HSC Results

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Each year, over 200 Sydney Boys High School students sit the Higher School Certificate (HSC). Since the new HSC commenced on average 75% of students score an ATAR/UAI of 90 or greater, and 18% score 99 or greater. In 2022, 148 students scored an ATAR of 90 or greater and 31 students scored an ATAR of 99 or greater. Students are normally surveyed for their ATARs at the annual school brunch in the last week of term 4 following the release of the ATARs. Students whose ATAR could not be collated are instead estimated from their actual HSC results, using a reliable estimator program.

ATAR/UAI Breakdown 2001-2022

Each year the Principal, Dr K Jaggar, gives a presentation on the results of the previous year. In 2023 this took place on 13 March.

The slideshow documents for this presentation is provided below:
HSC Results 2022 Presentation

A z-score calculation, which measures the standardised difference between the school's mean results from the state mean, is available for each course. In small candidature courses, the z-score can be very high. In some small courses it may vary significantly from year to year. In larger courses, this analysis shows particularly strong results in 2022 for Engineering Studies, Software Design and Development, Ancient History, Music courses 1 and 2, Business Studies, Visual Arts and Biology with z-scores of greater than 1 standard deviation:

Z-Score Course Rank 2022

Overall, the school's strength continues to be Mathematics. In 2022, Students achieved, on average, a score 11.32 marks above the state average in Mathematics, 8.51 marks above the state in Mathematics Extension 1 and 5.84 marks above the state in Mathematics Extension 2. The school is similarly strong in sciences, social sciences, history and industrial arts/technology. The school's English results in 2022 were above the 5 year trend, with an average result 4.46 marks above the state mean in English Advanced.

Subject HSC Results by Area (State vs School) 2001-2022
Subject ATAR/UAI Results by Area (State vs School) 2001-2022

From the introduction of the "New HSC" in 2001, the number of "Band 6" results - scores of over 90 in a subject, also known as the "Distinguished Achievers List" - increased steadily before levelling off. This has been reflected in the school with an initial increase of in excess of 80% in the number of Band 6/E4 scores since the introduction of the New HSC, but a subsequent plateau in line with the state results. In 2022, results matched this long-term trend, with the school attaining 540 Band 6/E4 results. This is down on 2021 in a year where the number Band 6/E4 awards statewide was down 5%. The 210 Sydney Boys High School students received 1.45% of the state's total Band 6 awards.

Growth of Band 6 Results 2001-2022

Broken down subject by subject, in numerical terms Sydney Boys High sees the majority of its Band 6 results in Mathematics and the Maths Extension subjects followed by English, Chemistry and Physics. Small candidature subjects can achieve high percentage band 6 results - languages, Music, History, Engineering Studies, and Software Design.

Band 6 Results by Subject 2013-2022

Each year students who score 90 or above in 10 or more units of study are placed on the HSC All-Round Achievers list. In the 2022 HSC 36 students placed on All-Round Achievers list: Syed Ahmend, Jarid Asad, Uc Biet Banh, Abishek Boomirajan, David Crainic, Adam Davies, Allen Fang, Xianzhi Jiang, Yonjun Kim, Matthew Kirkland, Aritra Kundu, Martin lee, Mithilesh Lekhi, Hugo Leung, Vince Li, Terence Lim, Eric Lin, Caden Ma, Duy Tu Ngo, Dean Nguyen, Eric Qin, Ilyaan Raza, Joshua Suto, Kai Tan, Lucas Tie, Don Rong Tran, Stan Tse, William Wibawa, Hay Yu Wu, Kevin Wu, Andy Xia, Steven Xu, Veraj Yadav, Jason Yan, Victor Yan, Ruiyu Zhang and .

The following students placed on the state Order of Merit with top 20 results in a subject: Stan Tse (3rd Mathematics Extension 1), Allen Fang (5th Music Course 1), Eric Qin (7th Mathematics Extension 1), Darshan Venkatesan (8th Mathetmatics Advanced), Nicholas Lee (10th Ancient History), Hugo Leung (10th Chemistry), Saarthak Aggarwal (11th Chemistry), Adison Chen (14th Chemistry), Hao Yu Wu (15th English Advanced, 19th Chemistry) and Ruiyu Zhang (20th Biology). Hao Yu Wu and Joshua Suto earned maximum ATARs of 99.95. Thirty-one students receive an ATAR of 99 or above.

Over 99% of Sydney High students go on to university education once they complete their HSC. In the 20221 entry, all students received a university offer. Popular courses for students include business and commerce courses, various combined law degrees, medical sciences and engineering, with a continued resurgence in Science and Computer Science and related courses. The breakdown of degree programs for the Class of 2022 (entering university in 2023) follows:

Degree Programs - 2013-2022

The general trend is for at least one third (and up to a half) of students to attend the University of New South Wales, another third attend the University of Sydney and the remainder are spread primarily to the University of Technology, Sydney and Macquarie University, but some attending other universities around the state, interstate and overseas. In 2020/2021 an overwhelming majority of Sydney Boys High School students chose to attend the University of New South Wales, followed distantly by the University of Sydney then the other metropolitan universities.

Destinations 2022 HSC 2021 HSC 2020 HSC 2019 HSC 2018 HSC 2017 HSC 2016 HSC 2015 HSC 2014 HSC 2013 HSC 2012 HSC Average
UNSW 147 157 149 132 137 147 127 145 124 117 126 138
Sydney 25 27 30 44 38 27 38 25 41 45 43 34
UTS 14 6 11 12 11 7 13 3 10 12 7 10
Macquarie 6 4 7 10 6 8 6 6 10 7 8 7
WSU 12 4 3 3 3 9 11 8 4 9 8 7
ANU 1 1 0 3 5 4 5 7 8 4 9 4
Other 4 6 10 9 9 3 5 11 8 10 8  
Total 210 205 210 215 209 205 205 205 205 200 209

The full table of student destinations between 1995 and 2022 (entering university between 1996 and 2023) is also available:
Student Destinations 1995-2022