HSC simulated marking program

The HSC simulated marking program is a coordinated effort between the NSW Department of Education (DoE), Catholic Schools NSW (CSNSW) and the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

The program provides a unique professional learning opportunity for rural and remote Stage 6 teachers to engage in a simulated HSC marking experience online.

Program overview

A range of one-day workshops are available. Participants will:

  • improve their understanding of HSC exam marking processes
  • deepen their understanding and application of marking guidelines, improving consistency in teacher judgement
  • use specialised marking software to practise marking student responses from previous years
  • collaborate with markers and other teachers around HSC results analysis package (RAP)
  • apply the skills and knowledge learned during the workshop to Stage 6 classes to enhance student learning outcomes.

Workshop details

Each workshop will be faciliated and delivered online by NESA officials or their delegates.

Table 1 – 2023 HSC simulation marking workshops

Subject Date
Business Studies (Core) Extended Response Tuesday 9 May 2023
Business Studies (Core) Extended Response Wednesday 10 May 2023
English Advanced (Paper 2) Module C Tuesday 9 May 2023
English Advanced (Paper 2) Module C Wednesday 10 May 2023
Mathematics Standard and Advanced – Short Answers Tuesday 9 May 2023
Mathematics Standard and Advanced – Short Answers Wednesday 10 May 2023

The Curriculum Secondary Learners Unit will provide $550.00 for casual relief funding to enable the successful department applicant to participate.

Workshop fees will be covered by the Curriculum Secondary Learners unit.

Application details

Participants for this professional learning will be selected according to their rurality and location. Teacher eligibility to apply for the program will be determined by the Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA+). Teachers in schools with a higher ranking to indicate remoteness will be prioritised for this program.

Apply now at 2023 HSC Simulated Marking application.

Applications close Thursday 23 March 2023.


  • Teaching and learning

Business Unit:

  • Educational Standards
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