=== Rendah dan Menengah ===
The NSW school system comprises a kindergarten to year twelve system with primary schooling up to year 6 and secondary schooling between year 7 and 12. Within these to sets of schooling are various stages. Stage 1 includes years 1 and 2 (Kindergarten is Early Stage 1, and is considered separate in terms of curriculum planning). Stage 2 incorporates years 3 and 4. This cycle continues until it reaches stage 6 and ends with the [[Higher School Certificate]] (HSC) in year 12.
Schooling is compulsory until age 15.<ref>[http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/ea1990104/s22.html Education Act 1990 (NSW), Section 22]</ref> However, almost all students remain at school until completion of the [[ School Certificate]] at the end of Year 10.
School Certificate ====
The [[ School Certificate]] is awarded by the [[Board of Studies]] to students at the end of Year 10. The Certificate is issued by the Board following completion of a Board-approved course of study and completion of the external tests.
The Board administers five external tests in English-literacy, Mathematics, Science, Australian History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship. The tests have no pass or fail but are designed to grade a student on their ability. The results of this test are categorised into bands 1 through to 6 with band 1 as the lowest and band 6 as the highest.<ref>[http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/schoolcertificate/sc_intro.html Introduction to the School Certificate - Board of Studies NSW]</ref>