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NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) Examination Papers 2015

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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 – A
Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines Notes from the Marking Centre
Aboriginal Studies Aboriginal Studies Exam Paper Aboriginal Studies Marking guidelines Aboriginal Studies Notes from the Marking Centre
Agriculture Agriculture Exam Paper Agriculture Marking guidelines Agriculture Notes from the Marking Centre
Ancient History Ancient History Exam Paper Ancient History Marking guidelines Ancient History Notes from the Marking Centre
Arabic Beginners

Arabic Beginners Exam Paper

Arabic Beginners Transcript

Arabic Beginners Transcript Audio (mp3)

Arabic Beginners Marking guidelines
Arabic Continuers

Arabic Continuers Exam Paper

Arabic Continuers Transcript

Arabic Continuers Transcript Audio (mp3)

Arabic Continuers Marking guidelines Arabic Continuers Notes from the Marking Centre
Arabic Extension

Arabic Extension Exam Paper

Arabic Extension Oral Exam Paper

Arabic Extension Marking guidelines Arabic Extension Notes from the Marking Centre
Armenian Continuers

Armenian Continuers Exam Paper

Armenian Continuers Transcript

Armenian Continuers Transcript Audio (mp3)

Armenian Continuers Marking guidelines Armenian Continuers Notes from the Marking Centre
Automotive

Automotive (Mechanical Technology) Exam Paper

Automotive (Vehicle Body) Exam Paper

Automotive (Mechanical Technology) Marking guidelines

Automotive (MVehicle Body) Marking guidelines

Automotive Notes from the Marking Centre
Subjects – B
Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines Notes from the Marking Centre
Biology Biology Exam Paper Biology Marking guidelines Biology Notes from the Marking Centre
Business Services Business Services Exam Paper Business Services Marking guidelines Business Services Notes from the Marking Centre
Business Studies Business Studies Exam Paper Business Studies Marking guidelines Business Studies Notes from the Marking Centre
Subjects – C
Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines 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 Notes from the Marking Centre
Subjects – D
Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines Notes from the Marking Centre
Dance

Dance Section I — Core Appreciation Exam Paper

Dance Section II — Major Study Appreciation 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 This 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
Subjects – E
Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines 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 Listening Paper Transcript Audio (mp3)

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 No Marking guidelines 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 Notes from the Marking Centre
Hindi Continuers

This 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

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

Hospitality (Food and Beverage) Exam Paper

Hospitality (Kitchen Operations and Cookery) Exam Paper

Hospitality (Food and Beverage) Marking guidelines

Hospitality (Kitchen Operations and Cookery) 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

This 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 – I
Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines 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 and Digital Technology – Digital Animation IDT – Digital Animation Exam Paper IDT – Digital Animation Marking guidelines IDT Notes from the Marking Centre
Information and Digital Technology – Networking and Hardware IDT – Networking and Hardware Exam Paper IDT – Networking and Hardware Marking guidelines IDT Notes from the Marking Centre
Information and Digital Technology – Web and Software Applications IDT – Web and Software Exam Paper IDT – Web and Software Marking guidelines IDT Notes from the Marking Centre
Information Processes and Technology IPT Exam Paper IPT Marking guidelines IPT 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 Notes from the Marking Centre
Khmer Continuers

This 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

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 Korean Continuers 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 – L
Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines Notes from the Marking Centre
Latin Continuers Latin Continuers Exam Paper Latin Continuers Marking guidelines Latin Continuers Notes from the Marking Centre
Latin Extension Latin Extension Exam Paper Latin Extension Marking guidelines Latin Extension Notes from the Marking Centre
Legal Studies Legal Studies Exam Paper Legal Studies Marking guidelines Legal Studies Notes from the Marking Centre
Subjects – M
Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines Notes from the Marking Centre
Macedonian Continuers

This 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

Malay Background Speakers This 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

This 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

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 2 Mathematics General 2 Exam Paper Mathematics General 2 Marking guidelines Mathematics General 2 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

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 Notes from the Marking Centre
Persian Background Speakers This 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) 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

This 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

Portuguese Continuers

This 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

Primary Industries Primary Industries Exam Paper Primary Industries Marking guidelines Primary Industries Notes from the Marking Centre
Subjects – R
Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines Notes from the Marking Centre
Retail Services Retail Services Exam Paper Retail Services Marking guidelines Retail Services Notes from the Marking Centre
Russian Continuers This 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
Subjects – S
Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines 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 Notes from the Marking Centre
Tamil Continuers

This 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

Textiles and Design Textiles and Design Exam Paper Textiles and Design Marking guidelines Textiles and Design Notes from the Marking Centre
Tourism, Travel and Events Tourism, Travel and Events Exam Paper Tourism, Travel and Events Marking guidelines Tourism, Travel and Events Notes from the Marking Centre
Turkish Continuers

This 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

Subjects – U
Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines 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
Subjects – V
Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines Notes from the Marking Centre
Vietnamese Continuers

Vietnamese Continuers Exam Paper

Vietnamese Continuers Transcript

Vietnamese Continuers Transcript Audio (mp3)

Vietnamese Continuers Marking guidelines Vietnamese Continuers Notes from the Marking Centre
Visual Arts Visual Arts Exam Paper Visual Arts Marking guidelines Visual Arts Notes from the Marking Centre
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