WAM Calculator Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is a WAM?
A Weighted Average Mark (WAM) is the average mark in the units of study completed by a student, weighted according to the credit point value and academic level of the particular unit.
2. What is a SCIWAM?
A SCIWAM is a Weighted Average Mark calculated for use by the Faculty of Science, and includes only Intermediate and Senior units of study.
3. How is a WAM or SCIWAM calculated?
The formula used by the Faculty of Science is: ∑ (Wc x Mc)/ ∑Wc where Wc is the weighted credit point value (ie the product of the credit point value and level of weighting of 2 for 2000-2999 units of study and 3 for 3000-3999 units of study) and Mc is the mark out of 100 for that unit of study.
All units where a result has been recorded, including Discontinued Fail, Absent Fail and PCON (but not W or DNF) are included in the calculation.
4. What are WAMs and SCIWAMs used for?
A WAM may be used by the Faculty for the purposes of assessing students' annual level of achievement in an Advanced degree or determining eligibility for prizes and scholarships.
A SCIWAM is part of the criteria to determine eligibility for entry to Honours and it also contributes to the ranking of applications for postgraduate scholarships.
5. What is my GPA?
GPA refers to grade point average and is used by some institutions in a similar way to the way the Faculty of Science uses the WAM and the SCIWAM. The Faculty of Science does not use GPA and will not be able to provide you with a GPA. If you are asked for a GPA you must contact the institution that you are applying to for more information.