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Academic transcript

A complete record of your academic study showing your subjects and grades for any course you have undertaken. You may be required to submit this to SATAC as part of your application.

Adjustment factors

Additional points that may be used in combination with your ATAR to give a course selection rank.

Admission pathways

The options available to prospective students which enable them to meet the entry requirements of a course.

Assumed knowledge

Background knowledge in a SACE/NTCET Stage 1 or Stage 2 subject, or an identified skill, which is expected to enhance a student's understanding of the content of a course/program. 

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

A rank given to students on a range from 0 to 99.95 to show their competitiveness, or how well they have performed, in relation to other year 12 students in Australia.


Bachelor degree

An undergraduate award of three or more years of full-time or equivalent part-time study.


Census date

The last day a student can withdraw from a university course or subject without incurring student fees or grades.

Concurrent degree

When a student undertakes two degrees at the same time.

Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA)

The CSPA is a tool designed to indicate reading, writing and numeracy/maths skills. Satisfactory outcomes from the CSPA is a course admission requirement (CAR) for a range of TAFE SA courses.

Course Admission Requirement (CAR)

The criteria that applicants to certain TAFE SA courses must meet in order to be eligible to for selection into the course. Details of CAR for each course is explained in the course entry details in the SATAC application or on the TAFE SA website.


Domestic student

A student who is an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or person who holds an Australian permanent visa when they enrol.



Applicants are eligible for an offer to a course/program if they meet the selection criteria, prerequisites and, in some cases, additional entry requirements as outlined by the institution offering the course.

Equal consideration

The principle that all applicants for a course who have the same selection rank for a given qualification, and apply by a certain date, are treated equally.

External study

Also referred to as distance learning or online study, external study normally does not require a student to attend classes on campus on a regular basis. You may instead be required to study at another location or online.



Fees may refer to SATAC fees for processing an application or admissions test, or student contributions or tuition fees charged by the institution for your study. SATAC fees apply to undergraduate and postgraduate applications, and applications to sit the STAT. Information about tuition fees can be found by contacting the relevant institution.


Grade Point Average (GPA)

In higher education qualifications, a numerical value which represents the average results of all the grades a student achieves over a specified period of time. The calculation is based on the final grade achieved in each course, the grade point value associated with each final grade, and the unit value of each course.


Higher education

Higher education level means study at diploma level or above at a university or equivalent (e.g. a college of advanced education, institute of technology, or institute of higher education). It also includes recognised bachelor degree courses undertaken at TAFE or other registered training organisations.

Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)

Eligible students may choose to defer all or part of their student fees to a HELP loan. The loan is paid back through tax contributions once the student earns above the threshold. The most common types of HELP loan are HECS-HELP for Commonwealth Supported students, and FEE-HELP for full-fee paying students. 



A university, college of higher education or VET provider whose courses you can apply for through SATAC. SATAC's participating institutions are Charles Darwin University, Flinders University, the University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, TAFE SA, CQUniversity Australia, SAIBT, Tabor and Torrens University Australia.



Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training.  The year 12 qualification issued in the Northern Territory which may be used by students as a pathway to undergraduate or TAFE study.



Written confirmation that you have been accepted for a place in a course.



The official certification of your completion of an award such as a degree, diploma, or certificate. You may be required to submit this to SATAC as part of your application.

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate study usually refers to awards such as Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas, Masters degrees and postdoctoral studies. 

A postgraduate is normally someone who has completed a university degree or diploma and is studying for a higher level qualification.


The course selections you add to your SATAC application. 


A SACE/NTCET Stage 2 subject or equivalent in which a student must obtain a minimum grade of C- in order to be eligible for selection into a course.



The maximum number of places available in a course.



The order of merit which the institutions use to select applicants for their courses. This is usually determined by academic merit on the basis of results from your previous study or the level of your qualifications.

Recognised Studies

Studies such as International Baccalaureate or interstate year 12 subjects, higher education studies or Vocational Education and Training (VET) awards approved by the SACE Board as counting towards the SACE/NTCET and deemed by SATAC’s member institutions as being eligible to be included in the calculation of the ATAR and TAFE SA Selection Score.



South Australian Certificate of Education. The year 12 qualification issued in South Australia by the SACE Board which may be used by students as a pathway to undergraduate or TAFE study.


South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre. SATAC performs a range of functions that support and facilitate the processing and assessment of applications for higher education study in South Australia and the Northern Territory.


The mathematical process which provides a basis for comparing performance in different SACE/NTCET Stage 2 subjects which have different objectives, content and assessment processes. Raw scores obtained for subjects are scaled to ensure they are comparable before they are totalled to produce the university aggregate.

Selection rank

A selection rank is the rank used to determine a student's competitiveness relative to other applicants. 

Selection rules

The standards and measures used to choose eligible applicants for admission to a program or course.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

A multiple choice test designed to assess an applicant's level of competency in skills considered important for successful tertiary study.


TAFE SA Selection Score

A score reported in the range 0-60.00 used to select students for some TAFE SA courses. 

Tertiary Admissions Subject (TAS)

A SACE Stage 2 subject which has been approved by SATAC’s member institutions as providing appropriate preparation for tertiary studies. Both the universities and TAFE SA require students to study a minimum number of credits of TAS to be eligible to receive a selection score or rank.

Tertiary Entrance Statement (TES)

The Tertiary Entrance Statement is a document which shows information relevant to tertiary entrance, such as the university aggregate, ATAR and TAFE SA Selection Score. It is issued by SATAC to SACE students on behalf of the three universities in South Australia, and TAFE SA.


Undergraduate study

Undergraduate study usually refers to university study at bachelor degree level (although it can also refer to associate degrees and higher education diplomas). 

An undergraduate is normally someone who has not yet received their first degree, though it is possible to complete more than one undergraduate degree, even after you have graduated.


Vocational Education and Training (VET)

VET courses are courses which primarily focus on providing skills for work. VET courses include qualifications at Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level from a TAFE or other registered training organisation (RTO).

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