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Recent secondary education

If you're a current Year 12 student, or have completed Year 12 within the past two years, you're considered a recent school leaver. For most of our courses, your entry will be based on your past academic achievement, represented by your OP score or selection rank. Some courses have additional entry requirements, like an audition, portfolio, interview or written statement.

There are changes for high school students looking to study at QUT from 2021 and beyond. Make sure you're prepared to apply.

Year 12 results don't expire after you finish school. They are converted to a selection rank and you can continue to use them to get into university in the future. After two years, they'll form part of your work and life experience.

To see which courses you may be able to get into, use the past OP and selection rank thresholds in your course information as a guide.

OP or selection rank threshold

Courses may be harder or easier to get into each year, depending on their popularity and how many places we have available - it's about supply and demand. So in some years, not everyone who achieves the guide threshold may get in, and in other years people who don't meet the guide threshold may be offered a place.

Higher thresholds don't mean a course is more difficult.

We work out minimum thresholds based on the:

  • academic capability to succeed in tertiary studies
  • demand for places available within the course.

I'm eligible for or have an OP

Use the past OP threshold as a guide to which courses you may be able to get into.

I'm not eligible for an OP, but I'm studying or have studied in Queensland

You can still apply for our courses if you've completed at least 20 semester units of Authority-registered and Vocational Education and Training (VET) subjects.

Your results will be converted into a selection rank, so use the past selection rank threshold as a guide to which courses you may be able to get into.

Talk to your school career adviser to get an estimate of your OP-ineligible selection rank. If you apply for study through QTAC, you'll find out your selection rank from late December.

I'm studying or have studied interstate

QTAC will convert your result into a selection rank. You'll be considered for an offer based on this selection rank, or other recognised qualifications that you studied while at school.

Use QTAC's conversion tables to estimate what your selection rank will be and use the past selection rank threshold as a guide to which courses you may be able to get into.

I have an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

QTAC will convert your result into a selection rank. You'll be considered for an offer based on this selection rank, or other recognised qualifications that you studied while at school.

Use QTAC's conversion tables to estimate what your selection rank will be and use the past selection rank threshold as a guide to which courses you may be able to get into.

I'm studying non-standard Year 12

You're considered a non-standard Australian Year 12 student if you don't study the Queensland Senior and interstate equivalents.

Non-standard Year 12 includes:

  • Accelerated Christian Education (ACE)
  • some Rudolph Steiner Education schools, including those issuing a New Zealand Certificate of Steiner Education
  • some home schooling.

For non-standard Year 12 students, QTAC will convert your results into a selection rank. To maximise your opportunity to get into your course, you are strongly encouraged to undertake an approved examination like the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) and American Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

Other recognised qualifications completed at school

If you completed VET study such as an AQF Certificate III or IV, or Diploma or Advanced Diploma, you may have a selection rank for this qualification that can be used to get into QUT. Where you have more than one selection rank, or an OP and selection rank, we will generally use the best of these when considering your application.

OP Guarantee

If you’ve got an OP 1-5, selection rank of 93 or better (or equivalent ATAR), or International Baccalaureate Diploma score of 33 or better, you are guaranteed a place in some of our courses. Check your course information to find out if your course is included.

Converting your results to a selection rank

You may be able to work out your own selection rank based on your past OP You can then compare it with the current selection rank threshold of your preferred course to see if you're likely to be eligible for entry.

If you have sat the Queensland Senior External examination and have complete or partial results, contact QTAC to estimate your selection rank.

For NCEA (Level 3) results completed in New Zealand, you can contact QTAC for an assessment of your qualifications to estimate your selection rank. QTAC will complete an assessment of your qualifications as part of your application.

We also accept overseas Year 12 qualifications. Contact HiQ for more information. Sub-Year 12 qualifications (e.g. O Levels) are not acceptable for tertiary entrance and will not be allocated a selection rank.

Senior (Year 12) results from Queensland (Queensland OP)

Selection rank OP 2016 OP 2015 OP 2014 OP 2013 OP 2012
99 1 1 1 1 1
98 - - - - -
97 2 2 2 2 2
96 - - - 3 3
95 3 3 3 - -
94 - 4 - 4 4
93 4 - 4 - -
92 - 5 - 5 5
91 5 - 5 - -
90 - - - - 6
89 6 6 6 6 -
88 - - - - -
87 7 7 7 7 7
86 - - - - -
85 - - - - 8
84 8 8 8 8 -
83 - - - - -
82 - - - 9 9
81 9 9 9 - -
80 - - - - 10
79 10 10 10 10 -
78 - - - - -
77 - - - 11 11
76 11 11 11 - -
75 - - - - 12
74 12 12 12 12 -
73 - - - - -
72 - 13 - - 13
71 13 - 13 13 -
70 - - - - 14
69 14 14 14 14 -
68 - - - - 15
67 15 15 - 15 -
66 - - 15 - 16
65 16 16 - - -
64 - - 16 16 17
63 17 17 17 17 -
62 - 18 - - 18
61 18 19 18 18 19
60 19 20 19 19 20
59 20 21 20 20 21
58 21 22 21 21 22
57 22 23 22 22 23
56 23 24 23 23 24
55 24 25 24 24 25
54 25 - 25 25 -

