Student guide

Whether you're starting the HSC or about to do your exams, find resources to help you get prepared, maintain wellness, and understand what you can expect in the exams.

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Starting the HSC

Are you ready for the HSC? Find out what you need to know before you start studying.

HSC courses

Know your options for English and Maths, and what courses count towards your ATAR, including changes from 2025 to expand student choices.

HSC key dates

Find out the dates that you will receive your exam timetables, start and finish your exams and receive your results.

All my own work

To be eligible for the HSC, most students need to complete the HSC: All My Own Work program. Find out more about how it can help you follow the principles and practices of good scholarship.

Preparing for your exams 

NESA wants students to do their best. Learn how to prepare for your exams.

Preparing for the HSC exams

Find information and tips so you can feel more confident and be ready for your HSC exams.

Glossary of key words

Find the key words that frequently appear in HSC exam questions. Understanding these terms will assist you to better prepare for your exams.

HSC past exam papers

Find past exam papers, with marking guidelines and HSC marking feedback, for every course.

Exam day

Know what you can bring into the exams, and what you should do if things don't go to plan.

Approved calculators

Only calculators approved by NESA can be used in HSC exams. Find the full list of approved calculators.

Exam equipment list

Students are expected to bring only approved equipment into the Higher HSC exam room. Find out what equipment is permitted for your exam.

Illness and misadventure

If you become sick or experience a mishap in the time leading into your HSC exams, there is an illness and misadventure process. Find out how it works and the evidence you will need to show.

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