself with people who do. Today is not the day to be brought down or to bring someone else down, today is a day to be with the people who support you for the person you are. ATAR is Coming Tomorrow
With your results now behind you, for better or worse, now we look towards the ATAR. The fact that there is a day difference between your marks and your ATAR sucks massively, but thatís a rant for another day. Any Victorians reading this, feel free to make fun of us belowÖ
I once had a teacher tell me that youíd remember the day you get your ATAR for a while. Most stories I hear are of waking up early and waiting on the off chance it comes out slightly early (which it does sometimes). Mineís a little different.
I remember, on the night before I received my ATAR, I set an alarm for something like 8 oíclock the next day. Iíd not gotten a great sleep the night before, but I set the alarm and got to sleep. I probably should have known Iíd sleep through that alarm.
My plan to get up and wait on my laptop for the release of my ATAR was replaced with a frantic phone call from my girlfriend wondering how I went. She had gotten hers and done really well, so I was congratulating her over the phone with one hand and trying to type in my ridiculous password with my right hand.
It seemed sort of anticlimactic really; no build up, no waiting. Just, ďOh shit, letís log in and check that then.Ē
Just the same, try not to think too much about what is coming. I did, and it ended up being a waste because my ATAR snuck up on me. Try not to build expectations, try not to develop fears, and try not to set any plans or contingencies for how you think the day is going to go. No writing down the numbers of universities because you think you wonít get into your course. Just relax, enjoy a night celebrating the conclusion of your high school career, and maybe get to sleep earlier than I did if you want to get up on time.
Oh, and I could of course add all the ďYour ATAR is just a number, it doesnít matter in a year,Ē and that stuff is true. I vouch for it. But 90% of the people reading this are bloody sick of hearing that.So Should I Predict my ATAR with my Results?If you want to get a prediction of your ATAR using our ATAR Calculator, click here.
How accurate is the prediction? No ATAR Calculator is totally accurate, and you should always take the results with a grain of salt. That said, this one guesses mine within 0.1 of being correct. Iíve seen it guess 2015 graduates ATARs perfectly. It can definitely get your mind thinking in the right area.
Should you predict? Estimating your ATAR is kind of seen like part of the experience, part of the package.
However, if you donít want to estimate, then donít. A lot of people are better off not doing the estimate and just heading in blind. Donít feel pressured to do it, just because you can.
If you have ANY questions at all about your results, PLEASE ask them below! Otherwise, sound off, how did you go?