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 480 Gao Kao overall score of 600 Gao Kao overall score of 750 Gao Kao minimum percentage ATAR equivalent
336 420 525 70% 80
348 435 544 72.50% 85
365 456 570 76% 90
374 468 585 78% 92
394 492 615 82% 94
403 504 630 84% 95
413 516 645 86% 96
432 540 675 90% 98

Notes

  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: Jiangsu = 480; Shanghai = 600; Zhejiang = 810; Hainan = 900.

Equivalent subjects

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

WA course
2014-15
WA course
2016
Gao Kao equivalent
English/Literature English ATAR/Literature ATAR No equivalent
Mathematics 2C/2D Mathematics Applications ATAR Mathematics - Score required 80 (out of 150); or Mathematics (Arts Basic) - Score required 100 (out of 150)
Mathematics 3A/3B No equivalent Mathematics - Score required 80 (out of 150)
Mathematics 3C/3D Mathematics Methods ATAR Mathematics - Score required 100 (out of 150)
Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D Mathematics Specialist ATAR Mathematics - Score required 100 (out of 150)
Chemistry 3A/3B Chemistry ATAR Chemistry - Score required 100 (out of 150); or Comprehensive subject (Science) [1] - Score required 200 (out of 300)
Physics 3A/3B Physics ATAR Physics - Score required 100 (out of 150); or Comprehensive subject (Science) [1] - Score required 200 (out of 300)

[1] may also be translated as: Integrated course; Synthetic.