HSC minimum standard

From 2020, all students will need to meet minimum literacy and numeracy standards as part of their Higher School Certificate.

What is the minimum standard?

The minimum standard is a nationally agreed standard of functional literacy and numeracy skills. These are the skills required for everyday life, such as:

  • writing a job application
  • reading a safety manual
  • comparing mobile phone plans
  • calculating the quantity of paint needed to paint a room.

The minimum standard will help ensure that students have developed the essential literacy and numeracy skills needed for success in life after school.

How will students meet the minimum standard?

Students can meet the minimum standard by passing short online reading, writing and numeracy tests in Years 10, 11 or 12.

For more information, visit the NSW Education Standards Authority website.

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