Exam equipment

HSC exam equipment list

You should write in black pen. Make sure you bring spare pens to each examination. You may also bring a ruler, highlighters, pencils and a sharpener, and a bottle of water in a clear bottle. You can wear your watch to your examinations, but once you sit down you will have to take it off and place it in clear view on your desk. Programmable watches, including smart watches, will not be allowed in the examination room.

The following list shows the examinations for which you are to bring specific equipment, as there may be some examination questions that require the use of this equipment. If an item is listed as optional, it means that there will be no examination questions for which the item is essential, but you may bring and use it if you wish.

All equipment you bring is subject to inspection on entry. Make sure any equipment you are allowed to bring, such as a calculator, is in good working order because an appeal under misadventure provisions for equipment failure will not be upheld.

What you cannot bring into your examination room

  • A mobile phone. Mobile phones are not permitted in an examination room under any circumstances.
  • A programmable watch, eg a smart watch.
  • Any electronic device (except a calculator where permitted). This includes mobile phones or other communication devices, organisers, tablets (eg iPads, etc), music players or electronic dictionaries.
  • Paper or any printed or written material (including your examination timetable).
  • Dictionaries, except where permitted in language examinations.
  • Correction fluid.

You are not allowed to borrow equipment during examinations.

Equipment for specific HSC exams

This list details specific equipment that students are expected to bring for particular examinations. Only those examinations that require specific equipment are listed. View a list of Board-approved calculators.

Agriculture
Board-approved calculator
Automotive (VET)
Board-approved calculator
Biology
Board-approved calculator
Business Services (VET)
Board-approved calculator
Business Studies
Board-approved calculator
Chemistry
Board-approved calculator
Construction (VET)
Board-approved calculator
Earth and Environmental Science
Board-approved calculator
pair of compasses
protractor
set squares
Economics
Board-approved calculator
Electrotechnology (VET)
Board-approved calculator
Engineering Studies
Board-approved calculator
pair of compasses
protractor
set squares
(optional) circle templates including
isometric/ellipse
Entertainment Industry (VET)
Board-approved calculator
Financial Services (VET)
Board-approved calculator
Geography
Board-approved calculator
pair of dividers
pair of compasses
protractor
coloured pencils and/or coloured felt pens
(optional) a hand-held magnifying glass
(optional) a piece of string or thread for  measuring
Hospitality (VET)
Board-approved calculator
Human Services (VET)
Board-approved calculator
Industrial Technology
Board-approved calculator
pair of compasses
protractor
set squares
Information and Digital Technology (VET)
Board-approved calculator
Information Processes and Technology
Please note that calculators are NOT permitted.
Latin
Unannotated print dictionaries are permitted in Latin Continuers and Latin Extension
Mathematics General 2, Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2
Board-approved calculator
pair of compasses
protractor
set squares
(optional) a curve-drawing template1
Metal and Engineering (VET)
Board-approved calculator
Modern Languages (Beginners, Background Speakers, Continuers, Extension, Heritage)
Any unannotated print dictionary
Physics
Board-approved calculator
pair of compasses
protractor
set squares
Primary Industries (VET)
Board-approved calculator
Retail Services (VET)
Board-approved calculator
Senior Science
Board-approved calculator
pair of compasses
protractor
set squares
Software Design and Development
(optional) a flowchart template
Please note that calculators are NOT permitted.
Tourism, Travel and Events (VET)
Board-approved calculator

Note: 1 Students may take into any HSC mathematics examination, templates for drawing curves and geometrical figures, measuring, constructing, etc. Such templates may contain equations of simple curves (eg y = x2, y = sin x, y =1/x) that can be drawn using the template, and decimal approximations (eg for pi, e), but no other printed formulae (eg sine rule, cosine rule, quadratic formulae, area and volume formulae). Acceptable templates include Mathomat, Mathomat Senior and (Non Formulae).


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