University Entrance 2022

Schools/students can find the university’s full recognition statement on the  IB recognition policy index. Information on scholarships, IB entrance requirements, etc. can be found in each university’s recognition policy. We also strongly advise schools/students to check with their university of interest directly as universities will update their offers or entrance requirements regularly.


Australian universities accept students who have completed and been awarded the full Diploma.  A direct conversion from (Diploma awarded) IB result to Australian Tertiary Entrance Rank (ATAR) equivalent is automatically applied for Diploma students as they apply for most university courses. This equivalent is calculated by The Australasian Conference of Tertiary Admissions Centre (ACTAC). Course candidates are not considered to have met the requirements for direct entry to university in Australia and as such do not receive an ATAR equivalent and are therefore not eligible for university entry based on their course results.

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 2021.

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 2021 to commence tertiary study in 2022 and was updated on May, 19, 2021.  The corresponding page on the (NSW) UAC website is here. Other Tertiary Admissions Centres will have equivalent pages.


2021 Passing Diploma Score

(including bonus points)


45 99.95
44 99.75
43 99.45
42 99.10
41 98.55
40 97.90
39 97.10
38 96.25
37 95.20
36 93.90
35 92.60
34 91.30
33 89.50
32 87.70
31 85.90
30 84.10
29 81.85
28 79.85
27 77.60
26 75.35
25 72.70
24 70.20

Please note that students not awarded the Diploma are not elligible for an ATAR equivalent.  They may however be able to be offered a place at a university by approching the institution directly or using a school such as the NSW UAC School Recommendation Scheme (SRS).  


New Zealand

Entrance to New Zealand tertiary universities is determined by each institution.  Below are links to the IB Entrance Requirements for New Zealand Univerisities.

University of Auckland - Entrance requirements 

Victoria University of Wellington Te Herenga Waka - Entrance Requirements
Uniersity of Canterbury (Christchurch) - Entrance Requirements
University of Otago - Entrance Requirements

International recognition:

Find countries and universities that recognize the IB.  

Each year, over 5,000 universities in more than 100 countries receive IB students’ admission applications and transcripts. 

The IB is currently working on an online database that contains recognition policies from universities worldwide. The IB aims to launch this new resource in 2022. Please reach out to universities you or your student are interested in to find out how they recognize IB programmes.

Local and national governments around the world recognize that the IB programmes offer internationally accredited curricula and qualifications. The degree of recognition of IB programmes varies from country to country. The statements below outline the specific recognition considerations for each country, and when applicable, include any official agreements or policies from the national or state governing bodies. 

View the Country Recognition Statements:

Australasian University Entry Schemes and Benefits for IB Diploma Programme Students:

Griffith University, Australia:

Guaranteed admission scheme:

Read a recent article about the Guaranteed Admission Scheme for IB Students

The University of Queensland, Australia:

The University of Auckland, New Zealand:

The University of Auckland are running the Early Programme/Fast Track Offers for the 2022 intake based on predicted grades from early November. This is open to all applicants in New Zealand who are undertaking the IB Diploma Programme (DP) examination in November 2021. The Early Programme/Fast Track offers are offers that will allow students to enrol from 1 November. Please note that Early Programme/Fast Track offers will expire on Thursday, 16 December. Students/schools can send general enquiries to [email protected].

IB Diploma – Release of Results

January 3, 2022

Accessing your Results

Candidates will be able to access results online from on January 3, 2022 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, 2022


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


University Entrance 2023

Currently, an IB student's ACTAC rank is based on the overall score out of 45 based on subject grades.

For 2023 admissions, the new schedule for IB scores will be introduced.  The first Year 12 cohort affected will therefore be the November 2022 cohort for all local Australian University admissions.

How will this new schedule differ from the current table?

The International Baccalaureate will provide ACTAC access to percentage marks for each subject, offering more conversion points and more detailed information about diploma students on the same overall score.

The change will provide more gradations for IB students on the same score. 

You can learn more at: