The day I got my HSC Results, I cried.

My goal was to get into Law School, and to get a 99.60 ATAR but after receiving my HSC Results, I had convinced myself that my dreams were done. What I didn’t know was that HSC Results and ATARs are two entirely different things, and that I had spent the whole day crying for absolutely no reason simply because I didn’t understand how it all worked!

Confused? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

That’s why I’m here to explain to you what you need to know about HSC Results, ATARs, and UAC Offers!

Below you will find answers to many of the FAQs about HSC Results and ATARs, Bonus Points, UAC Offers and Life After the HSC, explained to you in plain-English without the technical mumbo-jumbo.

Part 1: Interpreting and Understanding Your HSC Results

Are your HSC Results the same thing as your ATAR?

What do HSC Results do? What contributes to an HSC Result?

How do they relate to your ATAR?

In this article, we explain the three different components of HSC Results, and what NESA takes into consideration when they calculate your HSC Results for your ATAR.

Part 2: How does NESA and UAC calculate ATARs?

What is an ATAR?

How is it calculated?

What are scaling and moderation?

In Part 2, we outline the role of the ATAR in the tertiary admittance process, and how scaling and moderation work.

Part 3: Why is my ATAR lower than my HSC Results?

Does my school affect my ATAR?

My friend and I got similar marks but their ATAR is higher than mine?

What is a mystery mark?

In this article, we go through how percentiles work and how they can affect the outcome of your ATAR against others.

Part 4: What are Bonus Points and How Can They Help Me Get Into Uni?

What are bonus points?

How do they add to my ATAR?

When do they apply?

In Part 4, we look at bonus points and what they do to help get you into your selected university institution.

Part 5: How to Work UAC Offers to Your Advantage

Where can I access my offers?

Do I need to accept all of my offers now?

Can I have more than one offer?

With Part 5, we explore how UAC offers work and how you can make the best of UAC’s multi-round system of offering tertiary courses.

Part 6: What are the other ways to get into Uni?

My ATAR isn’t high enough to get into my course, how can I still get in?

What is alternate entry?

What else do tertiary institutions look at?

In Part 6, we have a look at what the future can hold for you and what you can do to bounce back and hit the ground running for 2016.

Part 7: Why Receiving a Low ATAR is Not the End of the World

What do I do if my ATAR is lower than I expected?

Where can I get help and support if I’m feeling down about my ATAR and results?

How can I move forward from a low ATAR and still do what I planned on doing?

In this article, we have an honest chat about why your ATAR does not define who you are and how you can keep mentally healthy in light of bad news.

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Elizabeth Goh isn’t a fan of writing about herself in third person, even if she loves writing. Elizabeth decided she didn’t get enough English, History or Legal Studies at Abbotsleigh School for her own HSC in 2010 so she came back to help others survive it with Art of Smart Education. She’s since done a mish-mash of things with her life which includes studying a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Relations) with a Bachelor of Laws at Macquarie University, working for NSW Parliament, and coming up with new things for her bio for every article.