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 calculated?
The University WAM is calculated using the following formula:
where Wc is the unit of study credit points, x the unit weighting, and Mc is the mark achieved for the unit.
The weight of a unit of study is assigned by the owning faculty. In this Faculty, junior units are weighted one, intermediate units are weighted two and senior units are weighted three.
In this Faculty:
(a) A junior unit of study is a 1xxx or first-year stage unit.
(b) An intermediate unit of study is a 2xxx or second-year stage unit.
(c) A senior unit of study is a 3xxx or third-year stage unit.
Discontinued Fail (DF) and Discontinued Not to count as Failure (DNF) grades do not contribute to the WAM. Pass/Fail units also do not contribute to WAM.
4. How is a SCIWAM calculated?
A SCIWAM is a Weighted Average Mark used by the Faculty of Science, calculated from the results of all intermediate and senior units of study with a weighting of two for intermediate units and three for senior units only.
Discontinued Fail (DF) grades will contribute to the SCIWAM. The mark used for units of study with a grade of DF is zero. Discontinued Not to count as Failure (DNF) grades do not contribute to the SCIWAM. Pass/Fail units do not contribute to the SCIWAM, with the exception of Exchange units.
5. 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.
6. 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.