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Adjustment factors

These are additional points that can be added to your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) to calculate your selection rank. They don't change your ATAR but can enhance your selection rank for specific degrees.

Assumed Knowledge

Previous study knowledge or skills assumed for certain units. Bridging courses are available if you lack this knowledge or would like to refresh your knowledge.

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

A score between 00.00 and 99.95 that reflects your rank relative to all students in your cohort, not just your Year 12 class.

Bridging course

A bridging course is a short-term educational program offered by Australian universities to help students bridge knowledge gaps and acquire essential skills required for successful entry into higher education programs.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

An enrolment arrangement for higher education courses in Australia where the government provides funding to subsidise the cost of tuition.

Credit Point

A specified number of points that need to be completed for your degree in order to graduate. Each unit (or subject) that you study at university is worth a specific number of credit points.


The process by which a student who has been offered a place in a higher education program chooses to delay their enrolment to a future academic term or year, typically due to personal or academic reasons, or other commitments.

Double Bachelor Degree

Allows you to pursue two degrees simultaneously, combining different fields of interest.

Early Entry

Schemes through which you can receive an early university offer before you receive your HSC results.


A flexible unit allowing personalisation of your degree by choosing subjects from within or outside your field of study.


The formal process by which a student officially registers for and becomes a participant in a specific higher education program or course offered by an institution. It involves selecting classes, confirming personal details, and agreeing to academic and financial responsibilities.


Provides financial support to students who are enrolled in fee-paying places, allowing them to defer their tuition fees through a government loan. Students only repay the loan once their income reaches a certain threshold, making education more affordable and aligned with future earnings.

Guaranteed Entry

If you achieve the published selection rank for a degree, you're guaranteed an offer if you've listed it as your top preference.


Allows students with CSPs to defer their student contribution fees, meaning that the government pays part of the fees upfront. Students only repay the loan once their income reaches a certain threshold, making education more affordable and aligned with future earnings.


The primary setting for learning course content in university. Lectures vary in length and often take place in theatres or smaller rooms.


An area of focused study within a degree (e.g., Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Education).


A student who has completed their first degree (Bachelor's degree) and has returned to do further studies such as a Master’s degree or a phD.


A required school subject or condition that must be satisfied before enrolling in a specific course unit.


Financial awards or grants provided to students based on various criteria, including academic merit, financial need, leadership, community involvement, and/or specific talents. They aim to support students in pursuing their higher education goals by helping to cover tuition fees, living expenses, and/or other educational costs.

Selection rank

This considers your ATAR or equivalent rank along with adjustment factors. It is used to determine your eligibility for university degrees.


Equivalent to a school term, with two main sessions/semesters in a year (Session 1: February–June, Session 2: August–November).

Single Bachelor Degree

A program focused on a specific area of study, typically lasting three to four years.

Tutorial (Tute)

A smaller group session for discussing course material and asking questions, usually involving around 20-30 students.


Similar to a session/semester, but the year is divided into three terms.


A student studying their first degree (Bachelor's degree). After graduation, they become graduates.


Equivalent to a subject; usually involving a fixed number of credit points and around 12 hours of study per week.

Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)

Processes most applications for university admission in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.