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Information regarding the HSC examination in Geography 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 Geography HSC examination in 2010 and beyond:

  • there will be objective response questions to the value of 20 marks in Section I, rather than to the value of 15 marks as in past years
  • Section II will be worth 40 marks rather than 25 marks
  • Section III will be worth 40 marks rather than 60 marks, and students will choose to answer two of the three 20-mark extended response questions rather than all three as in past years.

Questions in the 2010 Geography HSC examination will contain the same range of item types as in the past, and the objectives, outcomes and content of this course have not changed. 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.

A sample cover page for the 2010 Geography HSC examination has been prepared to help illustrate the structure of the examination and the recommended time for each Section.

The Geography HSC examination specifications now give guidance on the expected length of extended responses, 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 examination, and information about assessment components and weightings are in Assessment and Reporting in Geography Stage 6. (PDF, 200 KB)

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