Students will have a number of opportunities to meet the HSC minimum standard. This includes four opportunities each year from Year 10 up to five years after starting their first HSC course. At least 30 calendar days are required before re-attempting a test in the same domain. Students have to meet the HSC minimum standard in reading, writing and numeracy only once.
There have been changes to the minimum standard online test process this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Year12 students will now have increased chances to sit the minimum standard online tests. Year 12 students yet to meet the HSC minimum standard will be able to attempt each test up to six times in 2020, with 14 calendar days between re-attempts.
There are three 45 minute online tests:
- an adaptive, multiple choice reading test
- an adaptive, multiple choice numeracy test
- a test for writing based on a written or visual prompt
The online tests will be administered by schools. Schools will help students to decide when they are ready to take each test.