On behalf of the Board of Studies in New South Wales, Australia, we deliver the HSC (Higher School Certificate) in October/November every year.
How can I sit an examination at the British Council?
In order to take HSC examinations, please register with the Board of Studies through the school you attend in Australia.
The Board of Studies will inform us of your candidate information. We will contact you to explain the details of the exams. (Usually after late-July)
How much will it cost?
Our costs include venue hire, invigilation charges, secure storage of question papers and scripts, and courier charges. Our costs do not include the exam fees charged by the board. Please get in touch with the examinations board to discuss their exam fees.
Monday to Friday
(10:00am to 6:00pm)
First examination session
Lasting up to 3 hours
¥35,000 (including 10% consumption tax) per candidate, non-transferable
Each additional/subsequent 3 hours
(within the same application)
¥23,000 (including 10% consumption tax) per candidate, non-transferable
*All charges are inclusive of consumption tax.
**For examinations that straddle the two time slots, the total fees will be determined by the end time of the examination.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Candidates are expected to notify the British Council of any cancellation or rescheduling in writing as soon as possible. Refund terms depend upon when you cancel and whether exceptional circumstances apply.
Time to examination date:
|More than 14 days before the examination||If the awarding body/you cancel the examination more than 14 days before the scheduled examination date, the payer will receive a 75% refund of the total examination fee.|
|Within 14 days but more than two days before the examination||If the awarding body/you cancel the examination within 14 days but more than two days before the scheduled examination date, the payer will receive a 50% refund of the total examination fee.|
|Within two days of the examination||If the awarding body/you cancel the examination within two days of the scheduled examination date, the payer will receive a 25% refund of the total examination fee.|
|On the examination day or after the examination||If the awarding body/you cancel the examination on the scheduled examination date or after the examination, no refund will be provided.|
II. Candidate exceptions:
The awarding body/you may make a case for exceptional circumstances to the test centre before the examination and up to five working days after the examination if you did not attend the examination. The test centre will respond to the awarding body/you within seven working days of receiving the case in writing. The test centre will assess the case for exceptional circumstances.
All cases for exceptional circumstances and supporting evidence must be received by the test centre no later than five working days after the scheduled examination date.
If the test centre approves the case, the payer will receive a full refund less an administration fee of no more than 25%.
If the test centre does not approve the case, then the terms given in Section 4.I will apply.
The test centre defines exceptional circumstances as:
- Serious medical conditions which prevent you from attending or performing normally on the examination date; such conditions require supporting evidence of a medical certificate from a qualified medical practitioner
- Evidence of bereavement, trauma or other forms of significant hardship
We allow rescheduling once due to medical reasons/emergency with proof, and only if the awarding body allows it.
III. Test centre exceptions:
Under certain circumstances outside the test centre’s control, we may have to cancel your examination. These circumstances include and are not limited to extreme weather conditions, natural disasters, civil unrest, and industrial actions. In those circumstances, the test centre will provide you and the awarding body with as much notice as possible and provide the choice of either:
- A full refund, or
- Rescheduling to a future examination date only if your awarding body allows it
In cases where the test centre cancels an examination under circumstances within its control then in addition to a full refund or reschedule the examination if your awarding body allows it, you may be eligible to apply for compensation for expenses incurred. Your eligibility will be assessed as a reasonable claim or not by the test centre and any compensation will be awarded depending on the following conditions:
- The test centre will assess whether the decision to cancel is within or outside its control.
- Any compensation awarded will be limited to travel and accommodation expenses only and which are: