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Work and life experience

If you completed school more than two years ago, or if you have employment experience, you can be considered for entry based on work and life experience.

QTAC will calculate a selection rank for you based on your professional qualifications, paid employment or past school results.

You may also have selection ranks from your high school studies, VET study or higher education. We’ll generally use your best selection rank when considering your application.

For most of our courses, entry is based only on your past academic achievement, represented by your selection rank. Some courses have additional entry requirements. To see which courses you may be able to get into, use the past 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. Thresholds from previous years should be used as a guide only. 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.

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.

Employment experience

To apply based on your employment experience, you must be aged 17 or older. You can use your employment experience even if you haven't completed Year 12, but you can't apply on this basis if it's been less than a year since you left school (even if you did complete Year 12).

The skills and experience you’ve gained through paid work experience can be translated by QTAC into a selection rank (from 55-93, depending on your skill level and length of service). You’ll be allocated a selection rank based on the skill level associated with your employment and the length of time you were employed in that role. The work you’ve done does not necessarily have to be in an area related to your proposed field of study.

You need to have three years or more of work experience to get a selection rank suitable for entry to our courses. If you don’t have this level of work experience, you might like to consider the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) to improve your rank, or other study to give you a new selection rank.

Include your employment experience on your application if you've spent at least six months in full-time paid employment (or equivalent).

You'll need to provide an official statement from your employer confirming your employment.

Find out more via QTAC: using employment experience for entry.

Boost your selection rank with the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) is a multiple-choice aptitude test that allows you to demonstrate your potential for university study. You don't need knowledge in any particular subject areas to take the test.

The STAT can improve your selection ranks for:

  • AQF competency-based (ungraded) certificates III, IV and diploma
  • the Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation
  • work and life experience.

We’ll only use your STAT results if it improves your selection rank. If you received a low result, you can sit the test again in the next admissions period (i.e., at the end of the year or mid-year).

To sit for the STAT you need to register with QTAC. They also run workshops to help you prepare for the test.

Past school results

Your Year 12 results do not expire when you have finished at school and can be used to gain entry many years after they are awarded.

We recognise past Queensland (including OP-ineligible results), interstate or overseas Year 12 results, the International Baccalaureate Diploma, Senior External Examination results, and some non-standard Year 12 qualifications including Accelerated Christian Education (ACE), some Rudolph Steiner Education schools and some home schooling.

If you have a Tertiary Entrance (TE) score awarded between 1974 and 1991, you can calculate your selection rank by dividing the TE score by 10 and rounding down to the nearest whole number. For example, a TE score of 885 equals a selection rank of 88.

Look at the tables below to get an idea of how your results might be converted to 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 2016 ATAR 2015 ATAR 2014
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 95.95
95 94.95 95.00 94.95
94 93.95 93.95 93.95
93 92.95 92.90 92.90
92 91.95 91.90 91.90
91 90.90 90.85 90.85
90 89.90 89.85 89.85
89 88.90 88.80 88.80
88 87.85 87.75 87.80
87 86.80 86.75 86.75
86 85.80 85.70 85.70
85 84.75 84.65 84.70
84 83.70 83.60 83.65
83 82.65 82.55 82.60
82 81.55 81.45 81.50
81 80.50 80.40 80.50
80 79.45 79.30 79.40
79 78.35 78.25 78.35
78 77.25 77.10 77.25
77 76.15 76.00 76.15
76 75.00 74.90 75.00
75 73.90 73.75 73.85
74 72.75 72.60 72.70
73 71.55 71.40 71.50
72 70.30 70.20 70.30
71 69.05 68.95 69.05
70 67.75 67.70 67.75
69 66.45 66.30 66.45
68 65.05 64.85 65.10
67 63.55 63.40 63.75
66 62.10 61.80 62.25
65 60.45 60.20 60.70
64 58.65 58.50 59.00
63 56.70 56.55 57.05
62 54.20 54.20 54.90
61 51.50 51.65 52.30
60 47.40 48.00 48.95
59 - 40.65 42.70

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.

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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 and elite athletes.

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Worried you won’t get in?

If you’re concerned that your 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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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 work experience isn't the only way you can get into uni. Take a look at your options if you've done:

  • recent secondary school study
  • higher education study, including bridging and enabling courses
  • TAFE or any other vocational education and training.

Secondary study

If you've completed high school in the last two years, find out if your results can help you get into the course you want.

Apply with recent secondary 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

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

Contact us

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