Weighted average mark (WAM)

Grading update

Some teaching periods now have an exception to the last day to discontinue. For those periods, the following changes apply:

  1. The last day for you to discontinue a unit without Withdrawn or Withdrawn Fail grade appearing on your transcript is the teaching period end date. However, if you fail a unit, your mark and the fail grade won’t be recorded on your academic transcript or count towards your GPA or WAM.
  2. If you achieve a mark of 40 to 49, you can choose to complete a supplementary assessment in all units that meet these criteria. The previous cap of two units for supplementary assessments is relaxed.
  3. Any existing threshold hurdles will be applied at 40, not the current mark of 45, including exams.
  4. You can choose to exclude the results of all passed units studied in semester one from the calculation of your GPA and WAM. This is based on the principle that the disadvantage you experienced, was experienced in all units, not just select units. If you opt to exclude your results, each unit you passed will be recorded as SFR (Satisfied Faculty Requirements) on your academic transcript.

For information on discontinuation dates, see census dates and teaching periods 2020.

The Weighted Average Mark (WAM) is a more precise measurement of your academic performance than the Grade Point Average. This is because we base the calculation on your actual marks (eg: 78, 89, 63, 48 and so on) and the year level of each unit. Therefore, the WAM is the average mark you achieve across all completed units in a course, including any failed and repeated units. The WAM is out of 100.

We use the WAM as an entry requirement for some honours and graduate courses.

How to find out your WAM

We will calculate your WAM for your award course if you started on or after semester one, 2008. We don't calculate the WAM for Masters by Research and PhD courses.

  • You can use our online calculator below to estimate your WAM.
  • You can view your latest WAM in your unofficial academic record in the Web Enrolment System (WES) at any time. It will be calculated using the results from all of your completed semesters.
  • Your WAM will also appear on your academic record (transcript). You’ll receive a free academic record when you graduate.

Converting your WAM

If you want to know what the GPA equivalent of your WAM is, simply use our Grade point average (GPA) calculator.

Online calculator

Use the online calculator to estimate a WAM.

Methodology

WAM is weighted according to the:

  • credit point value of each unit
  • year level weighting of each unit.
Year level of unit and its weighting.
Year level of unit Year level weighting
First year (undergraduate) 0.5
All other year levels 1.0

All units designated as first year are weighted 0.5, regardless of the sequence or year in which you take the unit. For example, if you complete a first-year unit in your third year of study, it will be weighted 0.5, not 1.0.

Grades not included in the calculation:

  • SFR (satisfied faculty requirements)
  • NE (not examinable)
  • NAS (not assessed)
  • WI (withdrawn incomplete)
  • PGO (Pass Grade Only)
  • NGO (Fail Grade)

Formula

WAM =

Σ (first year unit marks x unit credit points x 0.5) + Σ (later year unit marks x unit credit points × 1.0)
÷
Σ (first year unit credit points x 0.5) + Σ (later year unit credit points x 1.0)

Calculation steps

  1. Multiply the unit mark by unit credit point value and then by the year level weighting
  2. Sum the resulting values (weighted marks)
  3. Multiply the unit credit point value by the year level weighting
  4. Sum the resulting values (weighted credit points)
  5. Divide the sum of the weighted marks by the sum of the weighted credit points
  6. Calculate to three decimal places.

Example

An example of how WAM is calculated for nine units with a range of grades and unit credit points across year levels.
Unit Year
level
Year level
weighting
Unit
mark
Grade Unit
credit
points
Weighted mark Weighted credit points
MON1001 1 0.5 63 C 6 189 3
MON1002 1 0.5 80 HD 12 480 6
MON1003 1 0.5 40 N (fail) 6 120 3
MON1004 1 0.5 85 HD 6 255 3
MON2001 2 1.0 96 HD 24 2304 24
MON2002 2 1.0   WN (withdrawn fail) 6 0 6
MON3001 3 1.0 65 C 6 390 6
MON3002 3 1.0 77 D 6 462 6
MON4001 4 1.0 82 HD 6 492 6
Total4692 63

Final calculation:

WAM = 4692 ÷ 63
WAM = 74.476

Related links

Calculating Honours Weighted Average (HWA):

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