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Quick Questions Thread 2019/2020

Mrpopquiz

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Does anyone know how many ATAR points are added for severe family disruption? If it differs by uni, how many are added specifically for UNSW?
 

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LMG!

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Does anyone know how many ATAR points are added for severe family disruption? If it differs by uni, how many are added specifically for UNSW?
UNSW use EAS via UAC. We have a whole thread on that so please ask any questions there. Thanks.
 

89012

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Hey all!

I’m just wondering if there is a way of properly converting WAM to GPA (7 point scale). I’ve had a little hunt on google and came across a GEMSAS table (attached). Does anyone know if this table can be applied to my current undergrad WAM as well? My concern is that my current WAM of 71 in my undergraduate physiotherapy degree doesn’t meet the minimum requirements of universities such as JMP and WSU (5.75 for GWS). I’m sure this has been asked plenty of times but I just can’t seem to find a concrete answer.

Also in addition, for WSU specifically, my ATAR in 2016 was 99.05 and given that my current WAM/GPA is probably lower than that in equivalence, will they use my ATAR instead of my WAM? Will they use a combination of the two?

Cheers!
 
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maniacfish

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Hey all!

I’m just wondering if there is a way of properly converting WAM to GPA (7 point scale). I’ve had a little hunt on google and came across a GEMSAS table (attached). Does anyone know if this table can be applied to my current undergrad WAM as well? My concern is that my current WAM of 71 in my undergraduate physiotherapy degree doesn’t meet the minimum requirements of universities such as JMP and WSU (5.75 for GWS). I’m sure this has been asked plenty of times but I just can’t seem to find a concrete answer. Cheers!

Also in addition, for WSU specifically, my ATAR in 2016 was 99.05 and given that my current WAM/GPA is probably lower than that in equivalence, will they use my ATAR instead of my WAM? Will they use a combination of the two?
WSU will use GPA or ATAR, whichever is higher. So you should be fine regardless of what your end of year GPA ends up being as your ATAR easily passes the 95.5 hurdle for non gws applicants.
 

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89012

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WSU will use GPA or ATAR, whichever is higher. So you should be fine regardless of what your end of year GPA ends up being as your ATAR easily passes the 95.5 hurdle for non gws applicants.
Thank you for these swift replies! May I ask where you found this information just so I can go have a read for myself?
 

maniacfish

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Thank you for these swift replies! May I ask where you found this information just so I can go have a read for myself?
No problem.
Here are some useful resources for WSU.
 

LMG!

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Thank you for these swift replies! May I ask where you found this information just so I can go have a read for myself?
Also, just as an FYI, the information maniacfish has given you is true up until the point that you have a completed degree. I note that this is your third year of university, however I'm assuming your Physiotherapy degree is a 4 year degree? If so, then I think you are fine, but if you were in a 3 year degree and were due to complete it this year, then WSU would no longer consider your ATAR, even if it was above the hurdle and your GPA was below. That said, the GPA hurdle also drops a bit at the point where a completed degree is used.
 

89012

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Also, just as an FYI, the information maniacfish has given you is true up until the point that you have a completed degree. I note that this is your third year of university, however I'm assuming your Physiotherapy degree is a 4 year degree? If so, then I think you are fine, but if you were in a 3 year degree and were due to complete it this year, then WSU would no longer consider your ATAR, even if it was above the hurdle and your GPA was below. That said, the GPA hurdle also drops a bit at the point where a completed degree is used.
Thanks for clarifying this guys, this forum has been extremely helpful for me :) One laaaaast question (for today), how do these universities obtain my ATAR after all these years? Do they contact UAC/my high school? I've been curious these past couple of years as to how they do this.
 

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LMG!

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Thanks for clarifying this guys, this forum has been extremely helpful for me :) One laaaaast question (for today), how do these universities obtain my ATAR after all these years? Do they contact UAC/my high school? I've been curious these past couple of years as to how they do this.
You will still do your non-standard application to WSU (and JMP and UNSW, etc) through UAC, so they won't need to contact UAC, they are UAC :D
 

LMG!

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So that means UAC has a record of everyone's HSC results?
Yep! Or they can get them if you're from interstate! I applied to UNSW a couple of years ago (despite a completed degree, they still use ATAR) and I didn't even have an ATAR because I finished year 12 last century when it was called something else, and they were still able to use an ATAR equivalent for me, presumably by retrieving the info from the Tasmanian version of UAC. I didn't have to do anything, I didn't even have to give them my high school student number (I don't even know if I had a high school student number!).
 

