Set your ATAR goals.....NOW!

One of the most common mistakes Year 12’s make is that they embark on their most important year of school without setting any clear goals.


We believe that goals make the overall task more manageable as they will give you a clear focus and measurable check-points throughout the year. Additionally, if you set your own goals then you are more likely to achieve them.


Many students rush through making goals for the year and end up with a list of vague ideas. Some examples of vague goals include:

  1. Get a good ATAR.
  2. Do well in English.
  3. Manage time more effectively.


Do you see how easy it is to make these types of goals? But what do they actually mean? To turn these vague goals into specific objectives then essentially all you need to do is define what it is you mean by the terms you’ve used such as, ‘good’ and ‘doing well’. If we change the goals above, they might now look like:

  1. Achieve 90 in my ATAR.
  2. Improve marks in English from 72% average to a 78% average.
  3. Prepare semester schedule and identify school and assessment commitments then allocate time for study on top of regular homework and assessment commitments.


After you have listed your specific goals, now you can focus on what steps you need to take to achieve them. Think about where you are at now as POINT A and where you want to get to as POINT B and brainstorm all your ideas for how you could reach POINT B. 


When you have decided what ATAR you want to achieve you will need to understand how it is calculated so you can figure out what you need to do to achieve this number.


ATAR calculation can be confusing however there are many resources available to help you break it down and better understand the process. For a clear explanation of the process, go to: What is an ATAR? Some other websites that might help include; TISC and ATAR calculator.


Remember scaled marks, percentiles and school rankings for each subject will also impact your raw score. Your teachers will be able to provide you with this information.


Before the manic of term starts we suggest you take the time to set your ATAR goals… NOW! Keep them visible (on your wall) and refer back to them throughout the year. They may need some tweaking as the year progresses. If you want to learn more about preparing for your ATAR exams – visit us. ReviseOnline.