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What is the ATAR?

QCE 2019+: What Stuff Means

From 2019, there have been major changes to the Queensland education system. These changes will affect you and your results, but there will also be a lot of rhetoric surrounding what the changes mean.

Our aim is to help you understand the changes, and then thrive in them. We hope ATAR Notes will be your first port of contact over the next couple of years for anything QCE-related.

Let’s start with what the ATAR actually is:



Main takeaways:


So the main things to remember?

  • “ATAR” stands for Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank. It ranges from 0 to 99.95, in increments of 0.05 – so there are a lot more potential results than under the OP system.
  • The ATAR helps to compare QCE achievement. It provides an objective measure no matter what QCE subjects you’re studying.
  • The ATAR isn’t a score. Instead, it’s a percentile ranking. What that means is that if you get an ATAR of 80.00, you have outperformed 80% of students.
  • The ATAR is calculated from your five best QCE subjects. This must include at least one English subject!


Where to from here?

For more than ten years, ATAR Notes has helped over 200,000 students across Victoria and New South Wales. We’ve delivered hundreds of free revision lectures, have thousands of notes available to download, and have more than a million posts on the ATAR Notes Forum.

We have the back of VCE students, we have the back of HSC students, and we have the back of QCE students. We’ll be here to help you every step of the way.

To do that, we’ll be offering heaps of free QCE resources to help you get on top of the new system, and crush your subjects in 2019 and beyond. To be the first to know, all you have to do is create a free ATAR Notes account! It will just take a few seconds – truly an amazing investment of time!