Results and ATAR: Frequently Asked Questions

This blog answers frequently asked questions about receiving your ATAR and VCE results.

When are 2015 VCE results and ATARs available?

Your VCE results and ATAR are available to you from 7am Monday 14 December. You can access your results online or for those who pre-registered by midnight Sunday 13 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’.

Restriction on use of VFE Block Credit in the ATAR calculation where a student has previously been awarded an ATAR

For an ATAR calculated up until and including 2014, if a student was previously eligible for an ATAR, then new VFE results can only contribute to the ATAR when fewer than six VCE and VCE VET results are available. For ATARs calculated in 2015 and later VFE results can only be used in the calculation of an ATAR if there are fewer than 6 VCE or VCE VET studies available. If there are 6 or more VCE or VCE VET studies available, a VFE block credit result cannot be used.

If you’re not sure whether you’ve done VFE or VCE VET studies, check out this page on the VCAA website.

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.

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.

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 2015, 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 view your results online, log on to using your VCE student number and Results Service PIN. The default Results Service PIN is the first four digits of your birthdate, however you are strongly encouraged to change this prior to the release of results. It is a separate PIN to your VTAC PIN. Results will be available online from 7am Monday 14 December to 5pm Friday 18 December.

The internet service is free and is available 24 hours a day from 7am Monday 14 December until 5pm Friday 18 December 2015. 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 12 midnight, Sunday 13 December. Requests sent after this may be delayed.

You should receive your results via SMS from 7am Monday 14 December.

Where can I find my PIN?

By default your Results Service PIN is the first four digits of your date of birth. So if you were born on 22 August, your Results Service PIN would be 2208. However you were encouraged to change your Results Service PIN through your VTAC user account or on the VCAA website.

Your Results Service PIN is separate to your VTAC PIN.

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 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 most up-to-date 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, however the SMS service isn’t available 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 paid your VTAC application processing fee by 5pm, Monday 7 December. 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 didn’t pay, or are not applying but would like an ATAR statement you can 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 Tuesday 15 December. Your ATAR statement is posted to the address provided on your VTAC application before 7 December, 2015. If you updated your address after this date, your ATAR statement has been sent to your previous address, and you will need to access it from your old address, or request a new statement.

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

The PRAS will operate from 7am to 5pm on Monday 14 December, and 9am to 5pm Tuesday 15 December to Wednesday 16 December 2013.

In addition VTAC and VCAA are hosting a joint results blog at VTAC and VCAA representatives will be posting articles throughout the duration of the results service and up until 30 January 2015. 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 the blog.

For further information about the PRAS, accessing your VCE results and the ATAR refer to the VTAC website at or VCAA website at

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.

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.

Can I change my preferences?

Yes, you may change your preferences until the change of preference closing date, 12 noon, Monday 21 December. To do so login to your VTAC user account, click ‘Course application’ and then ‘Change my undergraduate preferences’. Change of Preference will also be open between each offer round in January and February.

Does subject bonus 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: subject bonus, 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 official 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 have 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:

ABC of Scaling

Year 12 and the ATAR

Study rules and restrictions

Study groupings

Scaling and the ATAR

The Age newspaper supplement (available from Monday 14 December)

The Herald Sun newspaper supplement (available from Monday 14 December)

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