UNSW UNSW Medicine: General Entry Questions and Discussion

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dwa

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Hi,
I am looking to retry for UNSW med as a 1st year student (i.e. I graduated class of 2020). I haven't been able to find any clear explanation of how the GPA/ATAR is weighted or considered... Can anyone clarify how this has worked in the past, and how it works for 2021 applicants?
Thanks!
 

Caffeine

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Hi,
I am looking to retry for UNSW med as a 1st year student (i.e. I graduated class of 2020). I haven't been able to find any clear explanation of how the GPA/ATAR is weighted or considered... Can anyone clarify how this has worked in the past, and how it works for 2021 applicants?
Thanks!
Essentially if your atar is above 96 , then UNSW can use your GPA instead of your ATAR to determine your selection rank. Your selection rank to GPA conversion is not exactly known . There is a table which says I think a GPA of a 6.5 is equal to 99.50 however this might not be the conversion they use. The GPA is if you do 1 or more year of study [FTE]

The problem however is based on last years results , the score required as a minimum was above 99.50 to get an offer but it may not be the case this year.
 
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dwa

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Essentially if your atar is above 96 , then UNSW can use your GPA instead of your ATAR to determine your selection rank. Your selection rank to GPA conversion is not exactly known . There is a table which says I think a GPA of a 6.5 is equal to 99.50 however this might not be the conversion they use. The GPA is if you do 1 or more year of study [FTE]

The problem however is based on last years results , the score required as a minimum was above 99.50 to get an offer but it may not be the case this year.
Thank you for your reply!
If you have a 99.85 ATAR, but then get a 6.5 GPA (suppose it converts to 99.5), then what happens?
Does the better score get taken? Or an average? Or just the GPA?
I assume no one really knows...
 

Caffeine

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Thank you for your reply!
If you have a 99.85 ATAR, but then get a 6.5 GPA (suppose it converts to 99.5), then what happens?
Does the better score get taken? Or an average? Or just the GPA?
I assume no one really knows...
The better score [Though with a 99.85 if you are not already I would apply to Griffith rather than studying at university immediately]. UNSW is a bit weird [ie : Hyper competitive not actually a bad uni]
 
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The better score [Though with a 99.85 if you are not already I would apply to Griffith rather than studying at university immediately]. UNSW is a bit weird [ie : Hyper competitive not actually a bad uni]
So they definitely take the better score?

I have already started a provisional med course at an interstate university. I'm looking to get into UNSW purely because my family is based in Sydney so it is financially less straining, not because I think it is better than other universities in Australia.
 

Caffeine

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So they definitely take the better score?

I have already started a provisional med course at an interstate university. I'm looking to get into UNSW purely because my family is based in Sydney so it is financially less straining, not because I think it is better than other universities in Australia.
Yes according to their rules it is the best off [You can call to confirm just to make sure it still applies for the current application period but it is unlikely for them to change the rules].
 

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Hi, I’m new to this all offers and things, but I was wondering what everyone seems to mean by “top-up” offers. I don’t really understand what it is, but is it just like a last minute offer or something?
 

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yeah pretty much. you get rejected on official offer day, but then they call you up later onwards saying that they have a spot for you (usually because someone rejected the offer), meaning that you were borderline in the first instance
 
Hey everyone

I'm a first year uni student and just completed one of my exams a few days ago. While I already have a HD and am predicted to get another HD and a D, my fourth unit which I just did my exam for is looking like it will either be a Pass or Credit, both which could drag my GPA below 6.5 or make it extremely stressful next semester for me to get which means I fall below the conversion of the GPA to a 99.50 atar.

However, my Uni is doing this thing called SFR (Satisifed Faculty Requirement) due to COVID therefore my Semester 1 results will be removed from my WAM and GPA. This would make it easier for me to get a 6.5+ GPA since on the UAC website, as long as I have no more than 50% of my units being ungraded pass (SFR basically), it won't be calculated in my GPA. Would this satisfy UNSW's 1.0 FTE of study since I technically will have completed 48 credit points of study by the end of the year but only half of that is counted towards my mark. Asking this because I know that a 6.5+ GPA but 0.5 FTE study translates to below a 99.5 according to the table here.
 
Yes, with 48 credit points you should be considered as 1.0 FTE.
Can you selectively pick a few units as SFR or must it be the whole semester?
I have to do it for the whole semester if I wanted to. Not exactly ideal for me since I do have a few good scores but I guess its understandable why you can only SFR the whole semester tho.
 
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