What to do when you receive your results (1 Viewer)


Your friendly HSC guide
Apr 12, 2003
As we all know the HSC results are due to be revealed soon.

Just a few things to help you understand what they really mean.

First and foremost, as a result of Lazarus' who I'm sure you all know, we have a program called SAM (Student Assessment Modeller), where you can input aligned HSC marks and it will show the UAI a student would of achieved if he/she sat in that year to close accuracy.

Here is the link to it.

Briefly, to get you started, when you get your HSC results and you are eager to know what type of UAI you may be looking for, please don't post threads asking for UAI predictions. SAM will provide the most accurate guess that anyone can make.

There are 2 versions of SAM available. Standard SAM and Advanced SAM. Advanced SAM provides more information and better insight into your marks and thus we recommend you use it over standard SAM. For those who are not premium members, you’d need to pay a small fee to access Advanced SAM that will also give you access to a large variety of other features and discounts. If you wish to join premium membership, click here..

Now, lets have a look at what to type into SAM. What we are mainly concerned about is the HSC Mark. The HSC mark is the average of the examination mark and the assessment mark. Reading the forums, a lot of people have asked whether they take into account ranks of the class. The answer is yes. The HSC mark is the final mark you receive for that subject. It takes into account all aligning and moderating procedures.

The HSC mark which I surrounded by red is the mark you input into SAM after adjusting it to the subjects you did. After which you simply just click 'submit' and let the program do all the work.

You'd then want to look at the result which corresponds to the latest UAI result. Most likely your 2006 UAI will be closest to the 2005 one. In my opinion, I would say you should deduct about 1.4 UAI points from the 2005 UAI number SAM provides. If everything remains stable, my guess is it would take a little higher marks every year to achieve the same UAI as the previous.
Reason for this I believe is the candidature is getting smarter or more knowledgeable of the syllabus each year; as a result, it would take higher marks to achieve the same UAI because the UAI is a ranking index which ranks students from each other.

Now for those who aren't too concerned about the UAI, but rather the HSC marks, and would like to know what they really mean.

First off, the examination mark is simple. It's simply the HSC exam mark from the exams you did from October - November. This mark however is not your raw mark. A process known as aligning as been done to those marks to ensure the marks every year will be able to be compared with each other.
Typically the majority of marks will be over 50.

You can see this flowchart to understand how the aligning/scaling process differs.

The assessment mark is the mark based on your class’s performance in the HSC exam. This mark is not the final school mark that you may have calculated yourself at school. This is the mark after your raw school marks have been moderated. These marks are moderated to ensure that every school is fair, and a more acedemic school will not have an advantage over less acedemic schools. i.e. a person attending a highly acedemic school can still attain a low UAI, and vice versa.
More information can be found in this thread.

The HSC mark is simply the final mark for your course. It is the average of your HSC examination mark and your assessment mark. It is the end result after all the technical aligning and moderating procedures have been done.

The performance band is the category that your mark falls under.

Band 1 is a mark between 0 - 49
Band 2 is a mark between 50 - 59
Band 3 is a mark between 60 - 69
Band 4 is a mark between 70 - 79
Band 5 is a mark between 80 - 89
Band 6 is a mark between 90 - 100

Band E1 - E4 is given out to 1 unit subjects with the exception of 3/4U maths in which a student undertaking 2 units of 4U and 3U maths are still 'banded' between E1 - E4. There is no real importance of these bands, except to tell you what you fall under.

So to end this, the main thing I'm trying to put out is to use SAM to help you get an idea of the type of UAI you will get, rather than posting UAI predictions on the forum as they can be very inaccurate sometimes as they are mostly based on subjective opinions by other students who may not have a good understanding of the marks. SAM will provide the most consistent and accurate UAI based on your marks. With that said good luck with your results and hope you have achieved your goals.


New Member
Dec 28, 2008
:spin: This is a message for those students who chose to do academically rigorous subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Extension subjects. Remember UAI does not equal IQ. If your UAI is not as high as you would have liked it to be, hold your heads up high because you took on the challenge and it is to your great credit that you did. Far too few students (look at the numbers!) are willing to do the hard yards so give yourselves a pat on the back you deserve our praise what ever your UAI is. You are the real BRAINIAC!
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