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Information regarding the HSC examination in Society and Culture 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 Society and Culture HSC examination in 2010 and beyond:

  • there will be short answer and objective response questions to the value of 20 marks in Section I, including 8 objective response questions
  • there will be four questions in parts in Section II, one for each Depth Study. Students answer a question on one of their chosen Depth Studies
  • there will be four extended response questions in Section III, one for each Depth Study. Students answer a question on one of their chosen Depth Studies
  • the questions a student answers in Sections II and III must be based on different Depth Studies
  • There have been several changes to the Personal Interest Project:
    • The Personal Interest Project is now worth 40% of the Society and Culture HSC examination mark.
    • The word ranges have been revised, with the range for the central material now being between 2500–4000 words.
    • 'Continuity and/or change' has been included in the marking criteria.

A Specimen 2010 Society and Culture HSC written examination is available.

The Society and Culture 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 Society and Culture Stage 6.

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