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Year 10 Subject Selections for Year 11

Parents and students get REALLY STRESSED about subject selections for Year 11.Cat

Time to RELAX.

Help is at hand.

Before you start, know that only one in four university students get a place through the ATAR pathway.

A report from the Mitchell Institute identified that 26% of university students got their place via an ATAR pathway. Mitchell Report


The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCASA) is THE mob that makes up the rules about WACE.  The first place to find information about Year 11 and 12 is in the official Year 10 Information Handbook which SCASA puts out.

Handbook 2019

If you can’t find the information you need or if you are unclear on anything contact them at

STEP 2 Hear Your Dream

You need to have some idea about what career direction you would like to take.

Career VoyageMany schools have the Career Voyage program that will help you to nail down a career direction for the near future. If you don’t have access to Career Voyage at school you can do the quiz at a Jobs and Skills Centre.

I have done this Coggle brain storm of a bunch of places you can check out to narrow down what you like.

Coggle - Hear Your Dream

Email me if you would like access to the Coggle map so that you can just click on the links.

STEP 3 Do You Want to do ATAR??Lockers

For years ATAR results were the short cut that universities used to choose their students. Things are changing. Competition between universities has heated up and they are looking at many alternative pathways that:

  • enable more students to go to university
  • ensure students don’t fail when they get there.

Universities are looking for alternative pathways more than schools and parents.


TAFE has always been flexible with its pathways to learning than universities and there is a huge range of possible pathways offered.

Job Prospects for Young Job Seekers

Last year the Career Development Association put on a webinar delivered by Ivan Neville, from the Commonwealth Department of Employment. He said….you really need to get a year 12 qualification, or equivalent, to get a job…..

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But there isn’t much difference in employment outcomes between a degree (3.6%) and a Cert III (4.1%).

The opening of university entry to a wider audience had resulted in a shift towards degrees and away from vocational education since 2008.

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There are now stronger job outcomes for apprentices and trainees than people with degrees.

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Step 4 Check Course PRE-REQUISITES

There are lots of courses that have RECOMMENDED subjects, but not so many have definite PRE-REQUISITES that MUST be done as a WACE subject in order to get into a course. University 2022

There are lots of pathways into further study and your WACE pathway is just one of them.

The most direct pathway is however, to take subjects that the universities are looking for. So, once you have narrowed down a career direction to take, check out the TISC University Admissions Handbook. It identifies what WACE subjects you should take to keep your options open.


The Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) is the minimum WACE requirement reading, writing and numeracy. It is usually done in 10 but there are more opportunities to sit the Assessment in Year 11 and 12 and even AFTER Year 12.

Prospective TAFE students who do not meet these standards can:

  1. sit a TAFE Admissions literacy and/or numeracy test administered by Training Sector Services;
  2. be referred to a TAFE college for a Learning Area Assessment; or
  3. enrol in a course that does not have literacy or numeracy requirements, including foundation skills, equity courses and Certificate I


Step 5 Contact Your Career Advisor

Tap into the knowledge and experience of your career advisor.

If you don’t have access to a specialist career advisor at your school, go to a TAFE college Jobs and Skills Centre or private careers consultant to be sure your next step is the right one.

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Your Top Tips for 2018 ATAR Exams

These step by step tips will help Year 12s to give their best possible performance in their ATAR exams.


  • Know what the exam is going to look like.  atar exam geography
  • Read through the SCASA Summary Reports that show how students answered questions in previous exams.
  • Know how many questions or sections you have to answer and what they are worth.
  • Allocate your time according to the marks for each section or question. (A multiple choice section worth 50% shouldn’t take you 50% of your time. You can use any time you save on your long answers.)
  • Know exactly what time you should finish each section and question.


  • Arrive early. Go to the loo. Avoid anxious friends.


  • Take drinking water with you.water-bottle-962934_1920.jpg
  • Get seated early.
  • Breath steadily. Get centred. Sip water.
  • Listen to the supervisor’s instructions.
  • Write your name and student number on the exam paper.


This is really important. Don’t skim through. Read REALLY S-L-O-W-L-Y.

  • Read through all the instructions THEN the questions.
  • If there are choices, decide which questions to answer.
  • Leave the hardest question to last.
  • Know what time you should finish each question/section and stick to that time.


Danger.jpgThe biggest mistake made in exams is NOT DOING WHAT IS ASKED.

