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NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) Examination Papers 2013

2013 HSC Examination Papers are being published progressively

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Marking guidelines

Marking guidelines are developed by the examination committee, and are used at the marking centre in marking student responses. For each question, the marking guidelines are contained in a table showing the criteria associated with each mark or mark range.

For some examinations (and some questions), the examination committee also develops ‘sample answers’ or ‘Answers may include’. The committee does this:

  1. as part of the development of the examination paper to ensure that the questions will effectively assess students’ knowledge and skills, and
  2. in order to provide some guidance to the Supervisor of Marking about the nature and scope of the responses expected of students.

How sample answers are used at marking centres varies. Sample answers may be used extensively and even modified at the marking centre or they may be considered only briefly at the beginning of marking. In a few cases, the sample answers are not intended to be exemplary or even complete answers or responses.

A copy of the mapping grid, which maps each question in the examination to course outcomes and content as detailed in the syllabus, is also included.

Subjects – C
Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines (what are these?) and sample answers (what are these?) Notes from the Marking Centre
Chemistry Chemistry Exam Paper

Chemistry Marking guidelines

Chemistry Notes from the Marking Centre
Chinese Background Speakers

Chinese Background Speakers Exam Paper

Chinese Background Speakers Transcript

Chinese Background Speakers Transcript Audio (mp3)

Chinese Background Speakers Marking guidelines

Chinese Background Speakers Notes from the Marking Centre
Chinese Beginners

Chinese Beginners Exam Paper

Chinese Beginners Transcript

Chinese Beginners Transcript Audio (mp3)

Chinese Beginners Marking guidelines

Chinese Beginners Notes from the Marking Centre
Chinese Continuers

Chinese Continuers Exam Paper

Chinese Continuers Transcript

Chinese Continuers Transcript Audio (mp3)

Chinese Continuers Marking guidelines

Chinese Continuers Notes from the Marking Centre
Chinese Extension

Chinese Extension Exam Paper

Chinese Extension Oral Exam Paper

Chinese Extension Marking guidelines

Chinese Extension Notes from the Marking Centre
Chinese Heritage (Mandarin)

Heritage Chinese (Mandarin) Exam Paper

Heritage Chinese (Mandarin) Transcript

Heritage Chinese (Mandarin) Transcript Audio (mp3)

Heritage Chinese (Mandarin) Marking guidelines

Heritage Chinese (Mandarin) Notes from the Marking Centre
Classical Greek Continuers Classical Greek Continuers Exam Paper

Classical Greek Continuers Marking guidelines

Classical Greek Continuers Notes from the Marking Centre
Classical Greek Extension Classical Greek Extension Exam Paper

Classical Greek Extension Marking guidelines

Classical Greek Extension Notes from the Marking Centre
Classical Hebrew Continuers Classical Hebrew Continuers Exam Paper

Classical Hebrew Continuers Marking guidelines

Classical Hebrew Continuers Notes from the Marking Centre
Classical Hebrew Extension Classical Hebrew Extension Exam Paper

Classical Hebrew Extension Marking guidelines

Classical Hebrew Extension Notes from the Marking Centre
Community and Family Studies CAFS Exam Paper

CAFS Marking guidelines

CAFS Notes from the Marking Centre
Construction Construction Exam Paper

Construction Marking guidelines

Construction Notes from the Marking Centre
Croatian Continuers

Croatian Continuers Exam Paper

Croatian Continuers Transcript

Croatian Continuers Transcript Audio (mp3)

Croatian Continuers Marking guidelines

Croatian Continuers from the Marking Centre
Subjects – D
Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines (what are these?) and sample answers (what are these?) Notes from the Marking Centre
Dance Dance Exam Paper

Dance Marking guidelines

Dance Notes from the Marking Centre
Design and Technology Design and Technology Exam Paper

Design and Technology Marking guidelines

Design and Technology Notes from the Marking Centre
Drama Drama Exam Paper Drama Marking guidelines Drama Notes from the Marking Centre
Dutch Continuers The following HSC Examination paper is not available on this website but may be located on the website listed below. Please note the following link will take you outside the BOSTES website to a website not maintained by BOSTES.
Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
Subjects – E
Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines (what are these?) and sample answers (what are these?) Notes from the Marking Centre
Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science Exam Paper

Earth and Environmental Science Marking guidelines

Earth and Environmental Science Notes from the Marking Centre
Economics Economics Exam Paper

Economics Marking guidelines

Economics Notes from the Marking Centre
Electrotechnology Electrotechnology Exam Paper

