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Why You Should NOT Aim For A Crazy High ATAR…



This advice might sound crazy, but it's important advice about your ATAR that no-one is giving you right now...

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In this video, Rowan from #AOSTV shares:

- Why you shouldn't aim for a crazy high ATAR
- The fact that there's only a couple of courses that require high ATAR's
- The opportunity cost if you aim for a crazy high ATAR
- What you should aim for instead and how you can be more strategic

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  • Posted on Jun 18, 2019 at 23:45 pm

    Good to know that I don't need to aim for a ridiculously high ATAR.
    I'm aiming for 60 :]

  • Posted on Jun 19, 2019 at 08:02 am

    This video has hit the nail right on the head for me.
    Since starting year 11 I've always been aiming to get a 98-99 ATAR altho the course I want to do at uni doesn't require that high of an ATAR. And obviously to achieve that ATAR I've been studying really hard and sadly neglecting my health and extracurricular activities. (Being Asian with strict parents kinda made it worse 😅😅😅) After watching this video I completely changed my view on my goals for the HSC (98–>95) bc I do agree that as young adults it's better for us to be good at a broad range of subjects (thus more career options) rather than doing extremely well at only one particular field.

    Anyways I really enjoy watching your videos:))) thank you for sharing these amazing tips😄😄😄

  • Posted on Jun 23, 2019 at 06:50 am

    I understand how adjusting you ATAR goal to something more realistic and not absurdly high can be smart and strategic. But this video brought me more stress than relief. If more universities really are going to start looking at applicants through a variety of factors besides just the student's ATAR, would I have to focus on not just my studies but multiple factors that can help me "stand out"? In the years I am preparing and studying for my HSC exams, will others around me be nudging/recommending me to adding a few extra-curriculars on my plate, further adding pressure and stress on me? Although HSC exams itself can be very stressful and pressuring, I find some assurance that as long as I fully devote myself to my studies, assignments and exams, I can get a good ATAR. Which gives me a good chance in getting accepted into the university I want.

    Yet, now in the following years, things are going to change?

  • Posted on Jun 23, 2019 at 11:26 am

    There is so much truth in this 🙌 I wish I had heard this when I did my HSC

  • Posted on Jul 20, 2019 at 08:45 am

    Too bad my course requires 97 🙁 vet science usyd

  • Posted on Jan 31, 2020 at 07:21 am

    If only. Hard when you want to do medicine and the ATAR required is 98 and above.

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