Understanding your WAM

From 2020, the Weighted Average Mark (WAM) will be used to measure your academic achievement instead of the Grade Point Average (GPA).

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Advantages of WAM

WAM is a more accurate representation of your achievement because WAM calculations use your actual marks eg 56, 65, 89, 71 and so on.

Your WAM will be the average of the actual marks you achieved in all units of your course and is a mark out of 100.

WAM also incorporates ALL marks, including those from a fail grade ie 35, 46 etc, whereas GPA gives a calculation of zero for any fail grades.

GPA is based on grades ie F, P, C, D, HD, however there is a range of values within the grade.

Example

A mark of anywhere within 50-64 gives you a P and in a GPA calculation everyone that falls into that 50-64 range is given a GPA value of four.

Therefore, if you got 50 you got 4 GPA points or if you got 64 you got four GPA points - four is not an accurate reflection of your achievement.

The table below shows the difference between WAM and GPA calculations.

Harry:

UnitGradeMarkGPA Value
Unit 1P584
Unit 2CR745
Unit 3P644
Unit 4P594
Unit 5P644
Unit 6CR745
Unit 7CR735
Unit 8P564
Result WAM = 65.25GPA = 4.375

Fred:

UnitGradeMarkGPA Value
Unit 1P524
Unit 2CR705
Unit 3P614
Unit 4P534
Unit 5P624
Unit 6CR715
Unit 7CR725
Unit 8P504
Result WAM = 61.4GPA = 4.375

Despite performing consistently towards the top of the grade, Harry has a GPA score the same as Fred, who performed consistently towards the bottom of the grade range.

You can see their WAM scores more accurately reflects the difference in the performance of the two students.

Estimate your WAM

MQU Weighted Average Mark (WAM) Estimator

Weighted Average Mark (WAM) Estimator

Unit information

Unit Name Unit Code Final Mark Credit Point Value Final Mark * Credit Point Value 4 Point GPA Equivalent
(GPA 4)
GPA 4 * Credit Point Value 7 Point GPA Equivalent
(GPA 7)
GPA 7 * Credit Point Value Remove Unit(s) Below
Advanced Human Physiology BIOL3760 85 10 850 4.0 40 7.0 70

Final estimation

Total Credit Points Estimated WAM Estimated GPA 4 Estimated GPA 7 Total of Final Mark * Credit Point Value Total of GPA 4 * Credit Point Value Total of GPA 7 * Credit Point Value
10 85.000 4.000 7.000 850 40 70

How this affects you

  • Students studying in 2020 and beyond: WAM on the transcript for all units
  • Students who have completed the course before 2020: GPA on the transcript

The introduction of the WAM will also impact the information appearing on unofficial transcripts. View detailed examples of the changes to unofficial transcripts [PDF 544KB].

GPA estimator tool

For those students still wanting to calculate their GPA, the information and tool have moved to a new GPA Calculator page.