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What is the minimum standard?

Students in NSW will need a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy to receive the HSC from 2020. This change will not affect students sitting for the 2017, 2018 or 2019 HSC. 
Learn more about the minimum standard

Why have a minimum standard?

The minimum standard will ensure students have the basic reading, writing and maths skills needed for everyday tasks and future learning.
Read about the benefits of the minimum standard.

Meeting the minimum standard

New, short, online reading, writing and numeracy tests for the HSC minimum standard will be available for students to sit when they are ready in Year 10, 11 or 12. Some Year 9s will meet the minimum standard early by getting Band 8s or better in the NAPLAN reading, writing and numeracy tests

Learn more about the many opportunities to meet the minimum standard.

Preparing students to achieve the minimum standard

Quality teaching of the NSW curriculum is the best way to prepare students to achieve the standard. 
Read more about preparing students.

Helping  at risk students achieve the minimum standard

All schools have policies and processes for identifying students not meeting expected literacy and numeracy benchmarks and provide additional support for those students. 
Find out more about further support that will be made available.


Some students may be exempt from meeting the minimum standard for  award of the HSC. 
Learn more about who may be exempt.


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