Today marked the official start of the HSC.
Dance Performance students started their practical tests on August 12.
In the coming weeks, Drama (August 26) and Music (September 9) students will also begin their HSC exams.
This year, around 1000 Dance students will perform over the coming weeks, along with over 4000 Drama students and 5500 Music students.
More than a third of this year's 77,000 HSC students are taking one of nine subjects with a practical or performance component.
Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said HSC courses involving a performance or practical component allow students to develop experience and skills critical for tertiary study and future employment.
Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee encouraged more students to take part in an HSC course with a practical component.
English will kick off the HSC written exams on Thursday, October 17.