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Countdown to HSC 2018 begins

The finish line is rapidly approaching for close to 70,000 students about to complete year twelve, with the first Higher School Certificate exam just weeks away.

The first HSC English exam commences on Thursday 18 October with students now preparing for a big month of preparations to cap off an academic journey that, for most, began 13 years ago.

Education Minister Rob Stokes said the month out milestone is the perfect opportunity to remind students not to let their nerves get the better of them.

“You’ve worked hard, you’ve been guided by excellent teachers, now is the time to review, relax, exercise and focus on this final task ahead,” Mr Stokes said.

With HSC exams scheduled to run for around three weeks until the final pens are put down in the Drama exam on Friday 9 November, Mr Stokes said that it was important that students pace themselves.

“While this is a significant milestone in your young lives, these exams will not define you. So work hard, do your best, but don’t place too much pressure on yourselves, at the end of the day, it’s just an exam,” Mr Stokes said.

With more than 76,000 students attempting to complete at least one HSC course, there will be more than 700,000 exam papers for 118 courses delivered under guard to more than 750 exam centres around NSW and overseas.

“This is a massive logistical undertaking that takes 16 months of preparation, I would like to thank everyone involved and wish them the best of luck in ensuring the exams run smoothly and remain fair for every student,” Mr Stokes said.

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