Assessment Certification Examination (ACE)

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Welcome to the Assessment Certification Examination (ACE) website, which provides current, easily accessible information to principals, teachers, parents and students about the rules and procedures set by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for secondary education in New South Wales.

ACE provides enhanced support to schools in their implementation of requirements under the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards Act 2013, and the Education Act 1990 (NSW) and NESA policies in relation to Years 7–12 assessment, certification and examination programs.

ACE provides up-to-date information on NESA’s policies in relation to the Higher School Certificate and the Record of School Achievement.

ACE reflects the legislative and policy changes associated with the Record of School Achievement in Stage 5. NESA's policies in relation to Years 7–10 curriculum are incorporated in the ACE website.

ACE includes assessment and credentialling policies and procedures for Stage 6 Preliminary courses.


Changes to ACE rules and procedures are occurring to reflect the Stronger HSC Standards reforms.

NESA strongly encourages all ACE users to review the Summary of Changes that may impact this website.