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Tertiary Institutions Service Centre
TISC
TISC WEBSITE (TISCOnline):
www.tisc.edu.au
For:
 Accessing a database of WA university courses
 Checking university course updates
 Applying online
 Changing and checking preferences
 Finding out your ATAR
 Accessing your offer information
 Checking scaling information
 Checking related sites (universities, interstate
admission centres, School Curriculum and
Standards Authority)
UNIVERSITY ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
WA YEAR 12 - SCHOOL LEAVER (2015)
 Western Australian Certificate of Education
(WACE)
 Competence in English
 Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
or Selection Rank
 Prerequisites
WESTERN AUSTRALIAN CERTIFICATE OF
EDUCATION (WACE)
Is essential for 
Curtin University

Edith Cowan University

Murdoch University

The University of Western Australia
For WACE requirements check
www.scsa.wa.edu.au
COMPETENCE IN ENGLISH
(FOR UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS)
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For all universities, a scaled score of 50 or more, in stage 2 or stage 3
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Plus, for ECU only
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English; or
EALD; or
Literature
Grade A, B or C in 2 English units (2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 3A or 3B)
studied in Year 12; or
Grade A, B or C in 2 EALD units (2A, 2B, 3A, 3B) studied in
Year 12; or
Grade of A, B or C in 2 Literature units (2A, 2B, 3A, 3B)
studied in Year 12
Concession mechanisms
COMPETENCE IN ENGLISH
(FOR UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS)

Concession mechanisms

Recognition of International English Language
Testing System (IELTS)
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Additional testing (by invitation)
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
When? …Early January 2016
PREREQUISITES
 Apply to some university courses, but not all. See  www.tisc.edu.au
 Require scaled score of 50 or more in a prerequisite
WACE course at stage 3 (Mathematics prerequisites
differ across university courses)
 Additional requirements, for example  UMAT
 interview
 audition
 portfolio
AUSTRALIAN TERTIARY ADMISSION RANK
ATAR (1)
 ATAR indicates your rank position in the total
Year 12 school leaving age population in WA
 That is, an ATAR of 75.35 means you have
performed better than 75.35% of all the Year 12
school leaving age people in WA
 ATARs from all states (except Qld) are equivalent
AUSTRALIAN TERTIARY ADMISSION RANK
ATAR (2)
 Tertiary Entrance Aggregate (TEA) based on
sum of best 4 scaled scores (plus LOTE bonus*
if applicable - TEA out of 410)
 Can count scaled scores from 2011 to 2015
 Avoid unacceptable subject combinations
 ATAR derived from the TEA
*LOTE Bonus = 10% of highest LOTE course scaled score
ATAR WACE COURSES 2015 YEAR 12 (1)
Aboriginal & Intercultural Studies
*Aboriginal Languages of WA
Accounting and Finance
Ancient History
Animal Production Systems
Applied Information Technology
*Arabic
Automotive Engineering and
Technology
Aviation
Biological Sciences
Building and Construction
Business Management and
Enterprise
Career & Enterprise
Chemistry
Children, Family and the
Community
*Language other than English (LOTE)
*Chinese: Background Speakers
*Chinese: Second Language
Computer Science
Dance
Design
Drama
Earth & Environmental Science
Economics
Engineering Studies
English
EALD
Food Science & Technology
*French
Geography
*German
Health Studies
*Hebrew
Continued …
ATAR WACE COURSES 2015 YEAR 12 (2)
Human Biological Science
*Indonesian: Background
Speakers
*Indonesian: Second Language
Integrated Science
*Italian
*Japanese: Background
Speakers
*Japanese: Second Language
Literature
*Malay: Background Speakers
Marine and Maritime Studies
Materials Design and Technology
Mathematics
Mathematics: Specialist
Media Production and Analysis
*Language other than English (LOTE)
*Modern Greek
Modern History
Music
Outdoor Education
Philosophy and Ethics
Physical Education Studies
Physics
Plant Production Systems
*Polish
Politics and Law
* Portuguese
Psychology
Religion and Life
* Spanish
* Vietnamese
Visual Arts
There may be some additional
interstate language courses*
and examinations available
UNACCEPTABLE COMBINATIONS
2015 YEAR 12
Both courses may be taken (if school allows) but the result in only
one may be used to calculate your ATAR
Biological Sciences with Human Biological Science
Chemistry with Integrated Science
Chinese: Background Speakers with Chinese: Second Language
English with English as an Additional Language/Dialect
English with Literature
English as an Additional Language/Dialect with Literature
Indonesian: Background Speakers with Indonesian: Second Language
Indonesian: Background Speakers with Malay: Background Speakers
Japanese: Background Speakers with Japanese: Second Language
Malay: Background Speakers with Indonesian: Second Language
Physics with Integrated Science
PAST SCALED SCORES WACE COURSES
If you have results from past study, note the following in
the calculation of your ATAR:
 Unacceptable combinations
 Results prior to 2011 can’t count
For full details of unacceptable courses, see under
University Admissions menu at www.tisc.edu.au.
