ATAR results: what to do next, no matter what your score is

ATAR results: what to do next, no matter what your score is

It’s finally happened. After waking early, you nervously clicked over to the VCAA website, checked your email or opened your VCE Results and ATAR app, and it’s official: you have an ATAR score.

Congratulations on all of your hard work to reach this point!

You might be excited, disappointed, surprised or strangely calm – or a complete mix of emotions. Regardless of how you’ve done, one thing is true: you can finally put aside all of the speculation and trepidation about your score. You’ve got your number and – when you’re ready – you can start thinking about your future in concrete reality.

What happens next will be different for every student, but it all starts with how your score matches up with your goals. Here’s what to do, no matter what ATAR you’ve achieved.

I kicked ATAR butt!

Well done and high five! Assuming you’ve secured all the prerequisites for the course you’ve listed as your top preference and your ATAR falls into the ‘clearly-in’ range, nothing really needs to change. Keep your dream course at number one, add Orientation 2018 to your calendar, breathe, relax and wait for an offer letter.

If you’re joining us here at La Trobe, add us on social media to stay in the know about what’s happening on campus –  visit Facebook, TwitterInstagramLinkedin and Snapchat at ‘latrobeuni’.

And before you start planning your summer break, remember to check in with your friends and thank your parents for supporting you.

I didn’t get quite what I wanted – help!

First off, don’t panic – you still have heaps of options. Your ATAR isn’t the one-and-only factor in your future success (trust us on this one!). The truth is, sometimes things don’t go as planned, no matter what you do.

Begin by focusing your mind on your end goal. Then start mapping out pathways that will get you there. If you need help with this, check out how to contact us below.

There’s no reason to remove your dream courses from the top of your preference list – but think carefully about your second and third preferences.

Here are some options you might like to explore:

  • See if you’re eligible for Special Entry conditions, which can help add bonus aggregate points to your score.
  • Consider applying for the same course at a regional campus where the clearly-in score may be lower.
  • Enrol in a pathway course with similar foundation subjects, then maintain a solid grade average and transfer in second or third year – for example, biomedical science is a great foundation to many more specialist degrees.

Even if the route to your dream course involves a detour or sidestep, have confidence in yourself that you can still reach your destination. Visit our Change of Preferences page for tools to think through your options and make the most of your preferences.

I’m having second thoughts about my preferences

Perhaps you got a higher ATAR than you thought you would? Maybe your interests have changed and a double-degree sounds intriguing? Or it could be that you’re thinking about the value in doing a gap year. It’s in your power right now to preference a different course – so think big!

With your score in hand, try our  ATAR Wizard  to explore different options available to you. Then, scroll through our Course Explorer to learn more about the courses you find most appealing.

I have my ATAR, but I’m not sure where I stand

It’s all a bit overwhelming right now, we get it. Both you (and your parents) need time to process your results, understand the VTAC process and unpack what your ATAR score means for this next phase of your life.

It’s not all just about number, after all – it’s important to know what life at university is really like, from accommodation services to clubs and societies, as well as how university will prepare you for your future career.

That’s why we’re running an on-campus Advisory Dayso you can come talk through your options and get some expert advice in person:

  • Melbourne Campus: Saturday 16th Dec, 10am–2pm
  • Shepparton Campus: Saturday 16th Dec, 10am–2pm

If you’re considering studying at our Albury-Wodonga, Mildura or Bendigo campuses, you can book a one-on-one consultation to receive tailored advice.

Five ways you can get a quick answer to your questions

We’ve extended our operating hours to make sure you can have all your questions answered.

Social media: We’re here from 7am–7pm on social media to help you. Ask us a question on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, or Snapchat (‘latrobeuni’) and we’ll reply quick smart.

Live chat: You can ask us a question online.

Phone: Call us on 1300 135 045 during the following times:
Friday 15 December: 7am–9pm
Saturday 16 December: 9am–5pm
Sunday 17 December: 10am–3pm
Monday 18 December: 7am–7pm
Tuesday 19 December: 9am–5pm
Wednesday 20 December: 9am–5pm

FAQs: Search our FAQs, where we’ve answered a huge range of popular questions.

We’re here on the phones/live chat/social right up until the Change of Preference period ends at 12pm on Wednesday 20 December – so get in touch!