HSC languages oral exam timetable

HSC languages oral exams run between 5 August and 9 September 2023. Search for your course to see the time and date of your exam.

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About the languages oral exam timetable

HSC language courses test students through oral examinations. Languages oral exams for 2023 have now been scheduled. You can see all languages courses and their scheduled oral exam.

2023 timetable

Last updated: 24 April 2023

Important information for schools

See when you can schedule languages oral exam for students, receive confirmation and examination periods.

Key dates
  • Wednesday 24 May 2023 to Tuesday 30 May 2023: Languages oral exam scheduling open for viewing in Schools Online.
    • Schools can see venues, dates, and session times to discuss preferred exam dates and times with students prior to scheduling the following week.
    • Ensure all student photos are uploaded in Schools Online.
  • Wednesday 31 May 2023 to Friday 9 June 2023: Languages oral exam scheduling open in Schools Online. Schools can schedule students to their preferred session times. Students must have a photo uploaded before a session can be scheduled.
  • As soon as students have been scheduled, their Student Confirmation Sheet will be available in Schools Online and Students Online.
  • 5 August 2023 to 9 September 2023: Languages oral exams take place.

NESA will allocate an exam time to all unscheduled students after 9 June 2023.

Regional schools: NESA will contact you to schedule your students in early May. If arrangements have not been made for your students by 17 May, contact us prior to scheduling opening on 31 May.

For more information, refer to Schools Online > Memos and Documents > HSC Languages Exam Advice.

Important information for students

Students can understand how to prepare for their languages oral exam and what to expect at the exam. 

Before your exam day
  • After your school has scheduled your exam, log in to Students Online to download your confirmation sheet and helpful maps and parking information.
  • If your school does not schedule your oral exam, NESA will schedule it. Once your exam is scheduled, your confirmation sheet will be available on Students Online from Friday, 16 June 2023. If your exam details are not available on Students Online by this date, talk to your teacher.
  • Check the exam venue location. It is unlikely your language oral exam venue will be your home school.
  • No alternative arrangements will be made if you fail to attend a scheduled exam.
On your exam day
  • Bring a printed copy of your confirmation sheet with you to the exam.
  • Arrive at the exam centre 30 minutes before the start time on your confirmation sheet. The start time refers to the start of the exam session and means students do their exams progressively from this time.
  • Be prepared to wait under supervision to do your exam. You may bring food and drink to have while you wait as there are no food outlets at exam centres. Food and drink cannot be taken into the exam room.
  • You may consult study materials including dictionaries while you are waiting, but you will not be permitted to refer to these during your exam.
  • All electronic communication devices must be switched off while you are waiting to be examined and during your exam. This means any study material on your device will not be accessible. If you are found using your mobile phone during this time, you may jeopardise your exam.
  • NESA staff are not responsible for the security of any material or equipment brought to an exam.
  • You should not wear your school uniform to your oral exam.
  • If you are unwell on your oral exam day, ask your teacher to contact us on 1800 200 955 or email examlang@nesa.nsw.edu.au.
  • Should you require wheelchair access, please contact us as soon as possible on 1800 200 955 or email examlang@nesa.nsw.edu.au.
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