Using the TER Calculator NB: This is for current TEE processes only
This is a tool to help students predict their TER with the aim of setting clear and realistic
goals. It is not intended to give a final result for students as this depends upon many factors.
Students should always aim to do their best.
Steps for using the calculator:
1. Work out your best 4 school subjects including a List 1 and List 2.
2. Put the subjects in Column A and marks in Column B.
3. Talk to your subject teacher to find out the predicted change for that subject through the
marks adjustment process.This may be the amount the mean student went up/down the year
before, or an average over a couple of years. This amount varies with changes in teachers
or changes in teacher practices and is therefore only a guide. Put this amount in Column C.
4. The calculator will automatically calculate your TER based on your present school results
and a predicted TER based on adjusted marks (Column D).
5. Check the subjects you haven't included in your calculation as the adjusted marks may be
higher than those you have included.
Setting School Targets
1. Now you will have the difference between raw and adjusted marks (MSS) you can set
school targets to aim for to achieve the TER you would like.
2. Click the link to TER cut-off scores - you will need to be connected to the internet for this.
Find the names and TERs of the courses you would like to do and put them in Column A and
column B respectively. The calculator will calculate an aproximate TES and then adjust your
marks (for the predicted change; add a buffer for variation in the moderation, standardisation
and scaling (MSS) process; add another buffer for changes in TER cut-offs; as these can
vary from year to year) and then give you a target % to aim for to achieve your goal.
This will appear in Column H. You need to keep a record of your assessments to see how
you are going as you progress through the year.
Am I on Target?
1. Below the cut-off scores table it will highlight green if you are on target and red if you need
to improve your present results. There are links to websites that may assist you to improve.
If it is attendance that is an issue there is a time sheet that will show you how effectively you
need to work. If you think you may need to change a subject or drop a subject there is further
information on the page titled "school subjects".
2. Remember getting a good TER is a balancing act. You need to do really well in your best
subjects to balance out lesser results in your weaker subjects. If one of these subjects is a
pre-requisite (e.g. English must be a scaled (adjusted) 50 for English Language Competency
for Uni) you need to make sure you reach the target in that subject so that you can so that you
achieve at least 50 after MSS.
3. If you think you can improve a result in a subject try changing the marks in Column B to see how
it impacts your TER in Column D. This can help you set goals for improvement in individual subjects.
Good luck and do the best you can!
Students should always aim to do their best. This is a guide to help set realistic targets.
My Predicted TER Name: Year:
Subject Raw % Predicted Predicted MSS = Moderated, Standardised and Scaled
Change MSS score
Best 0 Predicted change is based on historical school data
re the difference between school and scaled scores.
Check with your subject teachers for this data.
Second Best 0 It can vary from year to year and is only a guide.
Next Best 0 Eng/Lit: must have a scaled score above 50
Next Best 0
TER from Table
What is the difference in your average between Raw and MSS? 0.00 %
Check out the TER of a course you would like to get into. (Cut-off scores vary year to year. Check TISC for details.)
Course TER TES Divide by 5.1 Adjust your Add buffer Don’t aim Total average
(from cut- (check = % Average average for MSS 2- at cut-off % to aim for
table ) difference 3 % Add 2%
Example course 68 236.6 46.39 46.39 2.00 2.00 50.39
73 266.8 52.31 52.31 2.00 2.00 56.31
86 317.7 62.29 62.29 2.00 2.00 66.29
How do your school scores compare to the targets in the yellow boxes?
Course 1 -50.39 On target
Course 2 -56.31 Improvement needed
Course 3 -66.29
What needs to change?
This is a sample of some external sites that have some good tips. Use the links. There are many others.
Study Habits? Exam Technique? Essay Tips?
What is Study? Note Making?
Attendance? Click Tab below
School subjects? Click Tab
TER 2006 Minimum
TER This is the 2006 TES
30 142.1 to TER table based
on 2006 results. It will
50 187 change slightly from
55 201.8 year to year.
