Gao Kao China

The National Higher Education Entrance Examination (Gao Kao) is the national academic examination of entrance into higher education institutions of the People's Republic of China.

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from students who have completed the Gao Kao program. To be admitted to the University, you must:

  • satisfy the University's English language competence requirement by satisfactory performance in one of the English subjects detailed in the table below
  • achieve a sufficient number of points to be offered a place
  • satisfy any prerequisite subject requirements for your chosen course and major

Minimum entry scores

Gao Kao students must meet equivalent entry standards to other applicants. The following table provides an overview of the points considered equivalent to various Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks.

Gao Kao overall score of 750 Gao Kao minimum percentage ATAR equivalent
507 to 509 67.5% 75
525 to 528 70% 80
544 to 547 72.50% 85
570 to 577 76% 90
585 to 599 78% 92
615 to 629 82% 94
630 to 644 84% 95
645 to 659 86% 96
675 to 689 90% 98


  1. Calculate according to the maximum overall score for the specific province.
  2. The overall score received by the student is an aggregate of the individual subject scores.
  3. The overall (maximum) score is normally 750 except: Shanghai = 660

Equivalent subjects

The following table shows Gao Kao subject equivalents to WA Certificate of Education courses, which will satisfy course and major prerequisites.

English No equivalent
Mathematics Applications

Mathematics; 50% - 65% 

Mathematics (Arts Basic); 65% or higher

Mathematics Methods No equivalent
Mathematics Specialist Mathematics; 65% or higher

Chemistry; 65% or higher

Comprehensive Subject (Science); 65% or higher


Physics; 65% or higher

Comprehensive Subject (Science); 65% or higher

 Biology  Biology; 65% or higher