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Last updated 12:16 PM on 20 September 2017


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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.

Students with an intellectual disability undertaking Life Skills English or Life Skills Mathematics in Years 10, 11 and/or 12 will be exempt from the HSC minimum standard requirement.

As part of a broader NSW Government strategy to boost student literacy and numeracy across the state, the introduction of the minimum standard will ensure students with a HSC have basic reading, writing and numeracy skills.

For more information, read the Fact Sheet HSC minimum standard (pdf 162 KB) or visit the