What happens to your marks

Marks Adjustment Process: What happens to your marks?

How your TEA is calculated:

Your WACE course score is 50% of your WACE exam score plus 50% of your school mark.

Your WACE exam mark is standardised, which is maths-talk for making it look pretty and easy to compare. Your actual mark may change, but the ranking remains the same.

Your school marks are moderated. Schools are allowed to set their own assessments and exams, so it makes it hard to compare the school marks with each other. Hence, your school marks are moderated by taking into account your WACE exam score (which everyone sits).

If you did well in the WACE, but not so well in your school marks, it usually means that your school’s assessments too hard in comparison to everyone else, so your school marks are moved up to compensate. The reverse is also true.

Next, your overall WACE course score is scaled. Theoretically, each course in the same stage should be the same difficulty, but in reality, they are different.

First, 15 bonus points are added to Stage 3 scores, before scaling, to compensate the fact that Stage 3 courses are harder than Stage 2. (Note that Stage 1 courses are not counted when calculating ATAR.)

Then, the average of the scores in each subject are compared to each other, and are adjusted so that each average reflects the same level of difficulty.

For example, the average score in Physics may be 40, while the average score in Chemistry may be 60. This means that, comparatively, Chemistry was probably easier than Physics. Thus, the marks are adjusted so that the average is the same, in this case 50. Thus, every Physics student’s score has 10 added to it, while each Chemistry student has 10 taken from their score.

Finally, your top 4 scaled scores are added to form your TEA, out of 400.

To find how your ATAR is calculated from your TEA, click here.

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