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Information regarding the HSC examinations in Languages Extension from 2010

Applies to the Extension courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek and Spanish.

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

In the Languages Extension HSC examinations in 2010 and beyond:

  • there are no changes in Section I.
  • In Section II, there will be a choice of two tasks, as is currently the case. However, the tasks will both require the same text type
  • in the Oral examination, instead of answering two questions from a choice of three, there will be one question from a choice of two. The length of the response for this single question will be three minutes rather than two minutes for each of the two questions which is currently the case.

Questions in the 2010 Languages Extension HSC written examinations will contain the same range of item types as in the past. 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.

The Board also decided that rubrics be amended (where necessary) to ensure that, in the marking of responses, due emphasis is placed on the structure and organisation of responses, the quality of the arguments and explanations, and the relevance of the content to the question asked.

More details about the examinations, and information about assessment components and weightings are in Assessment and Reporting in Languages Extension Stage 6 (PDF).

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