Electrotechnology Marking guidelines

Electrotechnology Notes from the Marking Centre
Engineering Studies Engineering Studies Exam Paper

Engineering Studies Marking guidelines

Engineering Studies Notes from the Marking Centre
English (Standard and Advanced)

English (Standard and Advanced) Exam Paper 1

English (Standard) Exam Paper 2

English (Advanced) Exam Paper 2

English (Standard and Advanced) Marking guidelines Paper 1

English (Standard) Marking guidelines Paper 2

English (Advanced) Marking guidelines Paper 2

English (Standard and Advanced) Notes from the Marking Centre
English (ESL)

English (ESL) Exam Paper 1

English (ESL) Exam Paper 2

English (ESL) Listening Paper

English (ESL) Marking guidelines Paper 1

English (ESL) Marking guidelines Paper 2

English (ESL) Marking guidelines Listening Paper

English (ESL) Notes from the Marking Centre
English Extension 1 English Extension 1 Exam Paper English Extension 1 Marking guidelines English Extension 1 Notes from the Marking Centre
English Extension 2 No Exam Paper   English Extension 2 Notes from the Marking Centre
Entertainment Industry Entertainment Industry Exam Paper

Entertainment Industry Marking guidelines

Entertainment Industry Notes from the Marking Centre
Subjects – H
Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines (what are these?) and sample answers (what are these?) Notes from the Marking Centre
Hindi Continuers

The following HSC Examination paper is not available on this website but may be located on the website listed below. Please note the following link will take you outside the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) website to a website not maintained by BOSTES: Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Feedback is available on the performance of NSW students in the oral examinations.

History Extension History Extension Exam Paper History Extension Marking guidelines History Extension Notes from the Marking Centre
Hospitality Hospitality Exam Paper

Hospitality Marking guidelines

Hospitality Notes from the Marking Centre
Human Services Human Services Exam Paper

Human Services Marking guidelines

Human Services Notes from the Marking Centre
Hungarian Continuers

The following HSC Examination paper is not available on this website but may be located on the website listed below. Please note the following link will take you outside the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) website to a website not maintained by BOSTES: South Australian Certificate of Education

Feedback is available on the performance of NSW students in the oral examinations.

Subjects – I
Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines (what are these?) and sample answers (what are these?) Notes from the Marking Centre
Indonesian Background Speakers

Indonesian Background Speakers Exam Paper

Indonesian Background Speakers Transcript

Indonesian Background Speakers Audio (mp3)

Indonesian Background Speakers Marking guidelines

Indonesian Background Speakers Notes from the Marking Centre
Indonesian Beginners

Indonesian Beginners Exam Paper

Indonesian Beginners Transcript

Indonesian Beginners Transcript Audio (mp3)

Indonesian Beginners Marking guidelines

Indonesian Beginners Notes from the Marking Centre
Indonesian Continuers

Indonesian Continuers Exam Paper

Indonesian Continuers Transcript

Indonesian Continuers Audio (mp3)

Indonesian Continuers Marking guidelines

Indonesian Continuers Notes from the Marking Centre
Indonesian Extension

Indonesian Extension Exam Paper

Indonesian Extension Oral Exam Paper

Indonesian Extension Marking guidelines

Indonesian Extension Notes from the Marking Centre
Indonesian Heritage

Heritage Indonesian Exam Paper

Heritage Indonesian Transcript

Heritage Indonesian Audio (mp3)

Heritage Indonesian Marking guidelines

Heritage Indonesian Notes from the Marking Centre
Industrial Technology – Automotive Technologies Industrial Technology – Automotive Exam Paper

Industrial Technology – Automotive Marking guidelines

Industrial Technology Notes from the Marking Centre
Industrial Technology – Electronics Technologies Industrial Technology – Electronics Exam Paper

Industrial Technology – Electronics Marking guidelines

Industrial Technology – Graphics Technologies Industrial Technology – Graphics Exam Paper

Industrial Technology – Graphics Marking guidelines

Industrial Technology – Metal and Engineering Technologies Industrial Technology – Metal and Engineering Exam Paper

Industrial Technology – Metal and Engineering Marking guidelines

Industrial Technology – Multimedia Technologies Industrial Technology – Multimedia Exam Paper

Industrial Technology – Multimedia Marking guidelines

Industrial Technology – Timber Products and Furniture Technologies Industrial Technology – Timber Exam Paper

Industrial Technology – Timber Marking guidelines

Information Processes and Technology IPT Exam Paper

IPT Marking guidelines

IPT Notes from the Marking Centre
Information Technology Information Technology Exam Paper

