“How to game the ATAR,” the NSW Universities Admission Centre announces, before advising that it can’t be done. “It’s a rank, so if your results place you in the top percentile then you’ll get the top ATAR.” UAC has been out arguing for the efficacy of the ATAR for the last couple of weeks, in response to criticisms that it does not address individual circumstances and it is to blame for low numeracy among undergraduates.
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