How the study score calculator works

The study score calculator uses last year's grade distribution data to generate an estimate of raw and scaled study scores. As assessment results vary every year, the study scores are estimates only and not accurate predictions.

VCE study scores and how they're calculated

During Year 11 and 12, you're given School Assessed Coursework (SACs) and at the end of the year, you have the final exam to test your competency on the subject. The marks you get for the SACs and final exam are used to determine your raw study score for each of your VCE subject.

What is a VCE study score?

You'll receive a raw study score once you've completed your subject at the end of the year. The raw study score is between 0 and 50, however, this is not a score out of 50. The raw study score is the ranking of your performance relative to all other students who studied the same subject that year. The median score is 30, which means if you have a raw study score of 30 then you have performed better than half of all students. If you have a study score of 40, then you've performed better than about 91% of all students who took the same subject.

Scaled study score

Before you get your ATAR, the raw study scores you receive for your different VCE subjects need to be scaled to take into account the different levels of competition in different study areas. Maths and science subjects usually scale-up, arts subjects scale down while English and business subjects normally remain the same. Scaling isn't based on a subject's perceived difficulty, but on its competitiveness.

Find out more about raw and scaled study scores.

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