Australian Year 12 students

The Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) is the grading system used to assess and compare the coursework and exam results of school leavers who are applying for entry to university. An ATAR ranges from 99.95 to zero, and reports your rank position relative to all other students. It takes into account the number of students who sit the WACE examinations in any year and also the number of people of Year 12 school leaving age in the total population.

If you have an ATAR of 70.00, for example, it indicates that you have achieved as well as or better than 70 per cent of the Year 12 school leaver age population in the state.

The ATAR allows the results of any WA student applying for university admission interstate to be directly compared with results in other states. All states (except Queensland) report student rankings as an ATAR.

You need at least four scaled scores for an ATAR to be calculated. The ATAR is calculated from your Tertiary Entrance Aggregate (TEA).

Download a technical explanation of how the ATAR is calculated [.pdf – 572 kB]

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma applicants

We welcome applications from International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students. If you are an IB Diploma student, find out about our admission criteria, application process and scholarship opportunities available toward entry into a Curtin undergraduate course.

Specific course information

You can find out the minimum ATAR needed for entry into Curtin undergraduates courses through the course finder.

Have any questions about courses, admission criteria, bridging and enabling courses or anything else Curtin related? We can answer it.