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2021 HSC timetable

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The release of the HSC timetable marks the beginning of the final leg of the Year 12 school journey.

As of 29 April, 76,000 NSW school students received their personalised timetable for the 2021 written HSC exams.

HSC written exams will start on Tuesday 12 October with a compulsory English paper and finish with the examination of Food Technology on Thursday 4 November.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the release of the HSC timetables were the final leg of the school journey for Year 12 students.

โ€œThe HSC is a logistical behemoth, it includes scheduling 18 days of HSC exams involving around 76,000 students, 129 exams and more than 775 exam centres,โ€ Ms Mitchell said.

โ€œThe HSC is the culmination of years of schooling and receiving your timetable makes it all the more real for students.

โ€œStudents are already working hard in their final year, and I wish them all the best during an exciting time.โ€

NESA CEO Paul Martin said planning for the HSC exams was a necessarily rigorous process, especially after last year showed just how quickly things could change.

โ€œThe timetable is designed to provide a schedule which is as fair and equitable as possible to ensure all students get the opportunity to do their best in their written exams,โ€ said Mr Martin.

โ€œLast year showed that plans can change in an instant and we always want to make sure students, schools and exam supervisors feel prepared for anything, so they can focus on exams.โ€

To develop the timetable NESA follows rigorous procedures to:

  • provide sufficient breaks between exams for popular courses
  • provide sufficient breaks between exams for frequently combined courses
  • enable all exams to be marked and students to receive their results from 6:00am on Friday 10 December
  • minimise the number of students with two exams scheduled at the same time.

All 2021 HSC students can access their timetable on Students Online.

The full 2021 HSC written exam timetable is available on the NESA website.