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Academic record

Academic record

Definition

An official record of a student's academic performance issued by an institution
ACAP

ACAP

Definition

Australian College of Applied Psychology
ACU

ACU

Definition

Australian Catholic University
Adjusted

Adjusted

Definition

The lowest OP or selection rank of a recent school-leaver to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors.
Adjustment factor

Adjustment factor

Definition

Often referred to previously as 'bonus points', these are additional points that may be used in combination with an applicant’s OP or other rank to derive their adjusted selection rank. Adjustments only change OPs or ranks for a particular course or courses.
Admission pathway

Admission pathway

Definition

Any option available to prospective higher education students that will enable them to meet the entry requirements of their chosen courses.
Admissions period

Admissions period

Definition

An admissions period comprises semester 3 of a year and semesters 1 and 2 of the following year.
Advanced standing

Advanced standing

Definition

A form of credit for any previous learning (Australian Qualifications Framework definition) – refer also to 'credit transfer' and 'recognition of prior learning'.
AMC

AMC

Definition

Australian Maritime College
AMEB

AMEB

Definition

Australian Music Examinations Board
Applicant and prospective student

Applicant and prospective student

Definition

Terms used by tertiary admission centres and higher education institutions to describe people at different stages of their application processes. An applicant is generally taken to be a person who has already lodged an application to study a specific course. A prospective student is generally taken to be a person who is thinking about lodging an application to study a particular course but has not yet done so.
AQF

AQF

Definition

Australian Qualifications Framework
ARTS

ARTS

Definition

Automated Results Transfer System
Associate degree

Associate degree

Definition

A qualification, usually involving two years of study, that gives students the basic technical and academic knowledge and skills needed for employment or further study in their chosen field
Assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge

Definition

The minimum level of achievement in Senior subjects considered necessary for successful first year tertiary study
ATAR

ATAR

Definition

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank. A ranking from 30 (lowest) to 99.95 (highest) agreed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) as a nationally equivalent measure of a person’s relative academic ranking within their complete age cohort in the year they graduated from senior secondary school (including those who did not complete Year 12 or completed but were not eligible for an ATAR). The ATAR is derived from the scaled scores achieved for senior secondary school subjects. The specific calculation used is different in each state and territory but the result is designed to be nationally equivalent.
Authorised person

Authorised person

Definition

A person an applicant nominates to act on their behalf regarding their QTAC application