Minimum standard online tests

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Last Updated: 30 May 2018

Students in Years 10 to 12 may demonstrate the HSC minimum standard by achieving Level 3 or above in the NESA minimum standard online reading, writing and numeracy tests.

Principals are responsible for nominating a Test Coordinator for the administration of the minimum standard online tests.

Information for Test Coordinators is available on Schools Online. Navigate to: Downloads > Memos and Documents > Online Testing – HSC Minimum Standard > HSC minimum standard - Information for Test Coordinators.

Student entries for the minimum standard online tests

NESA allows schools to enter students a maximum of twice a year to sit for each minimum standard online test.

Students do not need to attempt the tests at the same time, or even in the same year. In consultation with their teachers, students should sit each minimum standard reading, writing or numeracy test when there is a reasonable expectation that they will successfully demonstrate the minimum standard in that domain.

To provide time for a student’s literacy and/or numeracy skills to improve, each attempt at a minimum standard reading, writing or numeracy test must be at least 90 days after the student’s previous attempt.

Students may not sit for a minimum standard reading, writing or numeracy test if they have already demonstrated the HSC minimum standard (ACSF Level 3) in that test domain, unless they are leaving school.

School leavers in Years 10 to 12 who have already achieved the minimum standard (ACSF Level 3) may sit the minimum standard tests again and use the test reports to demonstrate their levels of reading, writing and numeracy to employers and further education and training providers.

Minimum standard online test conduct, equipment and rules

Students must be supervised while sitting the minimum standard online tests. Test Coordinators will work with principals and other teaching staff to arrange appropriate supervision.

Information for Test Supervisors is available on Schools Online. Navigate to: Downloads > Memos and Documents > Online Testing – HSC Minimum Standard > HSC minimum standard - Information for Test Supervisors.

Schools can decide whether the minimum standard online tests will be undertaken using school computer equipment or student laptop/tablet devices.

Students should take a pen/pencil, a ruler and paper into the minimum standard online tests. Paper must be checked by a Test Supervisor before the test to ensure it is blank.

Calculators are not permitted. Where a numeracy question requires the use of a calculator, an online calculator will appear with the question.

The following other items are not permitted to be used:

  • mobile phones, smart watches or programmable watches
  • dictionaries
  • notes

Students are not permitted to leave the test window, view any other websites during a test or access notes or unauthorised materials during the test.

Malpractice and breaches of minimum standard online test rules

Schools must notify NESA of any instance of suspected malpractice or breaches of test rules as soon as possible after the test has been completed. Notifications should be forwarded to studentsupport@nesa.nsw.edu.au.

Results from a test where a student has been found guilty of malpractice or a breach of test rules may not be used to demonstrate achievement of the HSC minimum standard. In addition, students found to have engaged in malpractice, breach of test rules or have written a response considered offensive may not be permitted to re-sit the test for a period of up to 12 months.

Illness/misadventure for the minimum standard online tests

Where a student is prevented from a reasonable attempt at a test due to school-verified illness or misadventure, the student may re-sit the test at another time.

  • If an incident occurs before a test starts, the school can arrange for the student to sit the test later in the same test window.
  • If the incident occurs during a test, the school may:
    • arrange for the student to sit another test in the next available window, or
    • request NESA to cancel the test, which would allow re-enrolment in the same test window.

Illness/misadventure enquiries should be forwarded to studentsupport@nesa.nsw.edu.au.

NESA makes no provision for school-based assessment or estimated marks to be substituted for minimum standard online test results.

Information about the minimum standard online tests is available on Schools Online. Navigate to: Downloads > Memos and Documents > Online Testing – HSC Minimum Standard.