ATAR
2015 YEAR 12
This student achieved an ATAR of 76.10 for all universities.
She studied:
WACE Course
Physics (Stage 3)
Italian (Stage 3)
English (Stage 2)
Human Biological Science (Stage 3)
Modern History (Stage 3)
Scaled Score
67.6
66.5
55.4
41.5
41.0
Figures used for illustration purposes only
TERTIARY ENTRANCE AGGREGATE
Calculate sum of four best scaled scores +
LOTE bonus if applicable
Physics (Stage 3)
67.6
Italian (Stage 3)
66.5
English (Stage 2)
55.4
Human Biological Science (Stage 3)
41.5
LOTE Bonus
10% of 66.5 (6.7)
Tertiary Entrance Aggregate (TEA)
6.7
237.7
TEA/ATAR SUMMARY TABLE
FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY
ATAR
Minimum TEA
for ATAR
99.95
385.0
99.90
377.6
99.70
364.3
99.50
353.9
99.00
339.3
98.50
331.0
98.00
324.2
97.00
315.2
96.00
307.3
95.00
301.0
94.00
295.7
ATAR
Minimum TEA
for ATAR
91.00
90.00
89.00
88.00
87.00
86.00
85.00
84.00
83.00
82.00
81.00
80.00
79.00
282.5
278.8
275.3
272.3
269.1
266.1
263.2
260.3
257.5
254.7
252.1
249.4
247.2
78.00
244.8
ATAR
Minimum TEA
for ATAR
77.00
76.55
76.10
75.25
74.00
73.00
72.45
71.00
70.00
65.00
60.00
55.00
50.00
40.00
30.00
242.3
239.8
237.7
235.6
234.9
232.2
231.0
227.5
225.4
213.2
201.2
189.0
177.4
155.0
132.9
APPROXIMATE AVERAGE SCALED SCORES
REQUIRED FOR CORRESPONDING ATAR
(BASED ON 2014 RESULTS)
Average Scaled
Scores
ATAR
(approximate)
80
97
70
90
60
77
50
60
COURSE INCREMENT
For courses (except mathematics) which have
stage 2 and stage 3 exams, the following
increments will be applied:
Stage 2 – no increment
Stage 3 – increment of 15
COURSE INCREMENT for
MATHEMATICS
For mathematics, the following increments will be
added to the adjusted combined marks, before the
marks are finally scaled:
Mathematics
2A/2B - no increment
2C/2D – increment of 10
3A/3B – increment of 20
3C/3D – increment of 30
Mathematics: Specialist
3A/3B - no increment
3C/3D – increment of 15
SCALING PROCEDURE FOR WACE COURSES
Stage 2
Raw School Assessments
Stage 3
Raw Examination
Marks
Moderation
Raw School Assessments
Moderation
Standardisation
Standardisation
Standardised/Moderated
School Assessments
Raw Examination
Marks
Standardisation
Standardisation
Standardised
Examination Marks
50:50
Combined Standardised
Marks
Standardised/Moderated
School Assessments
Standardised
Examination Marks
50:50
Combined Standardised
Marks
COMBINED MARKS TO SCALED SCORES
WACE
Courses
with
both
Stage 2
and
Stage 3
WACE
Courses
with only
Stage 2
or
Stage 3
Combined
Marks
(Stage 2
scale)
Adjusted
Combined
Marks Stage 2
(course scale)
Course Final Combined
Marks (Pooled)
Preliminary
Scaling
Combined
Marks
(Stage 3
scale)
Combined
Marks
Adjusted
Combined
Marks Stage 3
(course scale)
Adjusted
Combined
Marks
Stage 3 + 15
Final
Scaling
Scaled
Scores
MATHEMATICS COMBINED MARKS TO SCALED SCORES
Combined
Marks
(2A/2B scale)
Adjusted
Combined
Marks 2A/2B
(course scale)
Combined
Marks
(2C/2D scale)
Adjusted
Combined
Marks 2C/2D
(course scale)
Course Final Combined
Marks (Pooled)
Adjusted
Combined
Marks
2C/2D + 10
Preliminary
Scaling
Combined
Marks
(3A/3B scale)
Combined
Marks
(3C/3D scale)
Adjusted
Combined
Marks 3A/3B
(course scale)
Adjusted
Combined
Marks 3C/3D
(course scale)
Adjusted
Combined
Marks
3A/3B + 20
Adjusted
Combined
Marks
3C/3D + 30
Final
Scaling
Scaled
Scores
ALTERNATIVE ENTRY
Curtin University
Murdoch University
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Entry Awards
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RISE
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OnTrack
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Media and Creative Portfolio
Pathway
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Enabling course in Science,
Engineering and Health
The Aboriginal Bridging
Course
The Indigenous Tertiary
Enabling Course
UniReady Enabling Program
StepUp
Edith Cowan University
 UniPrep
 Portfolio Entry
The University of Western
Australia
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UWay
Broadway
Fairway
ATSI Pathways
SELECTION RANK
• Some universities assign eligible students a
Selection Rank
• Higher than ATAR
• Used for entry via some Alternative Pathways
Curtin – StepUp Selection Rank
Murdoch – RISE Selection Rank
UWA – Broadway Selection Rank
AQF/TAFE QUALIFICATIONS
Another pathway for Year 12 students
into some Universities.
