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HSC examinations: non-serious attempts and non-attempts

ACE 9025

Last Updated: 1 April 2019

HSC students who do not make a serious attempt at the examination may not receive an award in the course concerned. This may render some students ineligible for the award of the Higher School Certificate.

Non-serious attempts include frivolous or objectionable material.

Students who provide answers to examination questions in a language other than English (unless specifically instructed to do so) will have zero marks awarded.

Non-attempts include those where only multiple-choice questions are attempted.

Any student identified as making a non-serious attempt or a non-attempt will be asked by NESA to justify why they should receive a result in the course concerned.

NESA will advise the student and the school principal of its decision at the time of the release of Higher School Certificate results.