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  • Most recent country audit/update: October 2019 Page 1 of 16

    Australian Capital Territory (Australia)

    Background: Academic Calendar February - December

    What is year 9 called? Year 9, class 9, grade 9

    Where is year 9 typically located? First year of upper secondary/high school

    Native Language(s) English

    Graduation Timeline

    6 + 2 + 4 = 12 12 years total: six years primary, two years lower secondary, four years upper secondary

    Acceptable Forms of Proof of High School Graduation: Australia Capital Territory Year 12 Certificate (Prior to December 2015)

    Expected Timeline of Completion 12 years (four years or eight semesters from initial start of year nine)

    Issuing Body Australia Capital Territory Board of Senior Secondary Studies

    First Available Date of Issue (typical) December

    Australia Capital Territory Senior Secondary Certificate (December 2015 and beyond)

    Expected Timeline of Completion 12 years (four years or eight semesters from initial start of year nine)

    Issuing Body Australia Capital Territory Board of Senior Secondary Studies

    First Available Date of Issue (typical) December

    NOT Acceptable Forms of Proof of High School Graduation: Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

    Expected Timeline of Completion 12 years (four years or eight semesters from initial start of year nine)

    Crediting Policies: Credit will be awarded as follows:

    Subject Area U.S. Equivalent Credit Per Semester All Core Areas 0.50 credits

  • Most recent country audit/update: October 2019 Page 2 of 16

    Grading Scale: Grade Translation Numeric Grade U.S. Grade Equivalent Quality Points

    A Very High Standard Achievement 5 A 4 B High Standard of Achievement 4 B 3 C Sound Standard of Achievement 3 C 2 D Limited Standard of Achievement 2 D 1

    E Very Limited Standard of Achievement 1/0 F 0

    S Status (Indicates Transfer) - - -

    Important Information: • The following are less commonly known course titles that are approved for use in an academic certification:

    o Financial Modeling and Trigonometry – approved as a “mathematics” core course. o Math Applications (taken in years 11 and 12) – approved as a “mathematics” core course. o Health and Wellbeing (taken in years 11 and 12) – approved as a social science core course. o Sociology of Health and Medicine – approved as a “social science” core course. o Religious Studies (taken in years 11 and 12) – approved as an “additional” core course.

    • The following course titles have been reviewed and denied for use in an academic certification: o Commerce. o Physical Education. o Exercise Science. o Outdoor and Environmental Education. o Sports Development. o Essential Mathematics.

    In Australia Capital Territory, grades of “R” and “S” are indicators that credit has been transferred from another territory/school. When a grade of “R” or “S” is earned, no grade will be awarded using that transcript. A transcript from the issuing school would be required for possible inclusion in the academic certification.

    Note: When a summary page is submitted for a semester along with broken down reports for each subject, use the summary page in the certification.

    References: See the “Multi-country References” section of this guide, located here. A complete version of the NCAA “Guide to International Academic Standards for Athletics Eligibility” can be found here. Visit www.eligibilitycenter.org for more information on NCAA initial eligibility requirements.

    http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/eligibility_center/International_Information/Multi_Country_Reference.pdf http://www.ncaapublications.com/p-4532-ncaa-international-guide.aspx http://www.eligibilitycenter.org/ http://www.eligibilitycenter.org/

  • Most recent country audit/update: July 2019 Page 3 of 16

    New South Wales (Australia)

    Background: Academic Calendar February - December

    What is year 9 called? Year 9, class 9, grade 9

    Where is year 9 typically located? First year of upper secondary/high school

    Native Language(s) English

    Graduation Timeline

    6 + 2 + 4 = 12 12 years total: six years primary, two years lower secondary, four years upper secondary

    Acceptable Forms of Proof of High School Graduation: New South Wales Higher School Certificate and Record of Achievement

    Expected Timeline of Completion 12 years (four years or eight semesters from initial start of year nine)

    Issuing Body (January 2017 and after) New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA)

    Issuing Body (December 2016 and prior) Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES)

