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The selection rank profile

Each Course Search entry shows a rank profile. 

Information is published for every domestic entry undergraduate course that uses the selection rank wholly or partly, in the tertiary admission process to provide more statistical information for prospective students and applicants.

 

The minimum selection threshold is the minimum adjusted score (OP/rank) that was required for an offer of a place. The minimum selection threshold was previously referred to as a ‘cut-off’. Minimum selection thresholds vary from year to year, and from offer round to offer round, depending on the number and quality of applicants a course receives.

 

What do the numbers mean?

Beside each course name are two numbers, separated by a comma, eg (17,65). The first number is the minimum Overall Position (OP) for 2019 Queensland Year 12 students. The second number is the minimum QTAC selection rank for all other applicants.
Sometimes, instead of or as well as numbers, letters or symbols are used.

What data is used for the selection rank profile?

The data is based on the OP/selection rank of successful applicants who finished Year 12 in 2019, 2018, 2017 or 2016 (ie recent school leavers), who:

  • had not previously commenced a university or VET course (except as part of their secondary schooling), and
  • were offered a place wholly or partly based on their OP/selection rank.

The selection rank profile does not include any applicants who applied for courses where their Year 12 OP/selection rank was not used (e.g. applicants considered on their university study or employment and other post-secondary experience) and applicants who finished Year 12 prior to 2016. It includes data from all offer rounds for the intake for courses commencing in semester 1, 2020.

These selection ranks are divided into adjusted and unadjusted scores. These reflect whether any additional adjustment factors have been added to the entry score.

Common types of adjustment factors include:

  • equity adjustments
  • subject adjustments
  • location adjustments.

An adjusted score has been boosted by one or several adjustment factors.

An unadjusted score is a ‘raw’ score that doesn’t include any adjustment factors.

Most institutions cap the number of adjustments you can achieve across all schemes.

Terms explained

Term
Definition
Highest rank to receive an offer (unadjusted)
The highest rank that was offered a place in the course, where no adjustments applied to the OP/rank.
Highest rank to receive an offer (adjusted)
The highest rank that was offered a place in the course, where adjustments applied to the rank.
Median rank to receive an offer (unadjusted)
At this rank, 50% of applicants received an offer to the course (where no adjustments applied to the rank).
Median rank to receive an offer (adjusted)
At this rank 50% of applicants received an offer to the course (where adjustments applied to the OP/rank).
Lowest rank to receive an offer (unadjusted)
The lowest ‘raw’ selection rank to which an offer was made, which does not include any adjustment factors.
Lowest rank to receive an offer (adjusted)
The lowest selection rank to which an offer was made, which includes any adjustment factors.

Additional information will be provided for courses showing the minimum selection threshold. 

The minimum selection threshold is the minimum adjusted score (rank) that was considered for an offer of a place to all applicants (ie not only recent school leavers) in any course where a selection rank was used wholly or partly in the admission process for courses offered in the semester one 2020 intake. This was previously referred to as ‘cut-off’.

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