Earn an ATAR contribution

If you are a Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) student, successful completion of a full year of the Extension Program can be used as a fifth or sixth study in the calculation of your ATAR. Depending on the mark you achieve, between three and five points will be added to your ATAR aggregate (the score that is used to calculate your final ATAR). The table below outlines the points you will receive, and the equivalent VCE study score value.

Average mark for Extension Program subjects you takeExtension Program ATAR aggregate contributionEquivalent VCE study score
90 or more5.0 points50
80-894.5 points45
70-794.0 points40
60-693.5 points35
50-593.0 points30

Please note that you must also have satisfactorily completed at least four VCE Units 3 and 4 subjects for which study scores have been calculated (including at least one English subject). Any prerequisite Units 3 and 4 subjects that are being completed concurrently with your Extension Program enrolment must also be completed satisfactorily for you to be eligible for the ATAR contribution.

You can find more detailed information about how the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) calculates the ATAR contribution here on their website.

If you are an International Baccalaureate (IB) student, unfortunately you are not eligible to receive an ATAR increment upon successful completion of your Extension Program studies. You are, however, eligible for all other benefits of the Extension Program including access to student services and support, and University of Melbourne email account, library access, credit for future tertiary study, and much more.

To learn more about the many benefits of participation in the Extension Program, please visit the Why should I apply? page