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NZ Students Studying in Australia

Emcee

Member
GEMSAS covers 10 graduate schools and uses 50/60/70/80 for 4/5/6/7.

For the undergrad med/dent schools GPA calculation is done by the TACs (UAC QTAC VTAC etc). They generally use P/Cr/D/HD for 4/5/6/7 and ignore the numeric marks.

Since NZ unis use A-/A/A+ instead of P/Cr/D/HD we don't know for sure how the TACs calculate. It's only our speculation that they might use 50/65/75/85 for 4/5/6/7, since this is the grades scale used by the UAC/QTAC unis.
Thank you for clarifying, I've emailed the schools aswell as QTAC to make sure :D
 

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arky200

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Hello, just wondering about all students who studied NCEA in New Zealand and are studying at an Australian Uni now! How many excellence credits did you get, and specifically in which subjects etc to get your ATAR? I'm quite confused on how ATAR will be calculated from NCEA (I heard that they take the best 90 credits from 5 subjects and externals are heavily weighted?). Anyhow, thank you so much for your help! :) Really appreciate it :D
 

SnowyOwl

Lurker
Hello, I am a year 13 student living in NZ. I really want to hear other people’s opinion.
Initially, I really wanted to go to Auckland uni Med school as i have my whole families and friends here. However, going to Biomed course is quite scary knowing I will have only one chance as I cannot apply for another universities. If I fail next year, then that is it. In NZ, the premed entries are pretty much open as long as minimum points are met, then you are in, meaning need to aiming at high ATAR score - in my case it is not good as my high scores do not give me any advantages. I have worked hard throughout the high school years and managed to maintain a high grade But it won’t be used to med school entrance unlike Australian uni. If i go to Auckland uni, there is also a possibility to fail as we can apply once at the same time, which I think is quite risky. If my Ucat score is competitive enough, do you guys think that it is better for me to apply for a few med schools at different Australian uni or shall I just go to Auckland uni premed course near my family trying to get in the Med school at Auckland uni? I really wish to hear from other people’s opinions.

Correction in my previous post: I meant no need to aim at getting a high ATAR/high school score. Sorry I was in a hurry while typing and I am not sure how to edit my posting.
 

Fili

Dentistry Student
Valued Member
Correction in my previous post: I meant no need to aim at getting a high ATAR/high school score. Sorry I was in a hurry while typing and I am not sure how to edit my posting.
I mean it doesn't hurt to apply for Australian universities. I think just apply there and only really decide if you want to go to Australia or NZ once you have an offer for Australia.

I would say entrance to Auckland Med is hard, but so is entrance to any med school. But if you don't get in through first year, you could always do a Bachelor's and re-apply.
 

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