TIME - YOUR ENEMY 2005
Calender weeks at school
Term 2 10
Term 3 10
Term 4 2
Total weeks =
Equivalent teaching days =
Known Interruptions Number of days
Public holiday - Labour Day 1
Public holiday - Easter Monday 1
Public holiday -Foundation Day 1
Public holiday - Queen's Birthday 1
Sport Carnivals 0
Interschool sport 0
Exams - sem1 6
Exams semester 2 6
Pre-ball preening 1
Unexpected Interruptions Number of days
Estimated sickies 0
Work commitments 0
School allergy :) 1 day per week 32
Available on-task days =
Assume that you lose 20
eg. a late arrival, slow to get equipment out, early closure, tuning out etc
The number of hours lost =
Therefore Number of working days lost =
Therefore Actual days on task =
Number of weeks available
Weeks lost due to non-contact time
% of in-class time lost
When you are in class, you will need to work at
134.2 % - just to make up lost time!
Remember, every minute counts and every mark counts. Time is your enemy.
ke up lost time!
is your enemy.
Changing subjects? What are my options?
Timing of changes
You can change a subject up to the end of first term in Year 12. The earlier in the term you decide to make a
change the better as you will need to catch up work missed in the subject you are changing into. This means
you will need to spend significant time in the April holidays catching up on work and understandings of the
new subject. You might decide to drop a subject and maximise your time on the others.
You can also change a subject between Year 11 and Year 12 provided you meet the pre-requisites of the new
subject. You should see the new teacher before the Christmas holidays for background reading.
Did you know there is more than one way to get into Uni?
1. Accumulate your TER
No, you don't have to have a one year stress attack and do it all in one year!
Senior campuses offer you the flexibility to do a couple of subjects part time to build your TER.
UWA allows you to accumulate your TER over 2 years and all other WA universities allow you 3 years.
2. Access a University Preparation course
There are different courses available. ECU currently offers a 6 month course which will give you a
restricted TER to access their University. You will need a minimum of 2 x B grades and 2 x C grades in
Curriculum Council subjects. These may be WSA. Notre Dame and other Universities offer Foundation Studies
programs. Some of these have restricted entry. Check with individual Universities for details.
3. Complete a TAFE Diploma
Students with TAFE qualifications are eligible to access many University courses. Check with your chosen
University to find out how to apply and how many places they have for these candidates.
In some cases you will get "Advanced Standing" and may get credit for some of your Uni course.
Not all courses accept TAFE graduates. There needs to be a link between the TAFE course and the Uni course.
TAFE entry may also be very competitive and a student with C grades might not get in. (See "No worries" below)
Dropping a subject?
If you have successfully completed 6 subjects in Year 11 you may be able to do 5 subjects in Year 12.
You should speak to your Careers Adviser for further information about this option before proceeding.
It may impact on your graduation if you are not keeping up with your work in all your subjects.
Sometimes it is best to find out how you are going mid year before proceeding down this path. It is also wise
to consider the marks adjustment process and the "real value" of the marks in the subject you may drop.
Other factors you should consider are:
1. Prerequisite subjects for Uni courses
2. Awards and Exhibitions - will you be eligible for a Certificate of Excellence?
NB: Not all schools are structured to enable students to drop a subject.
For a specified fee you can sit a subject as a private candidate through the Curriculum Council. You CANNOT
do this for a subject in which you have received a grade from the school. Students who have a LOTE
background may consider this option. You could sit the exam at the end of Year 11 and have it out of the way
so that you can concentrate on your Year 12 subjects. NB: Applicable Maths students are no longer able to
sit Discrete Maths as a private candidate.
No worries, if I don't get into Uni I will go to TAFE!
This option may be fine for some TAFE courses but before you decide not to make any changes to your
subjects you need to consider:
1. Will I have the grades to graduate?
2. Is the TAFE course competitive? C grades at Year 12 are worth 2 points each for Certificate IV
entry. They are worth 5 points for a Certificate I or II. For some competitive courses this may still
not be enough. You may need to have work experience as well. Can you manage this and
your studies? The lower the level of Certificate you start at, the longer it will take to get to Uni.
3. Are there any prerequisite subjects I need for the TAFE course? E.g. Human Biology for nursing;
Discrete Mathematics, Information Systems for some Computing courses
Students over the age of 20 can do a 2 subject TER or a STAT test to get into University. Further information
is availableon the TISC website.