4. I’m planning on skim-reading the entry requirements and going off what the guaranteed or minimum ATAR entrance scores are. That cool?
No it’s not cool. DO NOT SKIM READ THE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS!!! Or you might find yourself in hot water. Because, there are some hard line, non-negotiables (like minimum study scores for maths or English) when it comes to getting into certain courses. If you don’t meet the prerequisites, your application won’t be considered. Although, there are some cases where your score can be boosted if you qualify for bonus points, officially known as the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS). SEAS lets us take any short or long term disadvantages into account when we look at your application and potentially award extra points to your ATAR.
Get all the good feels when you submit a preference list you’re happy with, like Joey. He kicked things off with a dual diploma and is planning on a teaching degree next.
5. I applied for the Early Entry Program but didn’t get a conditional offer. Now what?
To start, don’t stress. And yes, you should still keep the Early Entry Program in your preferences. Here’s why. Just because you didn’t get a conditional offer doesn’t mean your application ‘sucked’. We had a heap of applicants and only a limited number of conditional offers. However, once ATARs are released, you’ll find that many students will receive offers via standard entry (in other words, they meet the ATAR requirement for their course … and psst, maybe you will too!). That means we can free up places for students who didn’t get a conditional offer. In short, keeping the Early Entry Program in your preferences means you’ll be cleverly covering Plan A - Z.
6. Help! Tbh, I still don’t really get how the whole VTAC process works.
Try thinking of VTAC as a match-maker of sorts. (Like Tinder, except way less gross.)
Let’s just say they’re a pretty brash match-maker, because they let every suitor know you’re interested – AT THE SAME TIME. Yep, they’ll notify all of the eight courses on your list at once, and tell them you’d like to strike up a relationship with them.
As for your potential partners? They’re not talking to one another. They don’t know who else is interested in you. So if they want you, they’ll say yes. That means, all of the eight courses on your wish list might offer you a place – BUT YOU’LL NEVER KNOW!!! Because VTAC won’t tell you. They’ll only make you ONE OFFER PER ROUND and it will be the highest on your list that says yes.
Put the courses (and the place) you love first and you won’t be left wondering ‘what if?’
7. Why wouldn’t VTAC tell me about my other offers? That’s just mean.
So that there’s structure and order to the system. That’s why it’s so important you put down what you love first. Because if you play it safe (by putting an average course you think you’ll get into as your number one) you might just be made an offer to do that uninspiring course. Er, ya-ay??!
And guess what? Your dreamboat of a course (the one you put at number three to ‘play it safe’) has also offered you a spot. But you’ll only ever see your highest preference who says yes.
Yep, playing it ‘safe’ might just mean you miss out on your perfect match. So save yourself from potential heartbreak and preference your true loves up the top.
8. How many times can I change my wish list?
You don’t need to worry about this right now. But you can basically change it as often as you like during application and change of preference periods (between offer rounds). Always check the selection criteria. No skim-reading permitted here. For more info, head to VTAC.
So there you have it, 8 answers about your preferences. Make that wish list and go hard after what you love. It’s your life, after all.