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ICAS Awards and Recognition


Awards and Recognition

In addition to a Student Report, each student that participates receives a Certificate which is awarded on the following basis:


AwardFor each year level in each state or country
Principal's AwardPrincipals may wish to award this certificate to students who have made progress that may not have been recognised otherwise. The awarding of Certificates is entirely at the discretion of schools.
Participation Certificatefor all remaining participants
Merit Certificatethe next 10% of participants
Credit Certificatethe next 25% of participants
Distinction Certificatethe next 10% of participants
High Distinction Certificatethe top 1% of participants


The percentages allocated to awards are approximate and will vary according to the number of students taking each test and the distribution of their scores.

University of New South Wales (UNSW) Medals

Students with the top score in each subject in each year level are awarded a medal and a medal winner’s certificate. It should be noted that students must have written the relevant assessment on the official ICAS sitting date and the result must be judged as sufficiently meritorious to be eligible for a UNSW medal.*

This year over 980,000 entries were received but only 514 students from Australia and 100 students from New Zealand and the Pacific Region were awarded medals for their outstanding achievement. Congratulations to all of these high achievers!

* Terms and conditions apply. Home school students and some regions are not eligible for UNSW ICAS medals.

Medal Presentation Ceremonies

Medal presentation ceremonies are held annually around Australia and in Auckland, New Zealand. These ceremonies are held in November and early December to publically acknowledge, encourage and reward students’ academic achievements. Medals are presented to students in each year level in the core areas of Digital Technologies, English, Mathematics, Science, Spelling and Writing. Photographs of the medal winners will be available 1 – 3 days after each medal presentation ceremony.


To find out more about how your country recognises their medal winners, contact your in country representative.

ATAR bonus points

Medal winning students in their final two years of schooling also qualify for a bonus Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) Point which can be used toward most undergraduate degree programs at the University of New South Wales.


You can download a PDF copy of the ATAR Information for a quick reference to information on bonus points for medals.

Gifted and Talented Student organisations

Parents and teachers of high-achieving students can find resources and support through Gifted and Talented Student organisations listed below:


State or countryOrganisation


Gifted Education Research Resource and Information Centre

Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented


Queensland Association for Gifted and Talented Children


Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented


Gifted and Talented Students - Northern Territory Government


The New Zealand Association for Gifted Children


Gifted and Talented Children's Association of South Australia


The Tasmanian Association for the Gifted Inc


Victorian Association for Gifted and Talented Children