This blog answers frequently asked questions about receiving your ATAR and VCE results.
- When are 2013 VCE results and ATARs available?
- What is an ATAR?
- How is the ATAR calculated?
- What information will be available on the internet and SMS services?
- How can I get my results on the internet?
- How can I get my results by SMS?
- Where can I find my PIN?
- Where can I find my VCAA student number?
- Are my results secure?
- How can I get my results if I am overseas?
- I did not receive my results in the mail
- Who can I contact with VCE Results and/or ATAR questions?
- I registered to receive my results by SMS but they didn’t arrive
- How are Language studies scaled?
- Will my ATAR be published in the newspaper?
- How does my un-scored VET subject contribute to my ATAR?
- How does my Higher Education Study contribute to my ATAR?
- Can I change my preferences?
- Does meeting ‘middle-band’ subjects or having a SEAS application increase my ATAR?
- ATAR is a legal document. What is fraud?
- Where can I find more information?
When are 2013 VCE results and ATARs available?
Your VCE results and ATAR are available to you from 7am Monday 16 December. You can access your results online or for those who pre-registered by midnight Sunday 15 December you can access results via SMS.
What is an ATAR?
The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, or ATAR, measures how well you did in your studies compared to all other VCE students. It is used to compare the overall achievement of students who have completed different combinations of VCE studies. The ATAR is calculated for tertiary selection purposes only.
How is the ATAR calculated?
VTAC scales all VCE Study Scores issued by VCAA (Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority) to calculate the ATAR. Studies are scaled to adjust for the fact that that it is more difficult to obtain a high study score in some studies than others. VTAC uses the scaled study scores to calculate an ATAR Aggregate and then the ATAR.
The ATAR Aggregate is calculated by adding:
- your best VTAC Scaled Study Score in one of English, English Language, Literature or EAL, plus
- the scores of your next best three permissible studies (which together with the English study make the ‘Primary Four’), plus
- 10 per cent of the scores for any fifth and sixth permissible study which you may have completed (these are called increments)
All eligible VCE students are then ranked in order of their ATAR Aggregate. From this ranking you are assigned a percentage rank over a 100 point scale which is then converted into an ATAR.
The ATAR is a number from 0 and 99.95 in intervals of 0.05. The highest rank is 99.95, the next highest 99.90, and so on. The lowest automatically reported rank is 30.00, with ranks below 30.00 being reported as ‘less than 30’.
What information will be available on the internet and SMS services?
The VCAA Information available provides you with the following details:
- Whether you have been awarded the VCE
- A list of all Year 12 studies completed by you in 2013, with your grades and study scores
- Whether you have satisfactorily completed VET Certificate details (if applicable)
- Whether you have been awarded the VCAL.
The VTAC Information available provides you with:
- Your ATAR
- Your VTAC scaled study scores used in ATAR calculation (internet only)
How can I get my results on the internet?
To access your VCE results and ATAR from the internet you must go to resultsandatar.vic.edu.au. You will need to enter your VCAA student number and your four digit PIN.
Make sure that you keep your student number and PIN in a secure place.
The internet service is free and is available 24 hours a day from 7am Monday 16 December until 5pm Friday 20 December 2013. After this time your ATAR can be accessed through your VTAC user account.
How can I get my results by SMS?
To receive your VCE results and ATAR via SMS you need to have pre-registered by Sunday 15 December, 12 midnight. Requests sent after this may be delayed.
You should receive your results via SMS from 7am Monday 16 December.
Where can I find my PIN?
If you have registered with VTAC between August and December 2013, you will need to use your VTAC user account PIN. If you have lost your VTAC PIN you can retrieve it using the lost VTAC ID/ PIN function on the VTAC website. Your PIN will be emailed to the email address on your VTAC user account.
If you haven’t registered with VTAC this year your PIN is the first four digits of your birth date. For example 20 September = 2009.
See Getting your VCE results and ATAR: knowing your PIN for more information.
Where can I find my VCAA student number?
Your VCAA student number is the number you put on your exams or used as part of your VTAC registration and course application.
If you have registered with VTAC between August and December 2013 and have lost your VTAC ID you can retrieve it using the lost VTAC ID/ PIN function on the VTAC website. Your VTAC ID number, which is also your VCAA student number, will be emailed to the email address on your VTAC user account.
If you haven’t registered with VTAC this year and you are unsure of your VCAA student number please check the number on your mid-year VCE results or contact your school. They will have a record.
Are my results secure?
Your results are delivered to you securely through the internet and SMS services using the latest security measures. To enhance the security of your results, ensure that your VCAA student number and PIN are kept in a safe place. Do not tell anyone else your secure PIN.
