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realistic or not?
« on: November 24, 2015, 09:50:48 am »
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I just finished my UMEP Maths exams, and I'm a bit disappointed with my performance (dropped 10 marks because of silly mistakes) - hoping I can scrape a 90% :3 However, this has got me thinking about next year, etc. and I have a question:
Supposing I go on and do Biomed and other science/math subjects in Uni, is it a realistic goal to maintain 95+% mark for every subject (and hence a WAM of somewhere in the mid 90's)? I'm aware that 'marks' tend to take a sharp drop between high school (where 90% is 'bad') and uni (where 90% is a mid H1).
However, assuming I'm a high-achiever type student (don't know yet, waiting for the ATAR, hoping for mid-99's) is this doable for most subjects, or is it out of reach?
Thanks :)
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Re: realistic or not?
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2015, 10:14:32 am »
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I just finished my UMEP Maths exams, and I'm a bit disappointed with my performance (dropped 10 marks because of silly mistakes) - hoping I can scrape a 90% :3 However, this has got me thinking about next year, etc. and I have a question:
Supposing I go on and do Biomed and other science/math subjects in Uni, is it a realistic goal to maintain 95+% mark for every subject (and hence a WAM of somewhere in the mid 90's)? I'm aware that 'marks' tend to take a sharp drop between high school (where 90% is 'bad') and uni (where 90% is a mid H1).
However, assuming I'm a high-achiever type student (don't know yet, waiting for the ATAR, hoping for mid-99's) is this doable for most subjects, or is it out of reach?
Thanks :)

Not sure if this is pertinent or not, but in somewhere like Med, having an average of over 85% is almost never heard of (this is basing off my bro's friends from like 10 years ago, where they went from 99.90/95 atars to averages of ~75%)

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Re: realistic or not?
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2015, 10:43:04 am »
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In a maths major, this might be possible if you're numerically gifted and work very hard. But several subjects have top marks in the low 90s, and rarely even the higher 80s. I don't think a 95 WAM is realistic for the vast majority of people. In a science discipline it's probably JUST possible, more so if you're doing maths and physics exclusively (but given how difficult advanced math is, it wouldn't be a walk in the park), or maybe (if you're incredibly focused) a rote-heavy and very formulaic biomedical science major. Averages of 87+ tend to be in the top 3-5%, just to give you an idea.
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Re: realistic or not?
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2015, 10:43:25 am »
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I just finished my UMEP Maths exams, and I'm a bit disappointed with my performance (dropped 10 marks because of silly mistakes) - hoping I can scrape a 90% :3 However, this has got me thinking about next year, etc. and I have a question:
Supposing I go on and do Biomed and other science/math subjects in Uni, is it a realistic goal to maintain 95+% mark for every subject (and hence a WAM of somewhere in the mid 90's)? I'm aware that 'marks' tend to take a sharp drop between high school (where 90% is 'bad') and uni (where 90% is a mid H1).
However, assuming I'm a high-achiever type student (don't know yet, waiting for the ATAR, hoping for mid-99's) is this doable for most subjects, or is it out of reach?
Thanks :)

Me being the cynical hopefully 'graduate', I think 95+ for every subject is extremely unrealistic .
Sure you can hit several subjects in the 95+ region but getting that for every subject is somewhat absurd. As bad as this may sound, if that is your definition of success or achievement, be prepared for failure then.
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Re: realistic or not?
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2015, 10:58:57 am »
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I think only the really top people in biomed manage to get WAMs of 95. I say that because I know two people who have that (if you are interested in their ATARs, one got a 99.95 and the other got a 99.65 with high 40s raws in most or all of their subjects). It's pretty difficult as even a person with an average of low-mid 80s is considered competitive for MD at Melbourne, provided they do well in the GAMSAT. Idk, another friend of mine that got 99.95 (but not one of the top ones though as his highest SS was a 49 in both Spesh and Methods) is averaging 90, and said he could have been averaging 95s if he worked harder (he works relatively hard but he is involved in a lot of other things like research, tutoring, music and volunteering initiatives).
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Re: realistic or not?
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2015, 11:54:19 am »
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I just finished my UMEP Maths exams, and I'm a bit disappointed with my performance (dropped 10 marks because of silly mistakes) - hoping I can scrape a 90% :3 However, this has got me thinking about next year, etc. and I have a question:
Supposing I go on and do Biomed and other science/math subjects in Uni, is it a realistic goal to maintain 95+% mark for every subject (and hence a WAM of somewhere in the mid 90's)? I'm aware that 'marks' tend to take a sharp drop between high school (where 90% is 'bad') and uni (where 90% is a mid H1).
However, assuming I'm a high-achiever type student (don't know yet, waiting for the ATAR, hoping for mid-99's) is this doable for most subjects, or is it out of reach?
Thanks :)

Yeah nah. Even a lot of the chancellors I know dont have a 95 WAM - you would liteally have to be insane.

Your expectations will definitely drop after you start university.
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Re: realistic or not?
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2015, 04:10:39 pm »
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Getting 90+ for a single subject is quite possible, but only the top students in each cohort actually manage to get 90+ across all their subjects. After first year uni semester 1, you will be able to gauge how hard you will need to work to get a H1, or even 90+ for that matter. This is an over-generalisation, but only about 20-30% of the cohort gets H1 (depending on the subject; other people please correct me if you wish!!). But keep in mind, scores you get for VCE aren't necessarily reflective of how well you will do in uni.