Achievement of:
• Certificate IV and
• WACE and
• University competence in English
SELECTION OF PREFERENCES
Preference
Course
University
1st
Human Biology
University A
2nd
Biological Sciences
University B
3rd
Science
University C
4th
Human Biology
University D
5th
Health Promotion
University A
6th
Health Science
University D
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2015
YEAR 12 STUDENTS
Mid August
TISC Guide issued to Year 12 Students
Applications online ($27.00)
Wednesday 30 September On-time closing date. After this date, late
2015 (11.00 pm)
application fee charged ($138.00)
Final closing date for Assured Entry Pathways to
Medicine and Dentistry at UWA
Wednesday 30 December Year 12 results available online and posted
2015
(to be confirmed).
Wednesday 6 January
2016 (11.00 pm)
Closing date for late applications and changing
preferences for main round offers
TISCOnline APPLICATION
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO APPLY?
 Computer and Printer
 Access to the Internet
 Internet browser
INSTRUCTION LETTER TO SCHOOL LEAVERS
Tertiary Institutions Service Centre
(Incorporated in Western Australia)
Level 1, 100 Royal Street
East Perth, Western Australia 6004
Telephone
(08) 9318 8000
Facsimile
(08) 9225 7050
http://www.tisc.edu.au/
School details
Personal details
Address
Telephone
Mobile
12 August 2015
DON’T THROW THIS AWAY! YOU WILL NEED IT.
APPLYING TO UNIVERSITY VIA TISCOnline (WEB)
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Logon at www.tisc.edu.au.
You need a User ID and Password.
Your User ID is your 2015 School Curriculum and Standards Authority Student Number.
Access TISCOnline using your default Password.
Require assistance, email [email protected] (and, no, you won’t be the only one!).
Check out the 2016 TISC Guide for a step-by-step guide.
You can change your preferences online (at no cost).
You can access your results and offers online.
Application fees are $27 for 2015 WA Year 12 school leaver age students
Please check that your personal details on the letter are correct.
All the very best for your studies this year!
Please log in with your 8-digit User ID and password. If this is your first time logging in to TISCOnline then first read the information below. Note
that any TISC Number allocated to you before March 2015 is no longer valid.
2015 WACE Candidate Number or 2015 TISC Number
Are you a Year 12 student (including mature age) enrolled in any Stage 1, 2 or 3 WACE courses in 2015?*
Have you booked to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) in Western Australia in May 2015 to January 2016?*
Have you been sent a TISC Number with your STAT Booking Form since March 2015?*
Have you already applied for university for 2016 via TISCOnline?*
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Your User ID: since you are a current Year 12 WACE student, you are automatically registered. Your 8-digit User ID is your 2015
WACE Candidate Number.
Your Password: if this is your first time logging in to TISCOnline with the above User ID, then your initial/default password is as
below:
STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO APPLYING VIA TISCOnline (1)
ESSENTIAL STEPS
www.tisc.edu.au
 Go to www.tisc.edu.au
Read ‘University Admissions’ and
‘How to Apply Online’ on TISC website.
Your login User ID is your School Curriculum
and Standards Authority number. Your
password is explained on the login page.
Start application, following prompts
Choose at least one preference
(university course)
STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO APPLYING VIA TISCOnline (2)
ESSENTIAL STEPS
Provide details of studies /
qualifications.
Declare application
(accept application conditions).
Choose payment option:
Online with credit card
By mail
In person at TISC
Print coversheet and read it carefully
Pay application fee
STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO APPLYING VIA TISCOnline (3)
ESSENTIAL STEPS
Submit all supporting documentation, if any
requested on the coversheet.
