WAM or GPA Estimator

WAM or GPA Estimator

From 2020 WAM will be used to measure your academic achievement instead of GPA.

WAM = Weighted average mark

Why?

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.

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

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

 

Harry

 

Fred

 

Grade

Mark

GPA value

 

Grade

Mark

GPA value

Unit 1

P

58

4

 

P

52

4

Unit 2

CR

74

5

 

CR

70

5

Unit 3

P

64

4

 

P

61

4

Unit 4

P

59

4

 

P

53

4

Unit 5

P

64

4

 

P

62

4

Unit 6

CR

74

5

 

CR

71

5

Unit 7

CR

73

5

 

CR

72

5

Unit 8

P

56

4

 

P

50

4

RESULT

 

WAM = 65.25

GPA = 4.375

  

WAM = 61.4

GPA = 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

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How will this affect you?

Studying in 2020 and beyond = WAM on transcript for all units

Completed course before 2020 = GPA on transcript

The introduction of WAM will also impact the information appearing on unofficial transcripts. 
Some detailed examples of the changes to an eStudent Internal Record 2020 Transcript are attached.

What do you need to do?

Nothing. Just remember if you are studying in 2020 your transcript will show a WAM.

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