HSC written exams will start on Thursday, October 17 with a compulsory English paper, and finish on Monday, November 11 with papers for Design and Technology and Textiles and Design.
NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) acting chief executive officer, Paul Martin, said scheduling the 18 days of HSC exams is a complex logistical exercise involving around 77,000 students, 123 exams and 750 locations.
"The 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," Mr Martin said.
To develop the timetable NESA follows rigorous procedures to provide sufficient breaks between exams for frequently combined courses, and to minimise the number of students with two exams scheduled at the same time.
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NESA has identified and made alternative arrangements for the very small number of students who have conflicting exam times.
Also NESA needs to enable all exams to be marked and students to receive their results from 6am on Tuesday, December 17.
Results from the HSC exams account for 50 per cent of students' marks for the internationally recognised credential.
The 2019 HSC quick fact sheet
The organising of the NSW HSC examinations is vast. NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) is responsible for the logistics.
Here are some of the statistics:
- Around 77,000 students are enrolled in one or more HSC courses.
- HSC Music, Dance and Drama practical exams and 53 oral language exams were held in August and September.
- 123 HSC written examinations totalling around 350 hours are scheduled from October 17 to November 11.
- HSC exams will be held across NSW in over 750 exam centres staffed by over 7500 supervisors and presiding officers.
- Around 330 students will sit HSC exams overseas.
- 96 exam committees and around 300 committee members are involved in developing 123 written exam papers.
- Each exam will be reviewed at least six times and checked a further three times at minimum before more than 700,000 exam papers are printed.
- More than 5500 markers will work across NSW in eight marking centres and from home.
- Around 4000 HSC markers (72 per cent) will mark online with 83 courses to be marked all or in part online. Around 3200 online markers (80 per cent) will work remotely after attending a briefing and practice marking sessions at a marking centre.
- HSC results will be issued online, by email and via SMS from 6am on Tuesday, December 17.
- HSC exams were first held in 1967.