Changes to International Baccalaureate conversion

Wednesday 06 January 2016

Students completing the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in 2017 who apply for entry to courses through SATAC commencing in 2018 will have their IB scores converted to equivalent ATARs using the national conversion table.

Currently SATAC uses a different method to convert IB scores to selection ranks than interstate tertiary admissions centres, resulting in different conversion results.

The move to a national conversion table will provide greater consistency in how IB results are converted across Australian states and territories.

SATAC’s participating institutions recognise the IB Diploma as equivalent to an Australian year 12 qualification. SATAC converts a students' total IB points (in the range 24-45) to a selection rank equivalent to an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). The ATAR is an indicator of how well a particular student has performed relative to other students, and it is used in selection to university courses in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

SATAC will publish the national conversion table for the 2017 IB cohort applying for tertiary entry in 2018 in the International Baccalaureate tertiary entrance booklet and on the SATAC website in 2017.

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