University Entrance 2021


IB students can be reassured that their journey to tertiary study will look similar to previous years despite COVID-19. All tertiary admissions centres and universities are working together to ensure that there is a clear pathway for Year 12 students to achieve their future study goals. As in previous years, the IB diploma scores of graduating students will be converted to an ATAR-like value using the IB Combined Rank schedule published nationally. This conversion ensures that IB students can be considered for courses across Australia in a fair and consistent manner.

Please see attached statements from ACTAC regarding IB Diploma recognition for students graduating in 2020.

In Australia the Australasian Conference of Tertiary Admissions Centre (ACTAC) calculates an ATAR equivalent for Diploma students across Australia.

Many Universities offer adjustment factors on top of these ATAR equivalents.  Some Universities use the IB score for entry rather than a conversion into an ATAR equivalent.

The following table applies to Australian students applying for University in 2020 to commence tertiary study in 2021.

2020 Passing Diploma Score

(including bonus points)


45 99.95
44 99.75
43 99.55
42 99.20
41 98.70
40 98.05
39 97.30
38 96.45
37 95.45
36 94.05
35 92.80
34 91.50
33 90.00
32 88.15
31 86.40
30 84.30
29 81.90
28 79.25
27 77.40
26 75.10
25 72.00
24 69.10


New Zealand

Entrance to New Zealand tertiary universities is determined by each institution.


IB Diploma – Release of Results

December 2020

Accessing your Results

Candidates will be able to access results online from on December 17, 2020 at using your Personal Code (3 letters+3 numbers) and your Candidate PIN. Remember that Safari is not a compatible browser.

Component grades

The report of the component grades will not be available until January 6.


IB Diploma / Certificate of results

Your IB Diploma and formal Certificate of Results will be posted to the school in late February or early March.

Change of Preference Procedures and Deadlines


State / Territory

Closing date











Phone SATAC on (08) 8224 4000 or 1300 138 440 (local call charge) during office hours. Have the details of changes with you when calling, including course titles and SATAC codes in the order you want them recorded.



Advice from TISC indicates that DP students should ensure they have an appropriate range of university preference options listed according to the published dates.  

University of Tasmania



Unsuccessful Completion of the IB Diploma 

Should you unfortunately miss out on the Diploma, there are some options available to you.  Please contact your IB Coordinator to discuss these options.


Re-marking of papers - entering an EUR (Enquiry Upon Result)

Once the component scores and grade boundaries are released, your IB coordinator may request a subject’s external components be re-marked. This is referred to as an Enquiry Upon Result (EUR). All of the externally assessed work will be remarked for that subject, usually by a senior examiner.

The purpose of the EUR is not to increase your mark because you hoped you would get a higher mark, but rather that you are close (1-2 marks) to the next grade boundary. The EUR do not often come back with an increase to the mark.

IB Coordinators will have access to grade boundaries once your results are released which will provide a guide as to whether an EUR is warranted or recommended.

If you wish to request a re-mark, your IB Coordinator will require this as a written communication stating that you understand that a remark can result in a higher grade, a lower grade or no change in grade and that you may need to cover the cost of the re-mark.  A re-mark costs US$120 per subject.

Requests for re-mark must be entered before March 15, 2021.


Retaking Examinations

Students may attempt the Diploma over a maximum of three sessions.  You may choose, therefore, to retake a subject in the May 2021 examination session.

You may choose which subjects to repeat and elect to carry forward the IA grade if you wish to concentrate on the examinations only.

Should you wish to retake any subject(s) in the May 2021 session, the registration deadline is January 29.

Fees apply for retaking subjects. This includes a registration fee and a subject fee (for each subject undertaken). 


New Mathematics Courses

From August 2019 the following courses, with first assessment in May 2021, will be available:

  • Mathematics: analysis and approaches SL
  • Mathematics: analysis and approaches HL
  • Mathematics: applications and interpretation SL
  • Mathematics: applications and interpretation HL

Students can only study one course in mathematics.

To learn more about the DP Mathematics choices please visit:

Advising Students on Mathematics Choices

To support those advising students on the new IB mathematics subject choices, the courses have been compared and mapped to the state-based systems.

Click here to view the Mathematics Syllabus Comparison - New South Wales

Click here to view the Mathematics Syllabus Comparison - South Australia, Australia

Click here to view the Mathematics Syllabus Comparison - Australia Victoria

Click here to view the Mathematics Syllabus Comparison - New Zealand

Information on the subject mapping has been released by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) via their website.  Australasian Conference of Tertiary Admissions Centres (ACTAC) Results Equivalent Group (REG).  Please find below for the mapping outcome shared by the ACTAC Results Equivalent Group (REG):







Mathematics: applications and interpretations SL

General Maths

Maths A

General Maths

Further Maths

Maths Applications ATAR

Mathematics: applications and interpretations HL


Maths B

Maths Methods

Maths Methods

Maths Methods ATAR

Mathematics: analysis and approaches SL


Maths B

Maths Methods

Maths Methods

Maths Methods ATAR

Mathematics: analysis and approaches HL

Maths Ext 2

Maths C

Specialist Maths

Specialist Maths

Maths Specialist ATAR

Based on the entry requirement for Maths in most Australian universities and using the subject mapping released by the tertiary admissions centres as a reference; Maths: applications and interpretations (MAI) HL and either Maths: analysis and approaches (MAA) SL or HL are recommended for students aiming to take courses in the Sciences or Engineering.  The table below are the sample requirements on local Maths subjects that we have gathered from the universities.

Universities organised by state: 

University Name


Maths requirement


Australian National University




University of Sydney




Griffith University


IBDP subjects Mathematics: Application and Interpretation (SL or HL) meet the Mathematical Methods subject prerequisite for admission to Griffith programs.




IBDP subjects Mathematics: Application and Interpretation (SL or HL) are recognised as equivalent to Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C)


University of Queensland (UQ)


IBDP subjects Mathematics: Application and Interpretation (SL or HL) as well as AA SL are recoqnised as equivalent to Maths B/Maths Methods


University of Adelaide


Maths Methods


University of South Australia


Maths Methods


Flinders University


Maths Methods


Monash University


Maths Methods


University of Melbourne


Maths Methods




Maths Methods