Great VCE results ‘not the only measure of success’

Students receiving their Victorian Certificate of Education results are being congratulated, but also reminded that their results are not the only measure of success.

At 7am yesterday, thousands of VCE students received their results via text message or online.

At the same time, students also received an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank.

Victorian Education Minister Martin Dixon said it was an exciting time for students and their families to celebrate their achievements after a challenging year.

“Completing the VCE requires dedication and sacrifice and students should now take the time to relax and reflect on this huge achievement,” Mr Dixon said in a statement.

Some students may not have received the results they hoped for and Mr Dixon urged them to seek advice and support though their schools, at home or by calling the Post Results and ATAR Service.

“While excelling at VCE is a terrific achievement, great results are not the only measure of success.”

Girls once again outperformed boys overall in the VCE, but boys continued to dominate the top result. Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre director Elaine Wenn said of the 37 students receiving the top score of 99.95, more than half were boys.

“The trends we’ve seen over previous years has continued, with girls outperforming boys overall,” she said in a statement. 

“But boys continue to outnumber girls at the highest level of 99.95, with 25 boys and 12 girls receiving the top rank.”

Girls took the lead in the ATAR, with the average rank for girls being 66.02 compared to 64.00 for boys.

Higher Education and Skills Minister Peter Hall said there were many career pathways available to students, including university, TAFE, apprenticeships, traineeships and entering the workforce.

Bendigo Senior Secondary College careers and pathways co-ordinator is urging students to “take a breath” if their ATAR scores were not what they hoped.

Mark Zulian said students should contact their schools careers advisors to assist them with changing their tertiary education preferences. 

“Students should use the resources around them,” he said.

“All schools have careers advisors and staff able to assist them and put their situation into perspective,” Mr Zulian said. He said students could also contact the tertiary institution they applied to.

“If students are really interested in their ATAR and their ATAR is not what they really wanted and they have applied to a tertiary institution, whether that is a university or TAFE they should consider discussing their decision with those institutions direct.”

Mr Zulian said all university and TAFE institutions have staff available to assist students during the change of preference period.

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Students have until noon on Monday to change their university or TAFE course preferences. 

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