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Why you shouldn't take Year 12 exam results at face value

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Dec 8, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Why you shouldn't take Year 12 exam results at face valueInterpreting a school’s Year 12 exam results can be difficult, especially when some schools offer both the Higher School Certificate (HSC) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. The core reason for the difficulty is that the results published by the media are formulated from the percentage of HSC Band 6 results alone which means students completing courses other than the HSC are not factored into the results.

At Trinity Grammar School over one third of our Year 12 students in 2016 completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma instead of the HSC. Of these students, three achieved perfect scores of 45, equating to an ATAR of 99.95 and equal to first in the world, while a further 14 students qualified for their IB Diploma at the Distinction level with scores of 40 or more. Trinity’s overall IB results were among the best in the country, however these were not represented in the published league table. IB results are released in early January each year, three weeks after the HSC results and league tables are published.

Trinity Grammar School achieved excellent results in 2016. Here are just a few highlights based on our combined HSC and IB exam results:

  • A median ATAR of 82.76
  • 18 HSC All Round Achievers or IB Distinctions
  • 13 students received an ATAR equivalent of over 99, equal to approximately the top 1% of the state
  • 22% of students achieved an ATAR equivalent to or above 95
  • 43% achieved an ATAR equivalent to or above 90
  • 54% achieved an ATAR equivalent to or above 85
  • 65% achieved an ATAR equivalent to or above 80.

When interpreting exam results, it is critical to be aware of the bigger picture and other opportunities in which students participate. Trinity Grammar School is proud to be an open-entry, non-selective boys’ school, providing a variety of education pathways to suit the differing needs of our boys. Our programmes are challenging and varied, whether boys participate in the HSC, IB or vocational pathways.

To learn more about the Trinity difference and how the IB Diploma can assist boys to grow in mind, body and spirit, download our IB Diploma brochure.

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Topics: Boys' education, Trinity difference, Boys learning, Education