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【转载】Choosing VCE Studies  

2014-08-08 13:35:03|  分类: 澳洲VCE |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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Selecting your VCE program based on studies that are scaled up will not guarantee you a high ATAR. The ATAR is based on your overall performance in VCE studies, not just one or two studies.

You are better off choosing studies that:

  • you enjoy
  • you are good at
  • reflect what you are interested in studying at tertiary level
  • help provide you with more career options if you are undecided.

Scaling ensures that all studies are treated equally in the ATAR calculation, so that students are not advantaged or disadvantaged by the studies they undertake.

To help you choose your VCE study program

Do

  • think about what interests you have and what you like doing
  • check out what VCE studies your school is offering
  • talk with your careers teacher and/or VCE coordinator
  • keep your options open
  • log on to VTAC CourseLink to start researching the types of courses you will be eligible to apply for
  • attend open days.

Don't

  • panic if you have no idea what studies to take up
  • choose studies that you don't like just because you think doing those studies will help you get a "good ATAR" - your ATAR represents your performance across all of your studies
  • choose studies based on their scaling - there is no point selecting a study that you struggle with simply because it is scaled up. Selecting your VCE program based on studies that are scaled up will not guarantee you a high ATAR.

Examples of ATAR calculation

The following real examples provide an overview of some of the study programs chosen by the 2013 graduating VCEgroup.

KIM

Here is an excellent example of a student who knew what she liked, what she was interested in and good at. Kim chose studies based on all of these factors and as a result was in the top 6% of the state even though five of her six studies were scaled down.

Kim completed Dance in Year 11 so her study score was scaled in 2012. Her result for Dance was included as an increment

YearStudyUnit 3/4 ResultsGA 1GA 2GA 3Study ScoreScaled Score2013 Aggregate Contribution
2013English LanguageSSAAB3537.5237.52
2013Visual Communication DesignSSA+A+A+4847.3547.35
2013Further MathematicsSSA+A+A+4341.3841.38
2013PsychologySSAA+A+4140.2240.22
2013Health and Human DevelopmentSSA+AA4037.203.72
2012DanceSSADB+2725.272.52
Aggregate Truncated at 1 decimal place172.7
2013 ATAR94.80

JADE

Jade chose four studies that were scaled up. Jade did not excel in any of her studies and even though four of her six studies were scaled up including a VCE Language study, the ATAR was still not as high as it might have been if she had chosen studies based on what she was good at, interested in and enjoyed.

YearStudyUnit 3/4 ResultsGA 1GA 2GA 3Study ScoreScaled score2013 Aggregate Contribution
2013English (EAL)SSD+E+E+1713.3213.32
2012VCE Languages: Chinese First LanguageSSB+B+C+2831.2731.27
2013Specialist MathematicsSSD+E+E1722.7922.79
2013Mathematical Methods (CAS)SSD+CE1818.9518.95
2013AccountingSSE+D+E1817.251.72
2013PhysicsSSE+D+E+1717.161.71
Aggregate Truncated at 1 decimal place89.8
2013 ATAR38.55

ALEX

Alex didn't know what he wanted to do when he left school, so he chose a wide range of studies that he was good at. He performed well across all of his studies met the prerequisites of the course he was interested in and was offered a place. It is also interesting to note that all of Alex's studies were scaled down but this didn't prevent him getting the ATAR he was aiming for.

YearStudyUnit 3/4 ResultsGA 1GA 2GA 3Study ScoreScaled score2013 Aggregate Contribution
2013EnglishSSB+BB3128.7828.78
2013Health and Human DevelopmentSSA+A+A+4037.2037.20
2012PsychologySSBAB+3432.0932.09
2013Business ManagementSSB+B+B+3531.5731.57
2013Visual Communication DesignSSAAB+3531.433.14
2013Further MathematicsSSBC+D+2825.602.56
Aggregate Truncated at 1 decimal place135.3
2013 ATAR76.05

PETA

Peta did a total of six studies over two years. A maximum of six studies can contribute to the ATAR.

YearStudyUnit 3/4 ResultsGA 1GA 2GA 3Study ScoreScaled score2013 Aggregate Contribution
2013LiteratureSSAA+A+4243.2143.21
2013Specialist MathematicsSSA+AB+3648.5848.58
2013PhilosophySSA+A+A+4748.0648.06
2012Mathematical Methods (CAS)SSA+A+A+4346.6746.67
2013PhysicsSSA+A+A+4345.104.51
2013Approved Higher Education StudySS 5.0
Aggregate Truncated at 1 decimal place196.0
2013 ATAR99.20

As can be seen in the example, Peta attempted an approved Higher Education study.

