Live coverage: NSW ATAR results released

Ongoing coverage as the 2012 New South Wales Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks (ATAR) are released.

Good morning. With the release of the HSC results yesterday, today we have a full list of the ten schools that performed best in the state.

Those schools are:

1. James Ruse Agricultural High School

2. North Sydney Boys High School

3. North Sydney Girls High School

4. Sydney Girls High School

5. Baulkham Hills High School

6. Hornsby Girls High School

7. Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus

8. Sydney Boys High School

9. SCEGGS Darlinghurst

10. Sydney Grammar School.

Click through for the full story here including an interactive table of how each of the top ten schools performed in English and Maths, and how their ranking compared to 2011.

For a full list of the top 100 schools in NSW of 2012, click here.

As we wait for the ATAR results to be released, the ranking actually now matters less than ever, reports Catherine Armitage in the Herald today.

''The number of students claiming educational disadvantage for a boost of up to 10 points to their university selection rank has increased 26 per cent in the past three years, while the number of NSW and ACT applicants with early round offers before publication of this year's ATARs is up by at least 30 per cent on last year to nearly 8000,'' she reports.

''ATAR's role is diminishing amid fierce competition between universities for students and efforts to get a broader cross-section of the population on to campus.''

Read the full story here.

While we wait for full results, we do know that this year, 48 NSW students received the top ATAR of 99.95, reports Catherine Armitage.

Most of them (31) were male and 17 were female. The median ATAR was 69.55, while 17 per cent of the nearly 55,000 candidates received an ATAR of 90 or over, and 49.3 per cent got at least 70.00.

We're now less than 30 minutes away from the ATAR results release. Good luck to all the students. How are you waiting for your result - nervously hovering over the computer, with friends? Let us know in the comments.

Meanwhile, Herald reporters Amy McNeilage, Brittany Ruppert and Lara Pearce spoke to one student yesterday who worked an eight-hour shift before going home to her HSC results, electing not to have them texted to her. She plans to do the same today. Could you wait that long? Read the interview here.

We're hearing reports (via Twitter) that ATARs have just been released ... has anyone received theirs yet?

What's the secret formula to scoring the perfect 99.95 ATAR? There isn't one, says Kim Paino of the University Admissions Centre (UAC).

"The 48 students who received a rank of 99.95 this year didn’t all do the same subjects," she said. "Four of them didn’t have any mathematics at all, and two of them had English as a second language. The idea that you have to do a particular set of subjects to achieve a high ATAR is nonsense."

UAC says 17 per cent of students will receive an ATAR of 90 or above, 33.5 per cent will get at least 80, 49.3 per cent at least 70, and 63.8 per cent at least 60.00.

    If students have questions about their ATAR, they can call UAC’s ATAR Enquiry Centre on (02) 8736 5900.

    Twitter is alight with students who have received their ATAR - many of them were able to access it 20 minutes before 9am.

    I'm sooo happy with my ATAR! Much better than what I expected! :D — Caitlyn Bell (@Caitylyn09) December 19, 2012

    GUESS WHO GOT A HIGH ENOUGH ATAR TO STUDY LAW NEXT YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! — Giacomo Arnott (@GiacomoArnott) December 19, 2012

    wouldn't of thought of ever getting an atar like that. so proud of myself! — Sarah Noordhuis (@SarahNoordhuis) December 19, 2012

    Congratulations to all the students who received an ATAR they wanted.

    For those who weren't happy with their ATAR, do remember it's not the end of the world. On Monday we published a story on a Crown Prosecutor and a doctor who both left school in year 11 and took alternative routes to their successful careers. Read it here.

    This story Live coverage: NSW ATAR results released first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.