Change of Preference Tips and Tricks

Macleay's Student Recruitment Advisor Joel Forde shares his tips and tricks on how to navigate through this Change of Preference period.   

Not long now until you receive your ATAR…you’re almost there! You’ve worked hard to get to this point. If you're concerned that you might not get the score you need, don’t worry – there are lots of options to fast-track you into your dream career sooner, rather than later. 

Have a read below - I’ll take you through key dates and some tips and frequently asked questions to get you back on track during the Change of Preference period.


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Hot Tips for Change of Preference 2019/20

1. Order Is Important

Aim high. List your most desired course FIRST and the remaining in the order that you wish to study them, NOT the order that you think you will get in. You will only receive one offer per round – the highest preference that you are eligible for.

2. If It Isn’t Broken, Don’t Fix It

IF you’re happy with your preferences then you DON’T need to change them. ATAR higher than expected? Change of Preference may not be required.


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3. Options, Options, Options

ATAR lower than anticipated? Relax, we’ve got you. Remember that there are always alternative options – our bachelor and diploma programs don’t require an ATAR, and we determine your suitability on a few different factors. Feel better? For more details read our FAQs

4. Communication Is Key

Talk with someone in the know - a Careers Advisor, teacher or one of your preferences. Remember, we’re here to help. We provide impartial advice on anything study related every day. Contact us on 1300 939 888 or to chat now or visit us on campus for an informal one-on-one with a specialist advisor.


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