Students on their marks
Monday, 17th October, 2011
By Erica Visser
The end of school is near for year 12 students who will begin to sit their Higher School Certificate exams today.
The exams, which count for 50 per cent of most subjects and determine university entrance scores, will take place over three weeks and finish on Friday, November 11.
Business studies students will start their three-hour exams today followed by English tomorrow.
Broken Hill High School captains Adam Armstrong and Hannah Brimstone said that they were looking forward to getting the exams over and done with.
They said that their most dreaded exam was two-unit mathematics.
Hannah and Adam said that they had been studying hard although they had not let the stress get to them too much.
“When I feel stressed I exercise. I’ll usually go for a jog,” Adam said.
He said the nerves were starting to kick in but he was feeling pretty confident that he’ll get the University Admissions Index he needs.
“I’m hoping to get at least eighty-five to get into Human Movement,” Adam said.
Hannah is also hoping to score well into the 80s in order to be offered a place in psychology at either Flinders or Adelaide universities.
Adam said that the subjects that he hoped would get him there were Modern History and Physical Education. Hannah was depending on good scores in Community and Family Studies and Art.
While the HSC is a difficult time for students, parents also get caught up in the stress.
Adam’s mother Vicki said that her household had not been too volatile but she could understand how parents could be stressed.
“Adam’s good, he’s very self-motivated and he knows what he has to do so I don’t worry,” she said.
The NSW Government has a webpage for parents that has information about the exams and tips for helping their children through it which can be found at http://hsc.csu.edu.au/for_parents/.