Information Technology Marking guidelines

Information Technology Notes from the Marking Centre
Italian Beginners

Italian Beginners Exam Paper

Italian Beginners Transcript

Italian Beginners Transcript Audio (mp3)

Italian Beginners Marking guidelines

Italian Beginners Notes from the Marking Centre
Italian Continuers

Italian Continuers Exam Paper

Italian Continuers Transcript

Italian Continuers Transcript Audio (mp3)

Italian Continuers Marking guidelines

Italian Continuers Notes from the Marking Centre
Italian Extension

Italian Extension Exam Paper

Italian Extension Oral Exam Paper

Italian Extension Marking guidelines

Italian Extension Notes from the Marking Centre
Subjects – K
Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines (what are these?) and sample answers (what are these?) Notes from the Marking Centre
Khmer Continuers

The following HSC Examination paper is not available on this website but may be located on the website listed below. Please note the following link will take you outside the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) website to a website not maintained by BOSTES: South Australian Certificate of Education

Feedback is available on the performance of NSW students in the oral examinations.

Korean Background Speakers

Korean Background Speakers Exam Paper

Korean Background Speakers Transcript

Korean Background Speakers Transcript Audio (mp3)

Korean Background Speakers Marking guidelines

Korean Background Speakers Notes from the Marking Centre
Korean Continuers

Korean Continuers Exam Paper

Korean Continuers Transcript

Korean Continuers Transcript Audio (mp3)

Korean Continuers Marking guidelines

No Notes from the Marking Centre
Heritage Korean

Heritage Korean Exam Paper

Heritage Korean Transcript

Heritage Korean Transcript Audio (mp3)

Heritage Korean Marking guidelines

Heritage Korean Notes from the Marking Centre
Subjects – M
Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines (what are these?) and sample answers (what are these?) Notes from the Marking Centre
Macedonian Continuers

The following HSC Examination paper is not available on this website but may be located on the website listed below. Please note the following link will take you outside the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) website to a website not maintained by BOSTES: Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Feedback is available on the performance of NSW students in the oral examinations.

Malay Background Speakers The following HSC Examination paper is not available on this website but may be located on the website listed below. Please note the following link will take you outside the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) website to a website not maintained by BOSTES.
South Australian Certificate of Education
Maltese Continuers

The following HSC Examination paper is not available on this website but may be located on the website listed below. Please note the following link will take you outside the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) website to a website not maintained by BOSTES: Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Feedback is available on the performance of NSW students in the oral examinations.

Mathematics Mathematics Exam Paper

Mathematics Marking guidelines

Mathematics Notes from the Marking Centre
Mathematics Extension 1 Mathematics Extension 1 Exam Paper Mathematics Extension 1 Marking guidelines Mathematics Extension 1 Notes from the Marking Centre
Mathematics Extension 2 Mathematics Extension 2 Exam Paper

Mathematics Extension 2 Marking guidelines

Mathematics Extension 2 Notes from the Marking Centre
Mathematics (General) Mathematics (General) Exam Paper

General Mathematics Marking guidelines

General Mathematics Notes from the Marking Centre
Metal and Engineering Metal and Engineering Exam Paper

Metal and Engineering Marking guidelines

Metal and Engineering Notes from the Marking Centre
Modern Greek Beginners

Modern Greek Beginners Exam Paper

Modern Greek Beginners Transcript

Modern Greek Beginners Transcript Audio (mp3)

Modern Greek Beginners Marking guidelines

Modern Greek Beginners Notes from the Marking Centre
Modern Greek Continuers

Modern Greek Continuers Exam Paper

Modern Greek Continuers Transcript

Modern Greek Continuers Transcript Audio (mp3)

Modern Greek Continuers Marking guidelines

Modern Greek Continuers Notes from the Marking Centre
Modern Greek Extension

Modern Greek Extension Exam Paper

Modern Greek Extension Oral Exam Paper

Modern Greek Extension Marking guidelines

Modern Greek Extension Notes from the Marking Centre
Modern Hebrew Continuers

Modern Hebrew Continuers Exam Paper

Modern Hebrew Continuers Transcript Audio (mp3)

Modern Hebrew Continuers Marking guidelines

Modern Hebrew Continuers Notes from the Marking Centre
Modern History Modern History Exam Paper

