Weighted Average Mark explained

What is WAM (Weighted Average Mark)?

Your WAM, or Weighted Average Mark, is a numerical value, which is calculated based on the mark you have received in each unit. It is the average mark you achieve across the units you have completed in your course.

Your WAM is reported on your Statement of Academic Record and published under the studentConnect Progression Link. Your WAM will only appear on your Statement of Academic Record if you commenced your course from 2005 onwards.

Students who transfer between new courses will have their advanced standing awarded as ‘duplicate credit’ and the mark(s) will be counted towards their new course’s WAM. Students transferring credit from old courses, being awarded advanced standing based on previous studies from another institution or students who are in a postgraduate course will only see the reflected credit points achieved on their record. These marks will not be carried over and are not used to calculate their WAM.

Note: if you withdraw from a unit before the academic penalty date, these units will not count towards your WAM. However, if you withdraw after the academic penalty date, a mark of 0 will count towards your WAM.

Every unit has an assigned number of credit points and for every unit you complete you receive a mark and grade.

To calculate your WAM, unit points are compared against the mark. Your WAM is calculated using these values with the formula:


Example: Jane Smith

First year student, Jane Smith, has completed her first year of economics. Her WAM would be calculated as follows:

Unit Credit Value Mark Grade
ECON1101
6
85
HD
ECON1102
6
66
CR
ACCT1101
6
72
D
MGMT1135
6
48
N
MKTG1203
6
55
P
STAT1520
6
83
HD
ANHB1101
6
-
WP
VISA1051
6
-
FN

Sum (unit credits x unit mark)
= ( 6 x 85) + ( 6 x 66) + ( 6 x 72) + ( 6 x 48) + ( 6 x 55) + ( 6 x 83) + ( 6 x NA) + ( 6 x 0)
= 2453.99

Sum credit points
= ( 6 + 6 + 6 + 6 + 6 + 6 + 6)
= 42

2453.99 divided by 42
= 58.42

Jane accidently enrolled into ANHB1101; which she realised after the first week and quickly withdrew, which you can see from the WP. She then enrolled into VISA1051.

You'll notice the calculation for ANHB1101 is struck out; this is because Jane withdrew before the academic penalty date. However, Jane also withdrew from VISA1051, but she did this after the academic penalty date, so while there is no final mark for the unit, she did receive a ‘0’ for her mark value.

So Jane's first year WAM is 58.42

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