HSC Well Wishes: A quick look at the 2017 HSC cohort

End in sight: For the majority of HSC students, these exams end a journey of 13 years of formal schooling. Take a deep breath and do the best you can.
End in sight: For the majority of HSC students, these exams end a journey of 13 years of formal schooling. Take a deep breath and do the best you can.

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More than 70,000 students are about to head into halls and take their final school exams.

Education minister Rob Stokes has reviewed the final preparations of more than 700,000 exam papers for 118 courses that are now ready for distribution to 750 exam centres around NSW and overseas.

"Running the HSC exams is a herculean 16-month operation, which is carefully planned and executed to ensure it not only runs smoothly, but remains fair for every student," Mr Stokes said.

NSW Education Standards Authority revealed that 77,975 students are enrolled in at least one HSC course.

Final preparations for the HSC exams are underway, which kick off with English on Monday October 16.

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Mr Stokes congratulated all students for the years of hard work it has taken to reach this point.

"Over coming weeks I encourage all HSC candidates to look after their health, take time out to exercise and keep the right balance in preparation for the exams ahead." Mr Stokes said.

"While it is an important opportunity to demonstrate skills and knowledge, at the end of the day it's just an exam."

Some 2017 HSC enrolment statistics:

  • 70,270 students are on track to achieve the HSC this year
  • 51 per cent are female. 49 per cent are male

By region

  • About 64 per cent have completed HSC courses in the Sydney region
  • Just under 1 per cent have completed HSC courses interstate or overseas

By course

  • Mathematics, Biology and Business Studies are the most popular elective subjects
  • Japanese is the most popular language in 2017 followed by French
  • Hospitality is the most popular vocational course

Random facts

  • Joshua and Emily are the most popular first names for students.
  • Smith and Nguyen are the most popular surnames
  • The 2017 cohort includes 913 sets of twins and 16 sets of triplets​

Good luck!

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