Year 10 – HSC Minimum Standards Requirements

The NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) requires that all Year 10 students complete mandatory HSC Minimum Standards tests before they are eligible for the award of the Higher School Certificate (HSC)

Students will need to meet the HSC Minimum Standard in three areas – reading, writing and numeracy. The standard is set at level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF), which equates to a basic level of reading, writing and maths skills needed for everyday tasks and future learning after school.

Students will complete the following tests online;

  • A 45 multiple choice reading test – 45 minutes
  • A 45 multiple choice numeracy test – 45 minutes
  • A writing test based on a choice between a visual or written prompt. – 45 minutes 

The tests will be held on Monday 21st June, Week 10 of Term 2

Students who did not meet the minimum standards in one or more tests will be notified and have the opportunity to resit the tests again throughout the remainder of 2021. The College will continue to support students who do not meet the minimum standards on their first attempt.

Students are expected to have with them a fully charged laptop and working headphones (refrain from using wireless earpods) in preparation for the minimum standards testing. In order to complete the online tests students must download the NESA lockdown browser. This link will be shared with students in Week 7

Students who wish to may access practice tests and sample responses here. Further information regarding the HSC Minimum standards can also be accessed here




Dorian Kipriotis

Leader of Teaching