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Looking for HSC English past papers to practice your skills and apply your knowledge? You’ve come to the right place.

Remember that successful English skills are developed through consistent reading, ongoing study practice, and a regular writing and feedback cycle. Doing past exam papers plays an important role in preparing you for your trials and final exams.

We’ve got the following HSC English past papers to help you: HSC Standard English, HSC Advanced English, HSC English Extension 1, and HSC English EAL

We’ve organised the past papers by course and year, naming the links as accurately as possible. If you find any errors, please let us know.

Sometimes, there is only a marking guide available, in others, the marking guide contains sample answers as well. The table usually shows each question and the criteria with each mark or mark range.



3 Tips to Help you Prepare for Your HSC English Exams

  • Don’t Memorise Unnecessarily. Don’t try to memorise thousand-word essays by heart. Only memorise quotations verbatim which support your arguments. Aim to find powerful, versatile quotes and commit them to memory by writing and saying them out loud.
  • Know What to Expect. Know the structure of all of your HSC English exams so there are no surprises when you get into the exam. Make sure you know how marks have been allocated in past exams. Doing this will ensure you can better use your time to focus on crafting the best answers rather than trying to understand the structure of the exam paper.
  • Practice Your Writing. HSC English exams are ultimately testing your ability to write clearly and succinctly within a time limit. The only way to get better at this is by completing past English papers and questions. This also assesses your ability to improvise under time constraints. Swap essays and exams with your friends. This will provide you with feedback about your own writing and you’re also likely to pick up ideas from the way others write too.



3 Tips to Help you Ace Your HSC English Exams

  • Answer the Question. Examiners are not interested in seeing if you can get everything down you know about a topic. They want to see whether you can adapt what you know to answer the question. Be strategic and only use what serves this purpose. Focus on the keywords and directions in front of you.
  • Write a Rough Essay Plan. A brief essay plan will provide focus and direction for your writing. This is the key to only including what matters. It will help you not to waste your time writing paragraphs that don’t substantiate your arguments.
  • Write Strong Introductions and Conclusions. Capture the interest of markers from your very first word and opening line so they want to read what you have written. Remember that the Introduction should always provide a clue about how you’re interpreting the question. Write a conclusion that confidently backs the perspectives you’ve presented, emphasizing why you’ve chosen the arguments you have.



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HSC Standard English


2019 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 1
2019 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 2
2019 HSC English Standard Guidelines 1
2019 HSC English Standard Guidelines 2

2018 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 1
2018 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 2
2018 HSC English Standard Guidelines 1
2018 HSC English Standard Guidelines 2

2017 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 1
2017 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 2
2017 HSC English Standard Guidelines 1
2017 HSC English Standard Guidelines 2
2017 HSC English Standard Sample Writing Booklet

2016 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 1
2016 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 2
2016 HSC English Standard Guidelines 1
2016 HSC English Standard Guidelines 2
2016 HSC English Standard Sample Writing Booklet

2015 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 1
2015 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 2
2015 HSC English Standard Guidelines 1
2015 HSC English Standard Guidelines 2

2014 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 1
2014 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 2
2014 HSC English Standard Guidelines 1
2014 HSC English Standard Guidelines 2
2014 HSC English Standard Sample Writing Booklet

2013 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 1
2013 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 2
2013 HSC English Standard Guidelines 1
2013 HSC English Standard Guidelines 2

2012 HSC English Standard Answers
2012 HSC English Standard Exam Paper
2012 HSC English Standard Guidelines 1
2012 HSC English Standard Guidelines 2

2011 HSC English Standard Answers
2011 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 1
2011 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 2
2011 HSC English Standard Guidelines 1
2011 HSC English Standard Guidelines 2

2010 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 1
2010 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 2
2010 HSC English Standard Guidelines

2009 HSC English Standard Answers
2009 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 1
2009 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 2
2009 HSC English Standard Guidelines

2007 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 1
2007 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 2
2007 HSC English Standard Notes

2006 HSC English Standard Exam Paper
2006 HSC English Standard Notes

2005 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 1
2005 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 2
2005 HSC English Standard Notes

2004 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 1
2004 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 2
2004 HSC English Standard Notes

2002 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 1
2002 HSC English Standard Exam Paper 2
2002 HSC English Standard Notes



HSC Advanced English



2019 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 1

2019 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 2
2019 HSC English Advanced Guideline 1
2019 HSC English Advanced Guideline 2

2018 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper
2018 HSC English Advanced Guideline 1
2018 HSC English Advanced Guideline 2

2017 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 1
2017 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 2
2017 HSC English Advanced Guideline 1
2017 HSC English Advanced Guideline 2
2017 HSC English Advanced Sample Writing Booklet

2016 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 1
2016 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 2
2016 HSC English Advanced Guideline 1
2016 HSC English Advanced Guideline 2
2016 HSC English Advanced Sample Writing Booklet

2015 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 1
2015 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 2
2015 HSC English Advanced Guideline 1
2015 HSC English Advanced Guideline 2

2014 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 1
2014 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 2
2014 HSC English Advanced Guideline 1
2014 HSC English Advanced Guideline 2
2014 HSC English Advanced Sample Writing Booklet

2013 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 1
2013 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 2
2013 HSC English Advanced Guideline 1
2013 HSC English Advanced Guideline 2

2012 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper
2012 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 1
2012 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 2
2012 HSC English Advanced Guideline 1
2012 HSC English Advanced Guideline 2
2012 HSC English Advanced Notes
2012 HSC English Advanced Sample Answers

2011 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 1
2011 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 2
2011 HSC English Advanced Guideline 1
2011 HSC English Advanced Guideline 2
2011 HSC English Advanced Sample Answers

