Each school will conduct assessments differently; however there are some prescriptions from the syllabus which regulate how students can be assessed.
For both standard and advanced English, listening, speaking, and viewing/representing assessments will account for 15% each of your total assessment. This means you may have a listening task, a speaking task and a viewing and representing task throughout the year that will be worth 15% each. Reading is worth 25% of your total assessment, and writing 30%. This means that 50% of your assessment will be either reading comprehension or writing tasks, so you will need to spend some time refining these skills. Additionally, the HSC Exam directly targets only the reading and writing components, so if you struggle in these areas it will be beneficial to practice reading and writing tasks as often as you can before the HSC.