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Engineering Studies HSC Specimen Examination

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The 2013 HSC specimen paper has been produced in accordance with the Board’s Principles for Setting HSC Examinations in a Standards-Referenced Framework, published in Board Bulletin Volume 8 Number 9 (Nov/Dec 99).

Questions are closely related to the outcomes of the course, and the paper as a whole is structured to allow for appropriate differentiation of student performance at all levels on the performance scale.

The paper has been designed so that students have a clear understanding of what they are required to do in each question and in working through the paper. The questions are written to ensure that they are clear and accessible to all students, and allow students the opportunity to demonstrate what they know, understand and can do.

The specimen paper is one example of the type of examination that could be prepared within the examination specifications for the revised Engineering Studies syllabus. Examinations will be based on the syllabus, and will test a representative sample of syllabus outcomes. Therefore, the range and balance of outcomes tested in HSC Engineering Studies examinations may differ from those addressed in this specimen paper.

The mapping grid is an important feature of the development of the examination. It aids in ensuring that the examination as a whole, samples a range of content and outcomes, and allows all students the opportunity to demonstrate their level of achievement.

Marking guidelines are developed at the same time as the examination questions, and show the criteria to be applied to the responses, together with the marks to be awarded in line with the quality of the responses. For extended-response questions, performance is described at a number of levels, each covering a range of marks.

In considering the Engineering Studies specimen paper, it is important to note that the format of the specimen paper reflects the examination specifications. In subsequent examinations, the style and structure of the questions may differ from those in the specimen paper.

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