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NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) Examination Papers 2009

The format and specifications of many HSC examination papers have changed for 2010.
Please refer to the HSC Syllabuses webpage to view the latest documentation.

Subject Examination Paper Marking guidelines (what are these?) and sample answers (what are these?) Notes from the Marking Centre
Aboriginal Studies Examination Paper (PDF – 18 pages – 201 KB) Notes from the Marking Centre
Agriculture Examination Paper 1 and 2 (PDF – 20 pages – 304 KB) Notes from the Marking Centre
Ancient History

Examination Paper (PDF – 28 pages – 790 KB)

2010 Specimen Section I Ancient History Examination

Notes from the Marking Centre
Arabic Continuers Examination Paper (PDF – 27 pages – 279 KB) Notes from the Marking Centre
Arabic Extension Examination Paper (PDF – 14 pages – 135 KB)
Armenian Continuers Examination Paper (PDF – 35 pages – 196 KB) Notes from the Marking Centre
Automotive

Examination Paper (PDF – 18 pages – 299 KB)

2010 Sample Questions for VET Examinations

Notes from the Marking Centre
Biology Examination Paper (PDF – 34 pages – 287 KB) Notes from the Marking Centre
Business Services

Examination Paper (PDF – 18 pages – 86 KB)

2010 Sample Questions for VET Examinations

Notes from the Marking Centre
Business Studies Examination Paper (PDF – 20 pages – 132 KB) Notes from the Marking Centre
Chemistry Examination Paper (PDF – 38 pages – 209 KB) Notes from the Marking Centre
Chinese Background Speakers Examination Paper (PDF – 27 pages – 762 KB) Notes from the Marking Centre
Chinese Beginners Examination Paper (PDF – 25 pages – 545 KB) Notes from the Marking Centre
Chinese Continuers Examination Paper (PDF – 22 pages – 360 KB)
Chinese Extension Examination Paper (PDF – 14 pages – 188 KB)
Classical Greek Continuers

Examination Paper (PDF – 12 pages – 108 KB)

2010 Specimen Examination Paper Classical Greek Continuers

Notes from the Marking Centre
Classical Greek Extension

Examination Paper (PDF – 8 pages – 78 KB)

2010 Specimen Examination Paper Classical Greek Extension

Classical Hebrew Continuers

Examination Paper (PDF – 16 pages – 112 KB)

2010 Sample Examination Questions Classical Hebrew Continuers

Notes from the Marking Centre
Classical Hebrew Extension

Examination Paper (PDF – 8 pages – 311 KB)

2010 Sample Examination Questions Classical Hebrew Extension

Community and Family Studies

Examination Paper (PDF – 8 pages – 123 KB)

2010 Sample Examination Questions Community and Family Studies

Notes from the Marking Centre
Construction

Examination Paper (PDF – 18 pages – 143 KB)

2010 Sample Questions for VET Examinations

Notes from the Marking Centre
Croatian Continuers Examination Paper (PDF – 33 pages – 312 KB) Notes from the Marking Centre
Dance Examination Paper (PDF – 32 pages – 197 KB) Notes from the Marking Centre
Design and Technology Examination Paper (PDF – 10 pages – 80 KB) Notes from the Marking Centre
Drama Examination Paper (PDF – 8 pages – 53 KB) Notes from the Marking Centre
Dutch 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 NSW website to a website not maintained by the Board of Studies NSW.
www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/vce/studies/lote/dutch/exams.html

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. The information in the marking guidelines is further supplemented as required by the Supervisor of Marking and the senior markers at the marking centre.

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.

Sample Answers

For some examinations (and some questions), the examination committee 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 advice to the Supervisor of Marking about the nature and scope of the responses expected of students.

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