Here you’ll find all the information about examinations for all ATAR courses. 

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ATAR course examinations are developed by the SCSA and conducted for all Year 12 ATAR courses. Year 12 students who are enrolled in Units 3 and 4 of an ATAR course are required to sit the ATAR course examination. There are both written and practical examinations for some ATAR courses. The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) sets, administers and marks external examinations for Year 12 ATAR courses.

The Year 12 ATAR courses examinations are conducted towards the end of each year, with the written examinations commencing on Monday of the week in which November 1 falls on a weekday; and Monday of the following week, when November 1 falls on a weekend. The practical examinations are held during the Term 3 holidays, including weekends and public holidays and continuing into the beginning of Term 4. The Year 12 ATAR course timetables will be available on the Examination Timetables webpage in June. The SCSA (Authority) establishes examination centres in which each written examination is conducted at the same time, under uniform conditions by trained supervisors.

Each enrolled examination candidate receives a personalised examination timetable that gives details about the time, date and location of each examination in which they are enrolled. These timetables can be downloaded by students from the student portal from a nominated date in September, Term 3.

Examination Results

Students can access their results through the student portal at To log in to the student portal, students will need their eight-digit Western Australian student number (WASN).

Students can download digital copies of their folio of achievement through the student portal. To download digital copies of documents and certificates, students need to log in to the student portal at The SCSA no longer provides paper copies of the documents and certificates contained in the folio of achievement. In the folio of achievement, one or more of the items listed below will be available, depending on the student’s achievement.

Year 12 students receive this statement at the completion of their secondary schooling. The statement of student achievement formally records, as relevant:

  • achievement of WACE requirements
  • achievement of literacy (reading and writing) standard
  • achievement of numeracy standard
  • achievement of exhibitions and awards
  • school grades, school marks, and combined scores in ATAR units*
  • school grades and school marks in General and Foundation units*
  • number of community service hours undertaken (if reported by the school).


*In Year 12, Units 3 and 4 are reported as a year-long course. In Year 11, Units 1 and 2 are typically reported as a year-long course but may be reported separately.

Year 12 students who meet the specified requirements receive this certificate.

An ATAR course report is provided to students who sit an ATAR course examination. The ATAR course report records:

  • school marks†
  • moderated school marks†
  • examination marks†
  • combined score
  • standardised combined score
  • state-wide distribution of combined scores in that course
  • the number of candidates who completed the course.


†A course that has a practical examination component will have the written and practical marks reported separately.