2021 Trial and Preliminary Science Exams for the NSW Syllabus.

Trial and Preliminary Course Science Exams

We are excited to be again able to offer papers for the new syllabuses which will both maintain our industry leading standard and reflect the change in focus towards skills and processes.

Our team of exam writers are Science teachers who have been heavily involved in preparing for the new syllabuses, both within their own schools and outside them.

The Preliminary Course exams will be 2-hour papers with 20 multiple choice questions and 55 marks of short answer questions.

The Trial exams will be 3-hour papers with 20 multiple choice questions and 80 marks of short answer questions.

Extension Science Trial Exam

Our 2019 and 2020 Extension Science Trial papers were very well received, and we will again be offering a Trial paper for the Extension Science Course.

It will be a 2-hour paper, with format and focus closely reflecting the NESA guidelines, the sample materials and the past HSC exam papers.

This paper will be provided in PDF and Word format, and schools can elect to provide it to their students as a paper exam or may make the modifications necessary to present it through the school intranet as a computer-based exam.

All our papers:

  • assess over the full range of performance.
  • are mapped to outcomes.
  • come with clear marking guidelines and sample answers.

Schools are free to modify or rebadge papers as they see fit, provided they observe the embargo period outlined below.

To order papers

Download the order form, fill it in, and

  • scan and email it to exam.choice@bigpond.com
  • or mail it to us at PO Box 71, Forestville, NSW, 2087.
  • Please note that we are no longer accepting orders by fax.


Papers will be delivered by email to schools on Day 1 of Term 3.
They are provided in both Word and PDF format.
Please provide two email addresses on the order form. Ensure that they are clearly written and that they are addresses which will be current in July.


Invoices are sent with the papers, GST will be charged on all orders.

Please note that 2021 prices remain the same as last year.

Embargo period

Papers can be used as exams at any time after delivery, but are not to be released to students, or used as study aids, before August 11th (Trials), or September 6th (Preliminary)