IB & ATAR

Whilst the ATAR calculation is complex for HSC students, for IB graduates, the conversion between an IB Diploma Score to an ATAR is determined by a table of conversions that have been calculated by the Australasian Conference of Tertiary Admission Centre (ACTAC). The conversion table allows the IB score to be used for university entrance in Australia in the form of an ATAR that is comparable to the ATAR HSC students receive. Universities may add adjustment factors on top of the ATAR equivalent when you receive an offer for a course.

However, many universities have started to utilise the IB score for entry into a course, rather than the ATAR conversion. Make sure to look out 👀 for this on the UAC website or UAC guide when checking courses; as some may specify an IB score as well as an ATAR requirement for entry into a course. If both are specified, the university will use your IB score rather than the ATAR conversion.

The following table details the conversion of the IB diploma score into an ATAR equivalent for students applying for University in 2020 to commence university study in 2021.

2020 Passing Diploma Score (including bonus point i.e. TOK + EE points)ATAR Equivalent for University Entry in 2021
4599.95
4499.75
4399.55
4299.20
4198.70
4098.05
3997.30
3896.45
3795.45
3694.05
3592.80
3491.50
3390.00
3288.15
3186.40
3084.30
2981.90
2879.25
2777.40
2675.10
2572.00
2469.10

These ATAR conversions have been sourced from: https://ibaustralasia.org/university-entrance, and are correct as of the 9th of June 2020. Note that some of the conversions have changed from the previous years, whilst others have remained the same.

Now that you know what your potential IB will equate to as an ATAR – set your goal and work hard at achieving it!

Always set yourself a realistic but challenging goal 🎯 – don’t aim for just a pass, because you will be complacent and may not even reach this goal. Remember your ATAR or IB score is a key to getting in to your preferred university course, so you have got to work hard to get the marks!💪

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you will be among the stars!🌠

Have any questions, comments or need clarification about the IB? Let me know down below!

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