New South Wales

2023 Year 12 Results Now Available

The 2023 HSC Distinguished Achiever awards, Subject Rank awards and All-rounder awards have been released and are now available on the Top Scores site.

This year it was a close race amongst the top students, with seven students chalking up a total of eight Distinguished Achiever awards each, thus earning themselves top placings on the Student Rankings by Awards Count list. However, it was Jeremy Wong (from Sydney Grammar School) who edged in front of his peers by bagging four First in Course places plus a second place Subject award.

Amongst the winners of Subject Top Achiever awards this year, two students came out on top with a total of five Top Achiever awards - Jeremy Wong (mentioned above), and Jacob Johnstone (from Knox Grammar School)

In the School HSC Statistics for 2023, Knox Grammar School once again took the top spot with the largest group of Distinguished Achiever award winners (343 students). However, when measuring Distinguished Achiever success rates, North Sydney Boys High School edged out James Ruse Agricultural High School to finish the year at the top of the school ranking ladder

Congratulations to all of this year's high achievers.

Year 12 in NSW

In New South Wales, students who successfully complete year 12 studies are awarded the Higher School Certificate (HSC). HSC results are the basis for determining which students receive offers of enrolment at tertiary institutions. The HSC program has a long history in NSW education, extending back to the late 1960's, when it was first introduced.

To be awarded an HSC, a student must complete four subjects or more, involving at least ten units of study.

HSC schools offer a wide range of subjects (worth 2 units) and extension courses (worth 1 unit). Each single unit of work is marked out of 50, so the majority of the core HSC subjects involve a mark out of 100. A student's overall HSC result is calculated from their best 2 units of English plus their best 8 additional units.

About HSC Results

HSC results are divided statistically into bands, from 1 (lowest) to 6 (highest) in a standard course, or from E1 to E4 in an extension course.

Students who achieve a band 6 or E4 result are recognised as Distinguished Achievers. This is equivalent to an HSC score of 90% or more.

Administration of the HSC

The NSW Education Standards Authority is responsible for administering the HSC program. It establishes and manages the curricula used throughout the NSW primary and secondary schools, from Kindergarten through to year 12. It conducts the external HSC examinations each year in November. It also oversees the assessment process and the distribution of exam results.

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