Year 10 students


NSW Education Standards AuthorityChanges to the HSC minimum standard

From this year, Year 9 NAPLAN tests will no longer be an early way for students to demonstrate the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy needed to receive the HSC from 2020.

This change has been made to ensure NAPLAN remains focussed on its original diagnostic purpose and reduce unnecessary stress on young people.

The NSW government remains committed to requiring a minimum standard to receive the HSC due to the importance of literacy and numeracy skills for success in everyday life.

The minimum standards still apply to you and you will be supported in attempting to reach these standards at the College between now and 2020.


If you are in Year 10 this year (2018) and did not receive a Band 8 or above in the 2017 Year 9 NAPLAN tests you will need to take the minimum standard online tests between now and Year 12 to receive your HSC in 2020. If you achieved a Band 8 or above in one or more of the 2017 Year 9 NAPLAN tests you are recognised as having met the HSC minimum standard in that area/s and will not need to sit the corresponding online test/s.

NESA has published all key documentation to support you via the NESA Website