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HSC Minimum Standards

The HSC minimum standard

The HSC minimum standard is part of an effort to improve the literacy and numeracy outcomes for students. From 2020, students in NSW will need to demonstrate a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy to receive their HSC. The HSC minimum standard is a way of supporting and ensuring students have a functional level of literacy and numeracy.

To achieve an HSC in 2020 and beyond, students must sit the HSC minimum standards online tests in reading, writing and numeracy. Each of the three tests are of 45 minutes duration. Students must achieve a level 3 in each test in order to meet the HSC minimum standard. This aligns with level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) which is considered the level required to function in everyday life, for work and further study beyond school.

Once the HSC minimum standard is achieved in all three areas, a student is eligible to receive the HSC.

Students can sit the online tests up to four times per year in Year 10, 11 and 12 and up to five years after they start the HSC. Wyndham College will advise students when there is an opportunity to sit the online tests. At least 30 calendar days is required before re-attempting a test in the same domain. 

Please note: If a student sat the 2017 NAPLAN test and earned a band 8 in reading, writing and numeracy they will be deemed as meeting the HSC minimum standards and will not have to sit the HSC minimum standard online tests.

Click here for a link to NESA information about online tests and sample tests.

Head Teacher of Secondary Studies at Wyndham College supervises the process of students meeting minimum standards for the HSC.  Please see Kellie Boyd in the staff study or email kellie.southcombe@det.nsw.edu.au for more information.

Support for students with additional needs

Some students who have not met the minimum standards will be given extra support and tuition at Wyndham College. Students will be withdrawn from classes to attend small group tuition sessions throughout the year to receive help with literacy and numeracy.

Students with additional needs may be eligible for provisions for the minimum standard tests. These provisions can be approved by the principal.

The learning support team will liaise with the principal about extra provisions for the HSC minimum standard tests.

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