Higher Education studies can include first year university studies and advanced standing TAFE courses, recognised by the VCAA and made available to VCE students who are very able academically and have the endorsement of their school principal. Upon satisfactory completion, such a study will contribute as an increment in the calculation of the ATAR. Peta's result in the Higher Education study program contributed 5.0 to the aggregate. Results in Higher Education studies will contribute as an increment based on the student's performance in the particular study.

See Study rules and restrictions for more information and calculation details about Higher Education studies.

SAM

Sam chose a range of studies including VCE VET Interactive Digital Media. This example shows how scored VET studies can be included as an increment. However, they can also contribute to the primary four. It is also interesting to note that Sam completed two Units 3 and 4 sequences in Year 11.

VET in Schools programs contribute directly to completion of the VCE. VET programs with Units 3 and 4 scored sequences are calculated for the ATAR in the same way as other VCE studies.

YearStudyUnit 3/4 ResultsGA 1GA 2GA 3Study ScoreScaled score2013 Aggregate Contribution
2013EnglishSSBAC+3027.6527.65
2013PhysicsSSBB+B+3234.3434.34
2013Mathematical Methods (CAS)SSBCC2731.8031.80
2013Specialist MathematicsSSD+DD+2129.6429.64
2012MediaSSBAC+3025.342.53
2012Interactive Digital Media (VCE VET) CSSCB+ 2822.872.28
Aggregate Truncated at 1 decimal place128.2
2013 ATAR70.70

TESS

Tess completed a VCE VET Building & Construction Program that does not have a scored component. This means that this study could only contribute to the ATAR as an increment. The increment is calculated as 10% of the average of the primary four studies. In this example it means that the ATAR increment for Building & Construction was 3.30 which meant it was included as the sixth study.

See Study rules and restrictions for more information about VET and VFE studies.

YearStudyUnit 3/4 ResultsGA 1GA 2GA 3Study ScoreScaled score2013 Aggregate Contribution
2013LiteratureSSB+BD+2424.4824.48
2013Mathematical Methods (CAS)SSABB+3339.4539.45
2013Physical EducationSSAB+A3734.4734.47
2013Business ManagementSSB+AA3733.8633.86
2013Australian PoliticsSSB+B+B3133.633.36
2012Building & Construction (VCEVET)SS10% of Primary Four Average3.30
Aggregate Truncated at 1 decimal place138.9
2013 ATAR78.45

KRIS

Kris was interested in studying in the humanities field, so he chose mostly humanities based studies to meet the prerequisites for those courses. Kris enjoyed these studies and was good at them so he performed well overall and received a good result. He met the prerequisites for the course he was interested in and was offered a place.

It is important to note that Kris did not undertake any mathematics studies and completed two studies from the English group. The highest English study after scaling is counted first and two studies from the English group can be included in the Primary 4. In this example, the second highest English study is counted as an increment.

YearStudyUnit 3/4 ResultsGA 1GA 2GA 3Study ScoreScaled score2013 Aggregate Contribution
2013English LanguageSSAB+A+3840.5240.52
2013PhilosophySSAAB+3636.8636.86
2013History: RevolutionsSSAAA3636.2336.23
2013SociologySSAAA3834.4434.44
2012PsychologySSB+B+B+3330.963.09
2013LiteratureSSB+B+C+2929.902.99
Aggregate Truncated at 1 decimal place154.1
2013 ATAR87.40

MIA

Mia completed a VCE Language in German and the scaling process added 5 points to the mean of the initial German scaled score, giving her a scaled score of 36.36. As a result her VCE Language Scaled Study Score was included in the primary four.

Choosing a language does not guarantee 5 extra ATAR points. The 5 point adjustment is made at the average or mean scaled score, prior to finalising the scaled score for the language. Interestingly, German was one of only two studies which were scaled up and Mia still achieved an ATAR in the top 11% of the state.

YearStudyUnit 3/4 ResultsGA 1GA 2GA 3Study ScoreScaled score2013 Aggregate Contribution
2013EnglishSSA+AB+3634.5534.55
2012Food & TechnologySSA+A+A+4541.3241.32
2013Further MathematicsSSA+A+A+4240.2540.25
2013Languages: GermanSSBBC+2736.3636.36
2013BiologySSBB+A3434.973.49
2013Physical EducationSSAAA3734.473.44
Aggregate Truncated at 1 decimal place159.4
2013 ATAR89.80


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