ATAR + Course – Choosing Guide

ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) is a ranking system for high school students. By 2020, Queensland has shifted the grading system from OP (Overall Position) system to ATAR, which is unifying with other states in Australia.

ATAR is presented with 2,000 points of ranking, from the top ranking of 99.95 to the lowest ranking of 0.00, and each ranking has a 0.05 difference. So the highest ATAR ranking would be 99.95, then 99.90, 99.85…, etc. If the ATAR  is lower than 30.00, it is shown as below 30.00. ATAR is a ranking of 100 levels, not a grade, which is a competition for students. In another words, if a student gets an ATAR 80, it doesn’t mean he gets 80% of the grade; it means that his year 12 grade is positioned in the top 20% of a state.


Have you decided what to study after year 12? There are three considerations for choosing your study pathway that you need to pay attention to. 

1. Interest

It is important to consider your interest when it comes to selecting the course to study. We noticed that there are students who haven’t found their passions and specialties. So, first of all, you have to learn your preferences. Theoretical learning or practical learning? Do you like to make connections with people or are you a quiet person? Think about these things and they will guide you somewhere. 

2. Capability

In meantime, you need to think of your capability. Your goal has to be realistic with your grades. We, AAS, recommend students to consider similar professions for example if you want to become a veteran, you may also consider nursery, or pharmacy as backup plans. 

3. Financial concern

Top universities have comparatively high institution fees. If you want to lower the financial cost, you might consider taking a diploma year then transit to year 2, and eventually, you will graduate from the university. Some tertiary institutions have collaboration with universities in providing 1-1.5 year of diploma courses as a bridging. You may contact us for more detailed information. 

Have you decided what to study after year 12? There are three considerations for choosing your study pathway that you need to pay attention to.


Here are the three considerations for choosing your tertiary education pathway, you are welcome to contact us if you have difficulties or unsure about what exactly you want to do. AAS consultants will provide you professional advice and we can find a suitable course for you!

Last but not least, if you are applying to universities and student visas through AAS it is free of charge!