How can I get my results if I am overseas?
You can access your results through the internet while you are overseas. You cannot access your results by SMS from overseas.
I did not receive my ATAR statement in the mail
To receive your ATAR in the mail you need to be a VTAC applicant that has fully paid your VTAC application processing fee. If you have not applied for courses through VTAC or paid your VTAC processing fees you will not receive an ATAR statement in the mail.
If you are not a paid VTAC applicant and you would like an ATAR statement you may request to have one sent out to you by filling out a request for VTAC documentation form. Your ATAR can be posted to you for a fee of $15.
If you are a paid VTAC applicant you should receive your ATAR statement in the mail from 17 December, 2013. Your ATAR statement is posted to the address provided on your VTAC application before 9 December, 2013. If you updated your address after this date your ATAR statement has been sent to your previous address.
Who can I contact with VCE Results and/or ATAR questions?
If you have VCE results and ATAR questions you should contact the Post Results and ATAR Service (PRAS). The PRAS has been set up to assist you with any questions you may have about your VCE results and/or your ATAR. The PRAS does not provide actual results or the ATAR. If you would like to speak to someone about your VCE results or ATAR please telephone (03) 9032 1717 (metro callers) or 1800 653 080 (free call) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PRAS will operate from 7am to 5pm on Monday 16 December, and 9am to 5pm Tuesday 17 December to Wednesday 18 December 2013.
In addition VTAC and VCAA are hosting a joint results blog at http://resultsandatar.wordpress.com. VTAC and the VCAA representatives will be posting articles throughout the duration of the results service and up until 31 January 2014. You can subscribe or post a question anonymously.
Note: If your question is of a personal nature please contact either organisation by email or telephone do not post personal information on blog.
I registered to receive my results by SMS but they didn’t arrive
If you registered to receive your results and received a confirmation message on your mobile, but you did not receive them, please contact Salmat Digital on 1800 501 083.
How are Language studies scaled?
As a result of government policy to encourage the study of languages, a further adjustment is made during the scaling process. Each Language is adjusted up by adding five to the initial VTAC Scaled Score average. All students of a Language receive an adjustment, but it is not a uniform adjustment. For scores at or close to 30, the adjustment is 5, but the adjustment decreases as the score moves away from 30.
Will my ATAR be published in the newspaper?
VTAC will not publish your ATAR in any newspapers or press. The ATAR is calculated for tertiary selection purposes only.
How does my un-scored VET subject contribute to my ATAR?
An un-scored Unit 3 and 4 VET sequence may count as a fifth and/or sixth increment in the calculation of your ATAR. The increment is calculated from the average of your Primary Four VTAC Scaled Study Scores. For example, if your Primary Four studies average to 33.21 the increment used for your un-scored Unit 3 and 4 VET sequence will be 3.32.
How does my Higher Education Study contribute to my ATAR?
An approved Higher Education Study may count as a fifth and/or sixth increment in the calculation of your ATAR provided you pass the study and it is within the restricted study combinations. The increment is calculated based on the level of results achieved in your Higher Education Study:
- If your average result over all the Higher Education Study units is at least 90%, the Higher Education increment will be 5.0.
- If your average result over all the HE study units is at least 80% but less than 90%, the Higher Education increment will be 4.5.
- If your average result over all the HE study units is at least 70% but less than 80%, the Higher Education increment will be 4.0.
- If your average result over all the HE study units is at least 60% but less than 70% the Higher Education increment will be 3.5.
- If your average result over all the HE study units is at least 50% but less than 60% the Higher Education increment will be 3.0.
Can I change my preferences?
Yes, you may change your preferences until the change of preference closing date, 23 December, 12noon. To do so login to your VTAC user account, click ‘Course application’ and then ‘Current course preferences’.
Does meeting ‘middle-band’ subjects or having a SEAS application increase my ATAR?
Any ATAR or Aggregate increases stipulated in the ‘middle-band’ section of course entries are used internally by the institution for selection purposes only. If your ATAR is not high enough for automatic selection, selection officers may consider other factors in your application. These other factors can include: middle-band criteria, extra requirements such as folio presentations, interviews, supplementary forms and special consideration. These other considerations will not alter your actual ATAR, but increase your chances of receiving an offer.
ATAR is a legal document – What is fraud?
Doctoring a screen shot or actual ATAR statement is illegal. If any forged documentation is used or presented to any official organisation as being true, it is considered fraud and VTAC will no alternative but to involve the police.
Where can I find more information?
You can find more information about the ATAR in the following publications and links on the VTAC website:
The Age newspaper supplement (available from Monday 16 December)
The Herald Sun newspaper supplement (available from Monday 16 December)