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Information regarding the HSC examination in Studies of Religion II 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 Studies of Religion II HSC examination in 2010 and beyond:

  • the constraints that ‘no part is worth more than 6 marks’ and that the parts be ‘non dependent’ have been removed from the short-answer questions in Section II.

Questions in the 2010 Studies of Religion II 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 the HSC examinations for 2008 and 2009 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 Studies of Religion II 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 Studies of Religion II Stage 6.

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