Your final HSC mark is made up of different percentages from both internal and external assessments. Your Trial exams are part of your internal assessment mark. As an internal assessment, teachers from your own school will be the ones writing, and marking these exams – you should take note of their feedback and tips over the past year. [P.S. Certain schools will use external assessors, so plan accordingly.]

Trial exams will cover everything you have learned all the way back to Term 4 of last year. At first glance, this is an impossible task – there is so much information to process! Now is the time to study smarter.

Check through your subject syllabuses with a fine-toothed comb to make sure you have not missed anything. Once you have done that, ensure you have awesome notes prepared for each topic in each subject.

Your awesome notes are done for each topic of each subject, but you are not finished yet – time to condense them down to the bare minimum of what you will need. This keeps them clean and concise and allows you to go over your notes again. Boom, more study under your belt!

Have you been typing up your notes? Now is the time to get out your pen, and some lined paper. This exercise serves a few roles:

1) makes sure that your handwriting is neat and legible so that you will be marked fairly;

2) you can begin planning out structures and arguments for long-responses and essays; and

3) you can get an idea of how many lined pages/booklets you will need to answer any given question.

You are now ready to do some sample Trial papers under exam conditions! Find out how you can do this by clicking through to

Trial exams are just that, trials. They are there to prepare you for the real thing at the end of the year. Do not be discouraged, or demotivated, by the rumour-mill that Trials are harder than the HSC.


Trial exams are usually in the same format and cover the same content as the HSC exams. This means that you now know how the HSC exams work and can prepare accordingly. Fine-tune your exam techniques, brush up on tricky content and concepts you were less confident about, and make good use of any feedback you receive.