NESA 2021 HSC exam results, timetable and Exam Dates

The NSW Education Standard Authority (NESA) has released the 2021 HSC exam timetable, exam dates, and the action plan for schools’ online data submission.

The official NESA Exam timetable can be found on their website. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the authority cautioned stakeholders and students to be aware that the key dates and deadlines currently listed are subject to change.

See the original information on PNG Insight

As per NESA 2021 HSC timetable, the School Online data submission will conclude in September 2021; and the examinations will begin on the 12th of October 2021. Read on to find HSC Board Exam Dates 2021 and Timetable.

HSC exam results 2021


HSC 2021 exam timetable

Higher School Certificate (HSC) key dates published by NESA include the start and finish of the written exam period, publication of timetables, and when results are released. View the different HSC exam timetable via the links provided:
• Important dates for the practical and performance exams.
• See 2021 School terms and public holidays for NSW Government schools.

‘Please be aware that the key dates and deadlines currently listed are subject to change due to the COVID-19 outbreak. NESA will continue to update you with exceptions and changes to relevant deadlines.’ NESA 2021

Term 4 Written Examinations dates

Access the written exam timetable here. The important dates are from 12th October to 4th  November 2021.

  • Tuesday, 12 October 2021 HSC written examinations commence.
  • Monday 1 November 2021 HSC student entries open.
  • Thursday, 4 November 2021 HSC written examinations conclude

NESA indicated that after the last HSC written examination, the HSC Assessment Ranks will be released to students via Students Online for 4 weeks. Students are to access their results by early December 2021.

NESA School Online data

Follow the Timetable of Actions for Secondary Schools timetable for the Year 12, 11 and 10 student data-related activities and deadlines that schools need to complete via Schools Online (Administration).
How to get your NESA School Online user ID and PIN/password?

  • Years 10 - 12 Principals call (02) 9367 8001.
  • Years K - 9 Principals call 1300 119 556.
  • Staff contact your Principal to create your Schools Online profile.

If you have forgotten your password, use the 'Forgot your password' recovery facility. This may help you to recover your online password, otherwise, your Principal can reset it for you.

2021 HSC exam results & school ranking

The HSC school ranking for 2021 comes out after the examinations and results are realised to students. Here is how Matrix Education is ranking the top 150 schools in NSW. They are using the performances of students in the end-of-the-year examinations to rank the schools (Note that the ranking given in brackets are the ranks by each category for 2020):

  • Breakdown of Top 150 NSW Schools (In 2020 Independents schools makeup 72% of the 150 schools analysed, followed by Govt/selective schools 18% and Govt/non-selective schools 10%)
  • Selective Schools/Government TOP 10 (James Ruse Agricultural High School, Carlingford, #1 in 2020)
  • Non-Selective Schools/Government TOP 10 (NBSC Mackellar Girls School, #1)
  • Independent Schools TOP 10 (Sydney Grammar School, Darlinghurst, #1)
  • Most Improved Schools (Sydney Grammar School, Darlinghurst, #1)
  • Top 150 Schools by Success Rate James Ruse Agricultural High School, Carlingford, (#1)

The 2021 HSC Rankings for schools are likely to follow the same ranking scheme. It is important to note that the ranking of schools is determined by the ‘performance’ of the students in the national examinations.

NSW Visitors note

We compile this information for our visitors from Australia and especially New South Wales. We hope that it gives you an idea about the 2021 NESA Exam timetable, key dates, 2021 result dates and schools’ ranking categories. Here is what NESA said and we thought we would repeat it for our visitors:

‘Please be aware that the key dates and deadlines currently listed are subject to change due to the COVID-19 outbreak. NESA will continue to update you with exceptions and changes to relevant deadlines.’ NESA 2021

If you need more information regarding the exams and 2021 Key Dates, please follow the direct links we provided here to NESA website.

The Mathematics Examinations Resources (MER) website has a good collection of HSC past exam papers, exam topics and study guides. Check out the link to the HSC Advanced Maths and General examination papers.

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