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Peak Education Team
14 Apr 2024

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ATAR Changes: Removal of the 10% Bonus from 2026

The Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) has announced that from 2026 WA students will no longer be eligible to receive a 10% bonus.

What’s Changing?

Currently, students who undertake certain ATAR courses receive a 10% bonus on their scores. These courses include Mathematics Methods, Mathematics Specialist, and a student’s highest scored Language Other Than English (LOTE). This system allows students studying these subjects to achieve a maximum TEA of 430, compared to a maximum of 400 for students not studying these subjects.

From 2026, this 10% bonus will no longer apply. The change means that all subjects will be treated equally, and the highest possible TEA will be standardised to 400 for all students.

Why This Change?

Western Australia is the only Australian state that offers a bonus for ATAR course scaled scores. The decision to remove the bonus was made to align with other states and to ensure all students have equal opportunities, regardless of the ATAR courses available at their school.

Who Will Be Affected?

The change will be implemented for students who will be in Year 12 in 2026, allowing current Year 10 students to plan their course selections knowing the new system. Importantly, current Year 11 and 12 students will not be affected by this update.

We understand that changes like these can be daunting. Our goal at Peak Education is to keep you informed and prepared. For any further information or guidance, feel free to reach out to our team ( or visit the TISC website.

Further Information: Detailed information of this announcement is available HERE

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