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First day of HSC written exams

Published: 4 October 2016
Released by: The Premier

NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli have wished Year 12 students well as they begin their Higher School Certificate (HSC) written examinations today.

Mr Baird said more than 70,000 students will sit the compulsory two-unit English paper this morning.

“The first exam can often be daunting but my message to students is to simply do your best and be proud of the work you have completed,” Mr Baird said.

“The written exams are the final step in attaining a credential that is respected throughout the world. Remember, you have already done much of the work which will determine your final HSC result in assessments and tests undertaken during the year.

“It is only natural that you may feel anxious, but there are many pathways to the career or vocation you choose after school.”

Mr Piccoli said over 76,000 students are enrolled in at least one HSC course this year.

“I always encourage students to stay at school for as long as they can and over the last 5 years the number of students completing Year 12 has increased by almost 5,000, which is fantastic,” Mr Piccoli said.

“HSC examinations started some time ago for many students with practical examinations which have been ongoing since July.”

The HSC written exams will be held over 18 days from Monday 13 October to Wednesday 5 November, with 116 different exam papers.

To receive an HSC, students must have completed the equivalent of two years of prescribed study and, in doing so, satisfactorily completed assessments and external examinations. Most candidates are awarded the HSC at the end of Year 12.

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