Senior (Year 12) results from other Australian states (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank or ATAR)

Selection rank ATAR 2017 ATAR 2016 ATAR 2015
99 99.00 99.00 99.00
98 98.00 98.00 98.00
97 97.00 97.00 97.00
96 96.00 96.00 96.00
95 95.00 94.95 95.00
94 94.00 93.95 93.95
93 93.00 92.95 92.90
92 92.00 91.95 91.90
91 91.00 90.90 90.85
90 90.00 89.90 89.85
89 88.95 88.90 88.80
88 87.95 87.85 87.75
87 86.90 86.80 86.75
86 85.85 85.80 85.70
85 84.85 84.75 84.65
84 83.75 83.70 83.60
83 82.75 82.65 82.55
82 81.70 81.55 81.45
81 80.60 80.50 80.40
80 79.55 79.45 79.30
79 78.45 78.35 78.25
78 77.35 77.25 77.10
77 76.25 76.15 76.00
76 75.05 75.00 74.90
75 73.90 73.90 73.75
74 72.75 72.75 72.60
73 71.55 71.55 71.40
72 70.30 70.30 70.20
71 69.00 69.05 68.95
70 67.75 67.75 67.70
69 66.40 66.45 66.30
68 64.95 65.05 64.85
67 63.45 63.55 63.40
66 61.85 62.10 61.80
65 60.15 60.45 60.20
64 58.20 58.65 58.50
63 55.95 56.70 56.55
62 53.35 54.20 54.20
61 50.15 51.50 51.65
60 45.25 47.40 48.00
59 - - 40.65

International Baccalaureate (IB) studies

IB score in completed diploma QTAC rank 2016 QTAC rank 2015 QTAC rank 2014
45 99 99 99
44 99 99 99
43 99 99 99
42 99 99 99
41 98 98 98
40 98 98 98
39 97 97 97
38 96 96 96
37 95 95 95
36 94 94 94
35 93 93 92
34 92 92 91
33 91 90 90
32 89 89 88
31 87 87 86
30 84 84 83
29 82 81 80
28 80 79 78
27 78 77 76
26 76 75 74
25 73 73 71
24 71 70 68

Completed US Year 12 and non-standard Year 12 (e.g. Accelerated Christian Education (ACE))

Composite SAT score, 2005 - January 2016 Composite SAT score, from March 2016 Composite ACT score, 36 scale USA advanced placements (APs) Selection rank
2160 1460 34 20 99
2130 1440 33 19 98
2100 1420 - - 97
2070 1400 32 18 96
2050 1380 - 17 95
2020 1360 31 - 94
1990 1350 30 16 93
1960 1330 - - 82
1930 1310 29 15 91
1900 1290 - - 90
1870 1270 28 14 89
1840 1250 - - 88
1820 1230 - 13 87
1790 1210 27 12 86
1760 1190 - - 85
1730 1170 26 11 84
1700 1150 - - 83
1670 1130 25 10 82
1640 1120 - - 81
1610 1100 24 9 80
1590 1080 - 8 79
1560 1060 23 - 78
1530 1040 - 7 77
1500 1020 22 - 76
1470 1000 - 6 75
1440 980 21 - 70
1410 960 - - 65
1380 940 20 - 60
1350 920 19 - 55
1300 900 18 - 50

More information

  • Incomplete Year 12 is not accepted.
  • If you completed school in January 2016 and earlier, the composite SAT-1 score is the total of SAT 1: Critical Reading, SAT 1: Mathematics and SAT 1: Writing.
  • If you completed school in March 2016 and later, the composite SAT-1 score is total of SAT-I: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and SAT-I: Mathematics
  • The Enhanced ACT Assessment was first introduced in October 1989 and may also be known as ACT Assessment or just ACT. Results prior to October 1989 cannot be used.
  • Where SAT-1 and ACT achievement tests have been taken more than once, the best results will be used.
  • Minimum of two and a maximum of 4 advanced placements (APs) may be used. The aggregate will be determined from the numerical values allocated to subjects where: A=5, B=4, C=3 (Pass), D=2, E=1. Where more than four APs have been taken, the aggregate will be determined using the best four results. Aggregate scores below 6 are not accepted.

