HSC minimum standard

All students need to reach a minimum standard of functional literacy and numeracy to receive the HSC. Find out what skills are needed to meet the standard, how the tests work, and the resources available.

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Skills needed to meet the HSC minimum standard

Students in NSW are supported to meet a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy to receive the HSC. Find out about the skills needed to reach the standard.

Taking minimum standard tests

To meet the HSC minimum standard, students need to achieve Level 3 or 4 in short online numeracy, reading and writing tests. Learn the rules about taking the tests, how the tests work and how to prepare for the tests.

HSC minimum standard resources

The HSC minimum standard tests require students to show their skills in numeracy, reading and writing. Find available resources, including sample questions and answers, to prepare for the tests.

Disability support and exemptions

Students with disability can access provisions for the minimum standard tests. Exemptions are also available for those studying Life Skills courses. Find out more about how students can be supported.

Past HSC minimum standard performance

See how students performed in the HSC minimum standard in the 3 testing domains of numeracy, reading and writing, for the previous year. 

Develop test items

NESA invites qualified teachers and academics to express interest in developing test items for HSC minimum standard tests in reading, numeracy, or writing. Learn about the test development process and application details.

Apply to sit the HSC minimum standard tests

Students can apply to sit the HSC minimum standard tests after leaving school if they have met all other requirements for the HSC. Learn more about sitting the tests and how to apply.

Apply to sit the test

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