Navigating the NESA website to find past papers can be a major pain, so here’s a quick and easy list of HSC English Past Papers for Standard, Advanced and Extension 1 English!

Not all of the years have marking guidelines unfortunately, and some of the older papers include questions on topics/content no longer covered, but they’re still useful.

Going over past questions can help you figure out what kind of questions you may be asked in the HSC and how to deconstruct them!

They’re also the best way of practising your essay writing skills as well as short answer style questions!

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get practicing!

HSC Standard and Advanced English Paper 1

HSC English Paper 1HSC English Paper 1 Marking Guidelines
2019 Exam PaperN/A
2018 Exam Paper2018 Marking Guidelines
2017 Exam Paper2017 Marking Guidelines
2016 Exam Paper2016 Marking Guidelines
2015 Exam Paper2015 Marking Guidelines
2014 Exam Paper2014 Marking Guidelines
2013 Exam Paper2013 Marking Guidelines
2012 Exam Paper2012 Marking Guidelines
2011 Exam Paper2011 Marking Guidelines
2010 Exam Paper2010 Marking Guidelines
2009 Exam Paper2009 Marking Guidelines

HSC Standard English Paper 2

Before diving in, if you wanted a quick recap of how to write a Band 6 essay, check out our article on writing one here!

HSC English Standard Exam Paper 2HSC English Standard Marking Guidelines Paper 2
2019 Exam PaperN/A
2018 HSC Exam Paper 2018 Marking Guidelines
2017 HSC Exam Paper2017 Marking Guidelines
2016 HSC Exam Paper2016 Marking Guidelines
2015 HSC Exam Paper2015 Marking Guidelines
2014 HSC Exam Paper2014 Marking Guidelines
2013 HSC Exam Paper2013 Marking Guidelines
2012 HSC Exam Paper2012 Marking Guidelines
2011 HSC Exam Paper2011 Marking Guidelines
2010 HSC Exam Paper2010 Marking Guidelines
2009 HSC Exam Paper2009 Marking Guidelines

HSC Advanced English Paper 2

If you wanted to recap how to write a strong Band 6 essay before starting any practice questions, have a read over our guide here!

HSC English Advanced Exam Paper 2 HSC English Advanced Marking Guidelines Paper 2
2019 Exam Paper N/A
2018 Exam Paper2018 Marking Guidelines
2017 Exam Paper2017 Marking Guidelines
2016 Exam Paper2016 Marking Guidelines
2015 Exam Paper2015 Marking Guidelines
2014 Exam Paper2014 Marking Guidelines
2013 Exam Paper2013 Marking Guidelines
2012 Exam Paper2012 Marking Guidelines
2011 Exam Paper2011 Marking Guidelines
2010 Exam Paper2010 Marking Guidelines
2009 Exam Paper2009 Marking Guidelines

HSC English Extension 1 Papers

HSC English Extension 1 Exam PaperHSC English Extension 1 Marking Guidelines
2018 Exam Paper2018 Marking Guidelines
2017 Exam Paper2017 Marking Guidelines
2016 Exam Paper2016 Marking Guidelines
2015 Exam Paper2015 Marking Guidelines
2014 Exam Paper2014 Marking Guidelines
2013 Exam Paper2013 Marking Guidelines
2012 Exam Paper2012 Marking Guidelines
2011 Exam Paper2011 Marking Guidelines
2010 Exam Paper2010 Marking Guidelines
2009 Exam Paper2009 Marking Guidelines

And that wraps up our master list of HSC English papers for Standard, Advanced and Extension 1 English! Good luck!


Maddison Leach completed her HSC in 2014, achieving an ATAR of 98.00 and Band 6 in all her subjects. Having tutored privately for two years before joining Art of Smart, she enjoys helping students through the academic and other aspects of school life, even though it sometimes makes her feel old. Maddison has had a passion for writing since her early teens, having had several short stories published before joining the world of blogging. She’s currently studying a Bachelor of Design at the University of Technology Sydney and spends most of her time trying not to get caught sketching people on trains.