Remember: You can defer completion of your web application at any stage,
save what you have done, and return to complete it another time, subject to
closing dates.
** UNTIL THE APPLICATION FEE IS PAID,
TISC WILL NOT ACTIVATE YOUR APPLICATION **
UNIVERSITIES ADMISSION ADVICE LETTER
(UAAL)
A UAAL is produced for all students with at least one
2015 WACE course scaled score.
Your UAAL will be available online from Wednesday
30 December (to be confirmed).
A hard copy of your UAAL on official stationery can be
ordered online.
INDICATIVE ATARs
As a guide
Indicative ATARs/Selection Ranks for courses are at
www.tisc.edu.au
CHANGING PREFERENCES
 On the Web – TISCOnline – Free
Can be done up to 6 January 11.00 pm
(Cannot add Assured Entry Pathways to Medicine or Dentistry after
30 September)
Three step process – not successfully committed until third step
UNIVERSITY SELECTION PROCESS
Applicants in
ATAR/Selection
Rank order
ATAR/Selection
Rank
Preference
for Course
Details
Offered this
course?
A
79.80
1
Yes
B
79.65
2
C
79.45
1
D
78.90
3
Offered Pref 2
No
E
78.60
2
No higher offer
Yes
F
78.40
1
G
78.35
2
Offered Pref 1
No
H
77.60
3
No higher offer
Yes
I
77.55
1
Yes
J
77.40
1
Yes
K
77.20
4
No higher offer
Yes
L
77.15
2
No higher offer
Yes
M
77.15
2
No higher offer
Yes
N
77.10
1
Offered Pref 1
No
Yes
Yes
No, course full
FIRST PREFERENCE OFFER - MAIN ROUND
Enrol or
defer
Change
preferences and
move 1st
preference offer
to a lower
preference
position
(deadlines apply)
No further
offers made
Receive higher
preference offer,
or saved Main
round offer
Note: You only
receive one offer
in 2nd round
Offer not
wanted
Change
preferences and
remove 1st
preference offer
from your
preference list
(deadlines apply)
Reconsidered for
2nd round of
offers: no
guarantee of
offer
Do nothing offer
cancelled
No
further
offers
2ND TO 6TH PREFERENCE OFFER - MAIN
ROUND
Enrol or defer
Save offer
(automatic safety net)
Do nothing and
hope for higher
preference offer
in 2nd round
Change prefs - keeping
saved main round offer
as a preference
Offer not
wanted
Change prefs,
removing main
round offer pref
(deadlines apply)
No further
offer
Re-offer, or offer of higher
preference
Hope for 2nd
Round offer
(no guarantee)
APPLICATION PROCESS
Consider courses
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Prospectuses
University Admissions Centres
Talk to teachers, parents, etc
Make application & pay
Mid August – 30 September
 TISCOnline (Web)
 2016 TISC Guide
Examinations
November
☺ Good Luck!
☺ Be realistic
☺ Other options
Offers and Enrolments
Main Round 20 January
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Second Round 3 February
Wait for second round?
Will you be on holidays?
Change of Preferences
 Closing 6 January for Main Round
Results, ATAR and eligibility
late December
Available online 30 December
UAAL (Advice Letter)
Consider changes to preferences
GOOD LUCK!
If you have any problems with your application, or forget your
password, or don’t understand something, contact us by phone
(9318 8000) or email [email protected]
The following are extra slides you
may find useful
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2013 WA SCHOOL LEAVERS
(2014 ADMISSION STATISTICS)
35,000
30,073
30,000
Total Year 12 school leaver age
23,392
25,000
Year 12 students
20,000
15,000
11,829 11,033
Year 12 applying through TISC
10,000
5,000
Year 12 offers through TISC
(93.3%) of applications
0
Total population
APPLYING INTERSTATE
Apply online
NSW & ACT
- UAC (www.uac.edu.au)
Queensland
- QTAC (www.qtac.edu.au)
South Australia
- SATAC (www.satac.edu.au)
& Charles Darwin University (NT)
Victoria
- VTAC (www.vtac.edu.au)
Tasmania
- University of Tasmania (www.utas.edu.au)
On time closing date 30 September (same as TISC)
Late fees apply
Conversion of your ATAR
ATAR equivalent in all states (except Qld)
Conversion table for Qld OPs
Prerequisites
Subject equivalences set by each state
See www.vtac.edu.au/pdf/interstate_equiv.pdf for VTAC’s as a guide
Cut-offs
Previous year’s in Guides/online
2015 YEAR 12 INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
ATAR and Results
 Results available online via TISCOnline
Application to Universities
 Apply direct to universities in WA and Tasmania
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Apply through admission centres in other states:
Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)
Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC)
Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) – NSW & ACT
South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC)
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