2010 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 1
2010 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 2
2010 HSC English Advanced Guideline 1
2010 HSC English Advanced Guideline 2
2010 HSC English Advanced Sample Answers

2009 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 1
2009 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 2
2009 HSC English Advanced Guideline 1
2009 HSC English Advanced Guideline 2

2008 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 1
2008 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 2
2008 HSC English Advanced Notes

2007 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 1
2007 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 2
2007 HSC English Advanced Notes

2006 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 1
2006 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 2
2006 HSC English Advanced Notes

2005 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper
2005 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 1
2005 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 2
2005 HSC English Advanced Notes

2004 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 1
2004 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 2
2004 HSC English Advanced Notes

2003 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper
2003 HSC English Advanced Notes


2002 HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 2

2002 HSC English Advanced Notes



HSC English Extension 1



2019 HSC English Extension 1 Guidelines


2018 HSC English Extension 1 Exam Paper
2018 HSC English Extension 1 Guidelines

2017 HSC English Extension 1 Exam Paper
2017 HSC English Extension 1 Guidelines

2016 HSC English Extension 1 Exam Paper
2016 HSC English Extension 1 Guidelines

2015 HSC English Extension 1 Exam Paper
2015 HSC English Extension 1 Giudelines
2015 HSC English Extension 1 Sample Writing Booklet

2014 HSC English Extension 1 Exam Paper
2014 HSC English Extension 1 Guidelines

2013 HSC English Extension 1 Exam Paper
2013 HSC English Extension 1 Guidelines

2012 HSC English Extension 1 Exam Paper
2012 HSC English Extension 1 Guidelines
2012 HSC English Extension 1 Notes

2011 HSC English Extension 1 Exam Paper
2011 HSC English Extension 1 Guidelines

2010 HSC English Extension 1 Exam Paper
2010 HSC English Extension 1 Guidelines

2009 HSC English Extension 1 Exam Paper
2009 HSC English Extension 1 Guidelines

2008 HSC English Extension 1 Exam Paper
2008 HSC English Extension 1 Notes

2007 HSC English Extension 1 Exam Paper
2007 HSC English Extension 1 Notes

2006 HSC English Extension 1 Exam Paper
2006 HSC English Extension 1 Notes

2005 HSC English Extension 1 Exam Paper
2005 HSC English Extension 1 Notes

2004 HSC English Extension 1 Exam Paper
2004 HSC English Extension 1 Notes

2003 HSC English Extension 1 Exam Paper
2003 HSC English Extension 1 Notes

2002 HSC English Extension 1 Exam Paper
2002 HSC English Extension 1 Notes



HSC English EAL



2019 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 1

2019 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 2
2019 HSC English EAL/D Guidelines – Listening
2019 HSC English EAL/D Guidelines 1
2019 HSC English EAL/D Guidelines 2

2018 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper – Listening
2018 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 1
2018 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 2
2018 HSC English EAL/D Guidelines – Listening
2018 HSC English EAL/D Guidelines 1
2018 HSC English EAL/D Guidelines 2

2017 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper – Listening
2017 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 1
2017 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 2
2017 HSC English EAL/D Guidelines – Listening
2017 HSC English EAL/D Guidelines 1
2017 HSC English EAL/D Guidelines 2

2016 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper – Listening
2016 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 1
2016 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 2
2016 HSC English EAL/D Guidelines – Listening
2016 HSC English EAL/D Guidelines 1
2016 HSC English EAL/D Guidelines 2
2016 HSC English EAL/D Sample Wrting Booklet

2015 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper – Listening
2015 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 1
2015 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 2
2015 HSC English EAL/D Guideline – Listening
2015 HSC English EAL/D Guideline 1
2015 HSC English EAL/D Guideline 2

2014 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper
2014 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper – Listening
2014 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 1
2014 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 2
2014 HSC English EAL/D Guideline – Listening
2014 HSC English EAL/D Guideline 1
2014 HSC English EAL/D Guideline 2

2013 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper
2013 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 1
2013 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 2
2013 HSC English EAL/D Guidelines – Listening
2013 HSC English EAL/D Guidelines 1
2013 HSC English EAL/D Guidelines 2

2012 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper – Listening
2012 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 1
2012 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 2
2012 HSC English EAL/D Guidelines – Listening
2012 HSC English EAL/D Guidelines 1
2012 HSC English EAL/D Guidelines 2
2012 HSC English EAL/D Notes
2012 HSC English EAL/D Sample
2012 HSC English EAL/D Sample – Listening

2011 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper – Listening
2011 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 1
2011 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 2
2011 HSC English EAL/D Guidelines
2011 HSC English EAL/D Guidelines – Listening
2011 HSC English EAL/D Sample
2011 HSC English EAL/D Sample – Listening

2010 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper – Listening
2010 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 1
2010 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 2
2010 HSC English EAL/D Guidelines
2010 HSC English EAL/D Sample
2010 HSC English EAL/D Sample – Listening

2009 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 1
2009 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 2
2009 HSC English EAL/D Guidelines
2009 HSC English EAL/D Sample

2008 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper – Listening
2008 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 1
2008 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 2
2008 HSC English EAL/D Notes

2007 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper
2007 HSC English EAL/D Notes

2006 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper
2006 HSC English EAL/D Notes

2005 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper – Listening
2005 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 1
2005 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 2
2005 HSC English EAL/D Notes

2004 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper – Listening
2004 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 1
2004 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 2
2004 HSC English EAL/D Notes

2003 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper – Listening
2003 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 1
2003 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 2
2003 HSC English EAL/D Notes

2002 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper – Listening
2002 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 1
2002 HSC English EAL/D Exam Paper 2
2002 HSC English EAL/D Notes

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