    First Available Date of Issue (typical) December

    NOT Acceptable Forms of Proof of High School Graduation: Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

    Expected Timeline of Completion 12 years (four years or eight semesters from initial start of year nine)

    Higher School Certificate when issued as an e-Record

    Expected Timeline of Completion 12 years (four years or eight semesters from initial start of year nine)

    Crediting Policies: Credit will be awarded as follows:

    Subject Area U.S. Equivalent Credit Per Semester All Core Areas 0.50 credits

  • Most recent country audit/update: July 2019 Page 4 of 16

    Grading Scales: New South Wales, Years 9 and 10 Transcripts (May also apply to years 11 and 12 for some schools)

    Descriptor Alpha U.S. Grade Equivalent Quality Points Outstanding A A 4

    High B B 3 Sound C C 2 Basic D D 1

    Limited E F 0

    New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC) and Record of Achievement Numeric Grade U.S. Grade Equivalent Quality Points

    90-100 A 4 70-89 B 3 50-69 C 2 30-49 D 1 0-29 F 0

    Important Information: • The following are less commonly known course titles that are approved for use in an academic certification:

    o General Mathematics – approved as a “mathematics” core course. o Mathematics – approved as a “mathematics” core course. o Math Extension 1 and 2 – approved as a “mathematics” core course. o Investigating Science – approved as a “natural/physical science” core course. o Science Extension – approved as a “natural/physical science” core course. o Aboriginal Studies (taken in years 11 and 12) – approved as “social science” core course. o Legal Studies (taken in years 11 and 12) – approved as “social science” core course. o Studies of Religion (taken in years 11 and 12)– approved as a “social science” core course. o Religion (taken in years 11 and 12) – approved as a “social science” core course. o Malay Background Speakers (taken in years 11 and 12) – approved as an “additional” core course.

    • The following course titles have been reviewed and denied for use in an academic certification (may not be all inclusive): o Commerce. o Physical Education. o Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

    Note: When a summary page is submitted for a semester along with broken down reports for each subject, use the summary page in the certification.

    References: See the “Multi-country References” section of this guide, located here. A complete version of the NCAA “Guide to International Academic Standards for Athletics Eligibility” can be found here. Visit www.eligibilitycenter.org for more information on NCAA initial eligibility requirements.

    http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/eligibility_center/International_Information/Multi_Country_Reference.pdf http://www.ncaapublications.com/p-4532-ncaa-international-guide.aspx http://www.eligibilitycenter.org/ http://www.eligibilitycenter.org/

  • Most recent country audit/update: October 2019 Page 5 of 16

    Northern Territory (Australia)

    Background: Academic Calendar February - December

    What is year 9 called? Year 9, class 9, grade 9

    Where is year 9 typically located? First year of upper secondary/high school

    Native Language(s) English

    Graduation Timeline

    6 + 2 + 4 = 12 12 years total: six years primary, two years lower secondary, four years upper secondary

    Acceptable Forms of Proof of High School Graduation: Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE) and Record of Achievement

    Expected Timeline of Completion 12 years (four years or eight semesters from initial start of year nine)

    Issuing Body Department of Education

    First Available Date of Issue (typical) December

    NOT Acceptable Forms of Proof of High School Graduation: Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

    Expected Timeline of Completion 12 years (four years or eight semesters from initial start of year nine)

    Crediting Policies: Credit will be awarded as follows:

    Subject Area U.S. Equivalent Credit Per Semester All Core Areas .5 credits

    Grading Scale: Grade Numeric Grade U.S. Grade Equivalent Quality Points

    A 17-20 A 4 B 14-16 B 3 C 11-13 C 2 D 8-10 D 1 E 0-7 F 0

    Important Information: • The following are less commonly known course titles that are approved for use in an academic certification:

    o Legal Studies (taken in years 11 and 12) – approved as a “social science” core course. • The following course titles have been reviewed and denied for use in an academic certification:

    o Commerce. o Physical Education.

  • Most recent country audit/update: October 2019 Page 6 of 16

    Note: When a summary page is submitted

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