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HSC dates set, with exams to start from November 9
All HSC students will get the opportunity to complete their studies in 2021, with the full complement of HSC exams to go ahead from November 9.
Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell announced that students will be able to sit their HSC exams and receive their results in time for university offers to be made.
The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) has issued a revised timetable, with 110 exams taking place over 19 days, ending on December 3.
Students will receive their ATARs on January 20, 2022, with their HSC results released on January 24.
Chair of the NESA Board Professor Peter
Shergold said that providing a fair, equitable and safe opportunity for students to receive the HSC in 2021 continues to be at the forefront of every decision made by NESA.
“Revising the timetable to start on November 9 and deliver results on January 24 required the reconfiguration of a massive logistical operation involving over 100,000 people,” Professor Shergold said.
‘‘I am grateful to the New South Wales Vice Chancellors Committee and the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for their support, and for working with us to deliver an outcome which will see students receive their results and their university offers in a timely way.’’
Strict COVID safe protocols supported by NSW Health will be in place to protect students, exam supervisors and school staff when HSC exams start.
Exam supervisors will need to be fully vaccinated, and eligible HSC students are ‘‘strongly’’ encouraged to have received to both vaccine doses before exams start.
Other safety measures include: Mandatory face masks for students and staff, indoors and outdoors; Check-in and health screening protocols for students and staff; Physical distancing between students and staff at all times; Minimising mingling of student groups; Keeping exam group sizes as small as possible; Desks spaced a minimum of 1.5 metres apart and exam rooms well ventilated; and Hygiene marshals and regular cleaning of exam rooms.
An ‘illness and misadventure’ process is available for students who are unable to attend an exam due to having a positive COVID-19 test result, or being a close contact.
View the 2021 HSC exam timetable