A weighted average mark (WAM) is the average mark you’ve achieved across all completed units in your award course.
Your WAM is the University’s way of measuring your academic performance and may be used to determine your eligibility for an honours program, prizes and scholarships, or for assessing your progression in your course.
Your WAM is weighted according to the credit point value and academic level (such as junior or senior) of the units you’ve completed, and may include credited units which have marks and grades displayed. The weight of a unit of study is assigned by the owning faculty or school. Only grades that are allocated a mark contribute to your WAM.
Some faculties or schools have additional WAM calculations, for example the Honours WAM (HWAM) in Engineering, Education and Social Work and Health Sciences. These calculations can also be found in the faculty or school resolutions.
Your WAM will be calculated and included on your academic transcript once you have been awarded. This is only available for students awarded after 30 May 2020. We are not able to provide you with a document outlining your WAM prior to awarding, you can calculate it using the formula provided in your handbook.
Your Annual Average Mark (AAM) is the average mark you have achieved across all units of study attempted in an academic year. Your AAM is calculated by multiplying each unit of study mark and its credit point value, then adding these totals together. You then divide this by the sum of all credit points attempted.
Units of study that are assessed only as pass/fail and credit transfer units (from another institution or within The University of Sydney) are excluded from these calculations. However, the marks from all attempts at a unit of study within the CSAM period are included.
As part of the University’s commitment to ensuring no student is academically disadvantaged as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis, we’ve introduced the Converted WAM (CWAM) as an additional way of calculating a student’s academic progress at the end their degree.
CWAM is calculated in the same way as your WAM across your whole degree but excluding marks from units undertaken in Semester 1 2020, at the time where the COVID-19 pandemic has had the greatest impact. Your CWAM will appear on your final academic transcript when you are awarded and will be taken into account when applying for our postgraduate studies and honours programs. When applying for programs at other institutions, the higher CWAM/WAM mark should be accepted.
A CWAM will not appear on your official transcript if you were awarded before May 2020, or if you transfer to a new enrolment which commenced after Semester 1, 2020.
The University of Sydney does not use a Grade Point Average (GPA). If you are asked for a GPA, you’ll need to contact the institution that is requesting the GPA for more information about its formula and apply it to your own grades.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences do not currently have a WAM calculation in the handbook.
You should use the below WAM calculation to determine admission requirements. Your WAM is calculated by multiplying each unit of study mark by its weighted credit point value, then adding these totals together. This is then divided by the sum of the weighted credit points.
To calculate the weighted credit point for each unit you need to multiply the credit point value of that unit of study by the weighting level. All units of study within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences have a weighting of one.
Units of study that are assessed only as pass/fail and credit transfer units are not counted in these calculations.
Units that are assessed only as pass/fail and credit transfer units (from another institution) are excluded from these calculations. However, the marks from all attempts at a unit of study are included.
If your average mark is calculated for a single semester, it's called your Semester Average Mark (SAM). These may be used to assess whether you’re meeting course requirements, for example for students in Advanced degrees, or scholarship conditions.
You can access your AAM or SAM in Sydney Student. Go to ‘My studies’, ‘Assessments’ then ‘View your academic transcript’ for your course. Where available, your AAM and SAM will be shown under ‘Your average marks’.
If any result is updated, it may take up to 24 hours for this to be reflected in your average mark in Sydney Student.
Your Cross-Semester Average Mark (CSAM) is the weighted average mark you have achieved across all units of study attempted in the CSAM period. The CSAM period includes all semesters required to complete at least 48 credit points. This means that more than 48 credit points may be included in your CSAM calculation. Once units of study have contributed to your CSAM, they will not be used again in a subsequent CSAM period.
Your CSAM is calculated by multiplying each unit of study mark and its credit point value, then adding these totals together. This is then divided by the sum of the credit points attempted within the CSAM period.
This can be expressed in the following formula: