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Does anyone have any success stories or know of people that had bad ranks at school but lifted their ATAR by performing well in the HSC externals?

I go to a rank 300s school and my ranks are all in the top 10 but I've heard you need to be like top 3 in a low ranked school to even have a chance of getting a 99. Is there any chance for me to get an ATAR around 98-99 assuming I perform well in HSC?

(My trials are already finished)
 

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Does anyone have any success stories or know of people that had bad ranks at school but lifted their ATAR by performing well in the HSC externals?

I go to a rank 300s school and my ranks are all in the top 10 but I've heard you need to be like top 3 in a low ranked school to even have a chance of getting a 99. Is there any chance for me to get an ATAR around 98-99 assuming I perform well in HSC?

(My trials are already finished)
Yeah I have similar situation too. Very low school ranking and within top 10 in cohort for internals.

Is there a specific course you want to get to aim for a 99 atar?? Because realistically, chances are slim. However, you can still apply for early entry, alternative pathways, SRS schemes; many other ways than relying on a single atar.
 

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Could you please tell why would her chances be slim, is it because of her school or cohort, or something else? Also if her ranks were higher would she be able to get an ATAR of 97+ ?
From what my teachers have said, ranking matters a lot in a school that is low ranking. Plus something about the collective cohort contributing to an amount of aggregate marks. I'm not too sure about this exactly, so don't rely on this.

It is possible to get a high atar, no doubt if they work hard. It's just school ranking may have an influence.

I shouldn't have said slim chances, there is still a chance. Just don't stress yourself with such a high atar. I assume the OP's end goal for high school is to go to uni, so the atar of 99 isn't everything.
 

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Does anyone have any success stories or know of people that had bad ranks at school but lifted their ATAR by performing well in the HSC externals?

I go to a rank 300s school and my ranks are all in the top 10 but I've heard you need to be like top 3 in a low ranked school to even have a chance of getting a 99. Is there any chance for me to get an ATAR around 98-99 assuming I perform well in HSC?

(My trials are already finished)
Wait, do people from rank 300 schools score 98-99? I pass by a few schools sometimes on a road that I would assume to be 300-500 range, and they have a highest ATAR of <95.
 

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How does your cohort affect your ATAR? I've read that if you're not in the bottom half of your cohort (and you're in the top ten), then your cohort can't affect you or something like that but idk
if your cohort is stornger than previous years, and perform better in the hsc exams than ur internals get moderated better.
 

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How does your cohort affect your ATAR? I've read that if you're not in the bottom half of your cohort (and you're in the top ten), then your cohort can't affect you or something like that but idk
Your cohort affects the moderation of your internal HSC marks. There is no steadfast rule about how you will be affected.
Say in the HSC exam, your school has one or two stellar students, but the rest are average. This is probably true in most low ranking schools. If you rank in the top 10, you can't expect your internal mark to be similar to those of similar ranks in top selective schools. The HSC system considers it much "harder" to rank in the top 10 at those schools, so your rank 10 is worth less internal marks. You always get your own external mark.
To get top ATARs at low ranking schools, its probably good to be very close to first, since you should be outperforming your cohort typically get lower ATARs.
 

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Wow that's awesome! What were your ranks like? Did you have to be first in everything?

Considering my ranks, what would be a realistic ATAR goal?
I was first in all my subjects. For top 10 I think 90-95 is a fairly realistic ATAR goal? I think 99 might be a difficult unless you REALLY ace your externals. You can also ask past years and check out what they got. Pretty typical for a 300 ranked school to get 1x 99, 1x 98 and the rest somewhere between 90-97
 

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