  • If it says SELECT ONE only SELECT ONE!!
  • If you need to answer two parts of one question answer TWO PARTS.
  • If you are asked what impact dancing shoes had on the depression, don’t just talk about the depression.


Be calm. You’ve got this.


  • Do multiple choice and short answer questions first.
  • Start your first essay. Plan your answer picking the BEST evidence you can provide that proves you are an expert on the subject.
  • Don’t spend more time than planned on a section or question.
  • Don’t over-answer or waffle on.
  • Add dot points if you are running out of time. You won’t lose points and may gain some.hourglass-620397_1920
  • If you have time, skim read your answer for errors or omissions. This will also give you time to rest your writing hand and stop it cramping.
  • Systematically work through all required answers keeping to your time allocation.
  • Use every minute of exam time. If you have time left, review your answers before handing in the paper.
  • Hand in your rough work too.



You can get more exam tips from LearnMate.


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July ATAR Revision Classes

ATAR revision classes for Year 11 and 12 students start in WA on Monday 4th July and there is another round starting on 11th. There is a range to choose from.








Murdoch and UWA  

TEE Consultants Intensive Programmes

These are held in the first week of the holidays with 10-hour courses (2 hours per day) offered in the major ATAR subjects. Enrolment forms, including fees and payment details, are available via the Enrolment forms page.

Dates: Monday 4 July 2016 – Friday 8 July 2016

Location: Murdoch University, South Street campus

Cost: $175 per subject (2 hours per day for 5 days – total of 10 hours)

8.30am Mathematics Methods OR Mathematics Applications
10.45am English OR English Literature
1.00pm Chemistry OR Geography OR Economics
3.15pm Physics OR Human Biology





 University of Western Australia  



Academic Australia Program
Start: 11th Jul – 15th Jul (5-day courses – 10 hours)

8:30am – 10:30am 10:40am – 12:40pm 1:20pm – 3:20pm 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Economics Yr 12 ATAR English Yr 12 ATAR (2) Chemistry Yr 12 ATAR Chemistry Yr 12 ATAR (2)
English Yr 12 ATAR Maths Methods Yr 12 ATAR Human Biology Yr 12 ATAR Geography Yr 12 ATAR
Maths Applications Yr 12 ATAR Modern History Yr 12 ATAR Literature Yr 12 ATAR Human Biology Yr 12 ATAR (2)
Maths Specialist Yr 12 ATAR Phys Ed Studies Yr 12 ATAR Maths App. Yr 12 ATAR (2) Maths Methods Yr 12 ATAR (2)
Politics and Law Yr 12 ATAR Psychology Yr 12 ATAR Physics Yr 12 ATAR Physics Yr 12 ATAR (2)







Study Less Achieve More Program

Year 11 ATAR English
11-14 July
Cost: $130.00
Year 12 ATAR English
11-14 July
Cost: $130.00
Year 11 ATAR Human Biology
11-14 July
Cost: $130.00
Year 12 ATAR Human Biology
11-14 July
Cost: $130.00
Year 11 Chemistry
11-14 July
Cost: $130.00
Year 11 ATAR Mathematics Methods
11-14 July
Cost: $130.00
Year 12 ATAR Mathematics Methods
11-14 July
Cost: $130.00
Study Skills for Year 11 Students
13-14 July
Cost: $60.00
Study Skills for Year 12 Students
13-14 July
Cost: $60.00
The Write Stuff
11 or 12 July
Cost: $60.00

ECUECU Academic Taskforce Master Classes


14 – 15 July
ATAR Physics Yr 12 9:00am – 10:00am
ATAR Chemistry Yr 12 10:00am – 11:00am
ATAR Physics Yr 11 11:00am – 12:00pm
ATAR Chemistry Yr 11 12:00pm – 1:00pm
ATAR Chemistry Yr 12 1:00pm – 2:00pm
ATAR Physics Yr 12 2:00pm – 3:00pm
ATAR English Yr 12 4:30pm – 5:30pm
ATAR Mathematics Methods Yr 11 4:30pm – 5:30pm
ATAR Maths Applications Yr 12 5:00pm – 6:00pm
ATAR Maths Methods Yr 12 5:00pm – 6:00pm
ATAR English Yr 11 5:30pm – 6:30pm
ATAR Maths Specialist Yr 11 5:30pm – 6:30pm
ATAR Mathematics Methods Yr 12 6:00pm – 7:00pm
ATAR Literature 6:30pm – 7:30pm
ATAR Mathematics Specialist Yr 12 7:00pm – 8:00pm