ATAR scores come out today

STUDENTS across the Northern Rivers will be getting news about their Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks today. Here are some statistics for this year's results:

At total 54,642 students were eligible for an ATAR. This is 205 less than in 2012.

Across NSW, 48 students received the top ATAR of 99.95. Sixteen of these students were female and 32 were male; they came from a mix of government and non-government schools and studied a range of courses.

A total 16.7% of students received an ATAR of 90 or above, 33.1% received an ATAR of at least 80, 48.9% at least 70 and 63.3% at least 60.

The median ATAR was 69.20 this year, slightly lower than in 2012.

To achieve a middle ATAR, students generally need to be in the middle of their courses and receive marks between 70 and 80.

However, because of the large percentage with marks between 70 and 80, ATARs of students with marks about 80 will often be very different from the ATARs of students with HSC marks about 70.

NSW's girls outscored the boys this year. The median ATAR for females was 71. The median ATAR for males was 67.

SOURCE: Universities Admissions Centre.



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