General Certificate of Education (since 2010) or comparable qualifications (A levels)

Selection rank 1 A Level subject or 2 AS Level subjects Aggregate of best 2 A Level subjects or a combination of A and AS Level subjects equivalent to 2 A Level subjects Aggregate of best 3 A Level subjects or a combination of A and AS Level subjects equivalent to 3 A Level subjects
99 - - 17.5
98 - - 16.5
97 - - 16
96 - - 15.5
95 - - 14.5
94 - - 14
93 - - 13
92 - - 12.5
91 - 12 12
90 - 11 11
89 - 10.5 10.5
88 - 10 10
87 - 9 9
86 - 8.5 8.5
85 - 8 8
84 - 7 7
83 - 6.5 6.5
82 6 6 6
81 5 5 5
80 4.5 4.5 4.5
79 3.5 3.5 3.5
78 3 3 3
77 2.5- 2.5 -
76 1.5 1.5 -
75 1 - -

More information

Qualifications deemed comparable with the GCE include:

  • Cambridge Higher School Certificate and overseas derivates (Principal Level passes are required)
  • West African General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level)
  • East African Advanced Certificate of Education
  • Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education
  • Tanzanian Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education
  • Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (Principal Level passes are required)
  • University of Malta Advanced Matriculation examinations
  • Zimbabwe ZIMSEC A Levels
  • Malaysian STPM
  • Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (results in the University of London GCE may be taken into account)
  • Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) (Level H1=AS Level; Level H2=A Level)

Qualifications deemed to be comparable with GCE A Level where A is the maximum graded awarded (ie A* grade is not used) cannot be assessed on these schedules.

Advanced Level: ranks are calculated on the basis that A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 and must include results in not more than three subjects at Advanced Level or the equivalent comprising a combination of Advanced, Advanced in Applied subjects, Advanced Subsidiary, and Advanced Subsidiary in Applied subjects.

Where results in the same subject are awarded at both Advanced and Advanced Subsidiary level, only one result in the subject will be counted in the aggregate, and this shall be the result that contributes the highest points value to the aggregate.

Advanced Subsidiary level results may be included in the aggregate and contribute the equivalent of half of a subject taken at Advanced Level A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5.

A Level in Applied subjects/AS Level in Applied subjects: ranks are calculated on the following basis:

  • A Level in Applied subjects (Double Award) [12 units]: the sum of the two letter grades where: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1.
  • A Level in Applied subjects [6 units]: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1.
  • AS Level in Applied subjects (Double Award) [6 units]: the sum of the two letter grades where A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5.
  • AS Level in Applied subjects [3 units]: A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5.

Cambridge Pre-U Principal subjects & Global Persepectives and Independent Research Report (GPR): D1,D2=6, D3=5, M1,M2=4, M3=3, P1=2, P2,P3=1.

Cambridge Pre-U Short Courses (Languages) result may be included in the aggregate and contribute the equivalent of half of a subject taken at Principal Level D1,D2,D3=2.5, M1,M2=2, M3=1.5, P1=1, P2,P3=0.5.

Progression/Advanced Diploma award: These awards can only be assessed on Schedule S4023 where: A*=15, A=12.5, B=10, C=7.5, D=5, E=2.5.

Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE): ranks are calculated on the basis that A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5 and must include results in not more than six subjects.

Assumed knowledge

Some of our courses have assumed knowledge, and our Bachelor of Education has prerequisites that must be met.

Find out more about assumed knowledge and prerequisites.

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Adjustment schemes

You may be eligible for an adjustment to your selection rank, which can help you get into the course you want. We offer adjustment schemes for students with difficult circumstances, elite athletes, and students who’ve studied certain subjects at school.

Explore adjustment schemes

Worried you won’t get in?

If you’re concerned that your OP or selection rank isn’t high enough for the course you want, don’t worry - there are other admissions pathways you can take to get to your dream course.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Our Centralised Assessment Selection Program (CASP) makes it easier for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students to come to uni, whatever your educational background.

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Other admission pathways

We believe that everyone should be able to continue their journey of lifelong learning. So we're committed to exploring all admission pathways to help you get into the course that you want.

Your high school experience isn't the only way you can get into uni. Take a look at your options if you've done:

  • study at TAFE or other vocational education and training
  • study at a higher education provider
  • any workplace experience.

VET study

If you've done any VET study, including study done at TAFE, you may be able to use that to get into uni.

Apply with VET study

Higher education study

If you've done any bridging or enabling courses at any institution, or any higher education before, you can use this to apply

Apply with higher education study

Employment experience

You can also apply to uni based on work experience you've completed. Find out how your work and life experience can help you get in.

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