I Can't Hear U

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Quick Q: Is it harder to receive an offer at Monash compared to UNSW for applicants who live in NSW? I've heard Monash is difficult for interstate students but they also have a larger amount of places - a total of 237 i think, but I know that some of those places will be set aside for rural etc.
 

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A1

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Quick Q: Is it harder to receive an offer at Monash compared to UNSW for applicants who live in NSW? I've heard Monash is difficult for interstate students but they also have a larger amount of places - a total of 237 i think, but I know that some of those places will be set aside for rural etc.
It's definitely harder to get a Monash interview for interstate applicants. For place offers Monash's larger amount of places is irrelevant since it depends on how many Monash sets aside for the interstate offer round. Some years there were enough places for virtually all who bothered to turn up for interview (don't forget they already had very high ATAR+UMAT to get the interview), recent years not so generous.

EtA: VTAC publication showed for 2018 & 2019 intakes Monash offered 210-220 places in the main round to locals + rurals. That left only 20-30 places (plus any declines) for the 80-100 interstate interviewees.
 
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AgentWin

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Anyone have any idea on the correct weightings used in the selection process for a place offer at UWA med this year? One page on their website says that UCAT, ATAR and interview will be weighted 1:2:2, as in previous years High Academic Achievement Direct Pathway to MD and DMD > Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences: The University of Western Australia. Another page says that all three components will be weighted equally Direct Pathway entry to Medicine and Dentistry for domestic applicants. Also any idea on what the weightings used for a place offer at Curtin med will be this year, will it also be UCAT, ATAR and interview in the ratio 1:2:2 as in prior years?
 

A1

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Anyone have any idea on the correct weightings used in the selection process for a place offer at UWA med this year? One page on their website says that UCAT, ATAR and interview will be weighted 1:2:2, as in previous years High Academic Achievement Direct Pathway to MD and DMD > Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences: The University of Western Australia. Another page says that all three components will be weighted equally Direct Pathway entry to Medicine and Dentistry for domestic applicants. Also any idea on what the weightings used for a place offer at Curtin med will be this year, will it also be UCAT, ATAR and interview in the ratio 1:2:2 as in prior years?
Curtin has been 40:60 UCAT/ATAR for interview selection and 1:2:2 for place offers. Still is I suppose since the 2020 Guide does not indicate otherwise
> https://s26475.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/3786HS_Medicine-Admissions-Guide-2020_updated-JUL.pdf

For UWA with UMAT, interview selection weighting was not known, place offer was 1:2:2.

From this year with UCAT, apparently the UWA team visiting schools said interview selection will be all on UCAT (provided your predicted ATAR meets the threshold). I have just called UWA who confirms it will be equally weighted for place offers, they will amend the incorrect 1:2:2 info. Thanks for pointing that out.
 

AgentWin

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Curtin has been 40:60 UCAT/ATAR for interview selection and 1:2:2 for place offers. Still is I suppose since the 2020 Guide does not indicate otherwise
> https://s26475.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/3786HS_Medicine-Admissions-Guide-2020_updated-JUL.pdf

For UWA with UMAT, interview selection weighting was not known, place offer was 1:2:2.

From this year with UCAT, apparently the UWA team visiting schools said interview selection will be all on UCAT (provided your predicted ATAR meets the threshold). I have just called UWA who confirms it will be equally weighted for place offers, they will amend the incorrect 1:2:2 info. Thanks for pointing that out.
I'm pretty sure that UWA also solely based interview selection on UMAT last year as well, in fact in my interview offer email it stated that, 'We are pleased to inform you that, based upon your Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT)* ranking, and because your predicted Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) indicates that you are likely to meet the minimum academic threshold of 99.0, we would like to offer you the opportunity to move to the next stage of the process in December.' Interestingly enough, I know people with predicted ATARs below 99.0 who did receive an interview invite last year (though they were automatically eliminated from a place offer afterwards as their actual ATARs was also lower than 99.0).
 

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Emcee

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Does anyone know whether a 62nd percentile is enough to get an interview for WSU or JMP?? I'm a non-standard applicant from NZ
 

TKAO

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Does anyone know whether a 62nd percentile is enough to get an interview for WSU or JMP?? I'm a non-standard applicant from NZ
I reckon that's a probably not. Unless you qualify for some sort of EAS bonus or something.
 

Syncazor

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Hi, what are all the Australian university that have undergraduate medicine programs (bonus if chemistry isn't a prerequisite)
 

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