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University Applications and Offers - FAQ 10

10. We do not collect the order of preference from an applicant so how do I know the ordinal position for each course an applicant applies for?

Tertiary Admission Centres do get this information and therefore must record each preference in order. Each ordinal position recorded must also be unique. Higher education providers are not always able to correlate applicant applications and often the applicant has not specified an order of preference particularly when applying through different schools. In this case where the application process does not require an applicant to express preferences in numerical order, a higher education provider may assign a value of "00" or a notional value. For example, when it is clear that an applicant has only made one application with one preference a notional value of "01" is recommended.


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