Modern History Marking guidelines

Modern History Notes from the Marking Centre
Music 1 Music 1 Exam Paper

Music 1 Marking guidelines

Music 1 Notes from the Marking Centre
Music 2 Music 2 Exam Paper

Music 2 Marking guidelines

Music 2 Notes from the Marking Centre
Subjects – P
Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines (what are these?) and sample answers (what are these?) Notes from the Marking Centre
Persian Background Speakers The following HSC Examination paper is not available on this website but may be located on the website listed below. Please note the following link will take you outside the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) website to a website not maintained by BOSTES.
South Australian Certificate of Education
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education PDHPE Exam Paper

PDHPE Marking guidelines

PDHPE Notes from the Marking Centre
Physics Physics Exam Paper

Physics Marking guidelines

Physics Notes from the Marking Centre
Polish Continuers

The following HSC Examination paper is not available on this website but may be located on the website listed below. Please note the following link will take you outside the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) website to a website not maintained by BOSTES: South Australian Certificate of Education

Feedback is available on the performance of NSW students in the oral examinations.

Portuguese Continuers

The following HSC Examination paper is not available on this website but may be located on the website listed below. Please note the following link will take you outside the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) website to a website not maintained by BOSTES: Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Feedback is available on the performance of NSW students in the oral examinations.

Primary Industries Primary Industries Exam Paper

Primary Industries Marking guidelines

Primary Industries Notes from the Marking Centre
Subjects – R
Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines (what are these?) and sample answers (what are these?) Notes from the Marking Centre
Retail Services Retail Services Exam Paper

Retail Services Marking guidelines

Retail Services Notes from the Marking Centre
Russian Background Speakers The following HSC Examination paper is not available on this website but may be located on the website listed below. Please note the following link will take you outside the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) website to a website not maintained by BOSTES.
South Australian Certificate of Education
Subjects – S
Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines (what are these?) and sample answers (what are these?) Notes from the Marking Centre
Senior Science Senior Science Exam Paper

Senior Science Marking guidelines

Senior Science Notes from the Marking Centre
Serbian Continuers

Serbian Continuers Exam Paper

Serbian Continuers Transcript

Serbian Continuers Transcript Audio (mp3)

Serbian Continuers Marking guidelines

Serbian Continuers Notes from the Marking Centre
Society and Culture Society and Culture Exam Paper

Society and Culture Marking guidelines

Society and Culture Notes from the Marking Centre
Software Design and Development Software Design and Development Exam Paper

Software Design and Development Marking guidelines

Software Design and Development Notes from the Marking Centre
Spanish Beginners

Spanish Beginners Exam Paper

Spanish Beginners Transcript

Spanish Beginners Transcript Audio (mp3)

Spanish Beginners Marking guidelines

Spanish Beginners Notes from the Marking Centre
Spanish Continuers

Spanish Continuers Exam Paper

Spanish Continuers Transcript

Spanish Continuers Transcript Audio (mp3)

Spanish Continuers Marking guidelines

Spanish Continuers Notes from the Marking Centre
Spanish Extension

Spanish Extension Exam Paper

Spanish Extension Oral Exam Paper

Spanish Extension Marking guidelines

Spanish Extension Notes from the Marking Centre
Studies of Religion I Studies of Religion I Exam Paper

Studies of Religion Marking guidelines

Studies of Religion Notes from the Marking Centre
Studies of Religion II Studies of Religion II Exam Paper
Swedish Continuers

Swedish Continuers Exam Paper

Swedish Continuers Transcript

Swedish Continuers Transcript Audio (mp3)

Swedish Continuers Marking guidelines

Swedish Continuers Notes from the Marking Centre
Subjects – T
Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines (what are these?) and sample answers (what are these?) Notes from the Marking Centre
Tamil Continuers

The following HSC Examination paper is not available on this website but may be located on the website listed below. Please note the following link will take you outside the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) website to a website not maintained by BOSTES: Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Feedback is available on the performance of NSW students in the oral examinations.

Textiles and Design Textiles and Design Exam Paper

Textiles and Design Marking guidelines

Textiles and Design Notes from the Marking Centre
Tourism and Events Tourism and Events Exam Paper

Tourism and Events Marking guidelines

Tourism and Events Notes from the Marking Centre
Turkish Continuers

The following HSC Examination paper is not available on this website but may be located on the website listed below. Please note the following link will take you outside the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) website to a website not maintained by BOSTES: Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Feedback is available on the performance of NSW students in the oral examinations.

Subjects – U
Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines (what are these?) and sample answers (what are these?) Notes from the Marking Centre
Ukrainian Continuers

Ukrainian Continuers Exam Paper

Ukrainian Continuers Transcript

Ukrainian Continuers Transcript Audio (mp3)

Ukrainian Continuers Marking guidelines

Ukrainian Continuers Notes from the Marking Centre
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