Access, Participation and Partnerships

HAP and the ATAR

A collaboration between the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Assessment, Standards & Certification (TASC) allows results from High Achiever Program (HAP) units to be counted towards the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) in Tasmania. The ATAR is based on the best five results in TASC level 3 or 4 courses. For students who wish to include HAP or results, ATAR is based on the 'best five equivalent' results.  

HAP units are typically about half the size of a TASC level 3 course. Most HAP units are the same as a 12.5% University unit. In order to provide for the inclusion of any 12.5% University units in the calculation of your ATAR, all Level 3 subjects you have completed have the ATAR score halved. Each half score is then the equivalent of a university unit. The best 10 half scores (with at least 6 in Year 12) are then selected to determine the ATAR. 

Please note: Students who reside outside of Tasmania should contact their Tertiary Admission Centre for advice on the possible inclusion of results from their study at the University of Tasmania in the calculation of an ATAR in their home state.

New ATAR arrangements for Year 11/12 HAP study in 2016 and beyond

To be eligible for an ATAR a student must have:

  • achieved during the previous three years at least an SA or equivalent in at least three TASC level 3 or TASC level 4 accredited senior secondary courses with external assessment.
  • at least four scaled scores in different courses with a total size value of at least 60
  • have at least three scaled scores in different courses studied in that year.
  • A student's ATAR is based on the aggregate best-five equivalent (total size value of 75) scaled scores, provided that this includes at least three (equivalent) from the current year.
  • At least the equivalent of three (total size value 45) of the results counted towards a student's ATAR must be from senior secondary courses or University of Tasmania units studied that year.
  • A TCE is a pre-requisite for calculation of an ATAR. This ensures that students with an ATAR have completed at least the equivalent of two years' of full-time past-year 10 study.


Scaling is calculated and applied each year, and will be applied to HAP units studied in 2016 and beyond. The scaling process is determined by TASC and is applied to all accredited senior secondary courses at TASC level 3 or 4 and to approved University of Tasmania units at Foundation level and above*.

For more information about scaling, please see the TASC website.

*Approved units are listed for the relevant year on the University of Tasmania website as HAP units and any other units that may be approved for HAP study by an individual student.

Number of HAP units students can study:

From 2016 there is no limit to the number of HAP units a student can study. However, you may not be able to get credit for all HAP units studies if you enrol in a University course. This is because some Faculties may limit the amount of credit you can receive.

Previous ATAR arrangements for Year 11/12 HAP study up to and including 2015 

A limit of 25% of first year study at the University of Tasmania in the High Achiever Program can be counted in the calculation of the ATAR**. Tables detailing subject scores applied to HAP units up to and including 2015 are listed below:

  • Table 1 refers to all HAP units (except Music/Creative Arts)
  • Table 2 refers to Music/Creative Arts HAP units

Please note: these figures will not apply after 2015.

**For 2015 the exception to this limitation are units that are taught in place of the TASC curriculum, specifically two Latin units HTL101 Latin A and HTL102 Latin 1B.