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Information regarding the HSC examination in Business Services from 2010

Decisions made by the Board of Studies in December 2008 have resulted in changes to some HSC examinations in 2010 and beyond.

In the Business Services HSC examination in 2010 and beyond:

  • Sections I and II will remain the same.
  • Section III has been replaced by Sections III and IV.
  • Section III will contain a compulsory extended response question, worth 15 marks, similar to those questions that have appeared in Section III in past VET HSC examinations. However, there will be one question for all students to answer, rather than a choice of one from three as in past years.
  • Section IV will contain a compulsory structured extended response question. The question will be broken into two or three parts, each with separate marking criteria. Parts may ask students to, for example, write in paragraphs, or complete a table, or mark diagrams, or other types of response applicable to the course. One of the parts will be worth at least 8 marks.

Sample VET structured extended response questions are being developed, and will be available on the Board's website during Term 4 2009.

A sample cover page for the 2010 Business Services HSC examination (PDF) has been prepared, to help illustrate the structure of the examination and the recommended time for each Section.

Working through past HSC examinations would be a valuable part of a student's preparation program for the 2010 HSC examination in this course. The nature, format and particular emphasis of questions may change from year to year. It is important that students read and respond to the questions in examinations rather than prepare a response to a preconceived idea of what the question will entail.

The Business Services HSC examination specifications now give guidance on the expected length of extended responses in Sections III and IV, stated in terms of the approximate number of pages of an examination writing booklet (based on average-sized handwriting) and/or an approximate number of words. Students may write less than or more than what is expected and they will not be penalised. Their responses will be marked on the structure and organisation of responses, the quality of the arguments and explanations, and the relevance of the content to the question asked. The Board also decided that rubrics be amended (where necessary) to ensure that due emphasis is placed on these qualities in the marking of responses.

More details about the HSC examination specifications are in Assessment and Reporting in Business Services Stage 6 (PDF 141KB) and the examinable outcomes and content are outlined in the Business Services Curriculum Framework Stage 6 Syllabus Part A (PDF 603KB).

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