HSC results are in, what do they mean?

HSC achievement: This is against set standards of achievement so students are rewarded for their performance with the mark they deserve, no matter how many other students performed at a similar, higher or lower level.

HSC achievement: This is against set standards of achievement so students are rewarded for their performance with the mark they deserve, no matter how many other students performed at a similar, higher or lower level.

NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) results are developed using fair, rigorous and publicly accountable processes.

The HSC results are a detailed package showing each student the level of knowledge and skills that they achieved in each course.

The HSC mark is a 50:50 combination of a student’s examination mark and school-based assessment mark that may include tests, written or oral assignments, practical activities, fieldwork and projects.

Schools submit an HSC assessment mark for every student in every course. NESA puts the marks through a process of moderation to allow a fair comparison of marks in each course across different schools.

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The examination mark for each course shows the student’s performance in the HSC examination for that course, which was set and marked by NESA. Each student’s achievement is assessed and reported against set standards of performance.

A student is rewarded for their performance with the mark they deserve, no matter how many other people performed at a similar, higher, or lower level.

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HSC marks for each course are divided into bands and each band aligns with a description of a typical performance by a student within that mark range. For a 2 unit course, Band 6 indicates the highest level of performance and the minimum standard expected is 50.

  • Band 6 = 90 - 100 marks
  • Band 5 = 80 - 89 marks
  • Band 4 = 70 - 79 marks
  • Band 3 = 60 - 69 marks
  • Band 2 = 50 - 59 marks
  • Band 1 = 0 - 49 marks

Each band is aligned to what a student at that level of performance typically knows, understands and can do. The 'average' performance in most courses is usually a mark in the mid-70s (Band 4). For an Extension course, the bands are E4 (highest level of performance) to E1.

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If you feel an examination mark is not consistent with your expectation, the HSC Raw Marks report and the HSC Results Check service are available for a small fee per course. You can request a copy of the raw marks or your examination responses for each written examination.

This service is an opportunity to confirm your marks were processed correctly but does not involve a re-mark – requests available for 2017 HSC students from December 18, 2017 to June 2, 2018. For 2017 HSC students, your Students Online account closes June 30, 2018 so save/print your order before then.

The Careers Advisory Service is a free email service from Dec 18-20 offered by the NSW Department of Education and provides up-to-date, relevant and impartial information about the range of available career and study options.

Visit careersadvisoryservice.com and boardofstudies.nsw.edu for more info.