NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) results are developed using fair, rigorous and publicly accountable processes.
Visit the HSC Results section of the BOSTES website for help understanding your results, and for more detail about how results are determined, judging and applying the standards, and how moderation of assessment marks works.
HSC Results Inquiry Centre – 1300 13 83 23
The HSC Results Inquiry Centre is a telephone service available to call on 1300 13 83 23 after results are released. The service is a valuable opportunity for you to talk with experienced BOSTES staff who are able to answer questions about your HSC results or the systems behind determining and processing them.
You may discuss any concerns you have about your marks or ask specific questions about your results. Specific questions might include:
- All of my school assessment marks were over 80, so why is my HSC assessment mark only 76?
- Why was my illness/misadventure appeal unsuccessful?
- I have an exam mark of 72 for Biology, why was I not placed in Band 4?
- If I was ranked first in my school, why are my exam and assessment marks different?
- My English marks are much lower than those in every other subject. Is there a mistake?
At peak times, you may experience a delay getting through to an operator. We encourage you to see if your question has been answered in the Exam section of this site.
See Contact Us for availability of this service
If you feel an examination mark is not consistent with your expectation, the HSC Results Check service is available for a small fee per course.
You can request a report of your raw examination marks for each course you studied.
You can request a copy of your examination responses for each course you studied that had a written examination.
Copies of HSC credentials
A HSC testamur will be posted to each HSC eligible student in January. See Getting your results for more information about delivery of HSC results and downloading your HSC credential package.
Copies of RoSA credentials
Students who leave school before receiving their HSC may be eligible to receive a Record of School Achievement (RoSA). See Getting your results for more information about downloading your RoSA credential.
Other post-HSC services
Careers Advisory Service – The Careers Advisory Service is a free phone and email service offered by the NSW Department of Education and available after results are released in December. The service provides students and their families or caregivers with up-to-date, relevant and impartial information about the range of available career and study options.
From 19 December 2016 to 21 December 2016 careers advisers will be available on 1300 300 687 from 9am to 5pm, or via the website to answer your enquiries. Parents and carers may also use this service.
TAFE NSW – TAFE NSW is the largest provider of vocational education and training in Australia. Many HSC courses give students credit towards TAFE credentials. Credit can be gained from general courses, such as Geography and Visual Arts, as well as from courses that include vocational units of competency.
Students may also undertake TAFE study prior to enrolling in university. Universities Australia has developed, with participating universities, national credit transfer arrangements for holders of TAFE qualifications in 15 broad fields of study. For more information about TAFE visit the website tafensw.edu.au.
Smart and Skilled program – Visit the Smart and Skilled website for information about NSW Department of Education's program which allows school leavers aged 15 years or older to enrol in government subsidised Vocational Education and Training (VET) up to and including Cert III, either at TAFE or another approved private or community training provider.Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) – The HSC results are used by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) to calculate a rank order of students known as the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). The ATAR is not a mark, nor is it a summary of the HSC. It is a ranking system used to allocate university placements. Contact UAC for more information about the ATAR and university admissions.