Results and ATAR: Frequently Asked Questions

The release of ATAR and VCE results can be a stressful time if you’re in Year 12. But don’t panic – here are the answers to all of the most frequently asked questions about the ATAR and VCE results release.

When are 2016 VCE results and ATARs available?

Your VCE results and ATAR are available from 7am, Monday 12 December. Results can be accessed online on this date, and those who pre-register by midnight Sunday 11 December 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 Year 12 age students that year. 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?

The VCAA (Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority) produces study scores for each individual VCE subject, reflecting your relative performance in that subject only. Because different students complete different subjects, studies are scaled to adjust for the differing levels of competition between studies. VTAC uses these scaled study scores to calculate an ATAR Aggregate and then the ATAR itself.

The ATAR Aggregate is calculated by adding:

• Your best VTAC Scaled Study Score in one of English, English Language, Literature or EAL, plus
• The VTAC Scaled Study 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 listing you are assigned a percentile rank: your ATAR. An ATAR of e.g. 60 means that your overall performance was better than 60% of the Year 12 age group.

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’.

Some students only:

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 value is ten per cent of 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 2016, 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 date of birth, however you are strongly encouraged to change this prior to the release of results. It is a separate PIN to your VTAC PIN. The internet service is free and is available 24 hours a day from 7am Monday 12 December until 5pm Friday 16 December 2016. 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 11 December. Requests sent after this may be delayed.

You should receive your results via SMS from 7am Monday 12 December.

Where can I find my PIN?

By default your Results Service PIN is the first four digits of your date of birth. For example if your birthday is on 22 August, your Results Service PIN would be 2208. We strongly recommend, however, that you change this PIN through your VTAC user account or on the VCAA website to protect your privacy.

Your Results Service PIN is separate to your VTAC PIN.

Where can I find my VCE student number?

Your VCE 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 what your VCE student number is, please check the number on your mid-year VCE results or contact your school.

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 is not available.

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 5 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 $25.

If you are a paid VTAC applicant you should receive your ATAR statement in the mail from Wednesday 14 December. Your ATAR statement is posted to the address provided on your VTAC application as of 5 December, 2016. 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 is a joint results service between the VCAA and VTAC, 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. 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 12 December, and 9am to 5pm Tuesday 13 December to Wednesday 14 December 2016.

In addition, VTAC and VCAA publish a results blog at VTAC and VCAA representatives will be posting articles while the results service is active, up until 30 January 2016. 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.

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

In addition to the PRAS, you can contact VTAC via phone, email, or on social media for any questions you have.

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?

You can change your preferences up until the change of preference closing date of 12 noon, Tuesday 20 December. To do this, 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. A full list of dates can be found here.

Does subject bonus or having a SEAS application increase my ATAR?

Your ATAR doesn’t change if you’re granted SEAS consideration, or subject bonus, but your rank for that particular course may.

If a course applies ‘additional considerations’ it will indicate this in the course entry on CourseSearch. Any increase to your ATAR or aggregate based on this consideration is only for the institution to make selection, and is not an alteration to your actual ATAR.

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 – information about why and how studies are scaled, and how the ATAR is calculated.

Year 12 and the ATAR – additional information about how to get your results.

Study rules and restrictions – how different studies contribute to the ATAR.

Study groupings – some restrictions to studies that can be used in the ATAR. Check here if you’re not sure.

Scaling and the ATAR – how the ATAR is calculated for VCE and IB students.

VTAC Privacy Policy – information about your privacy, what VTAC collects, and how we share this information.

The Age newspaper supplement (available from Monday 12 December) – information on change of preference and course selection data from 2015.

The Herald Sun newspaper supplement (available from Monday 12 December) – information on change of preference and course selection data from 2015.

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