Information regarding the HSC examination in Visual Arts 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 Visual Arts HSC examination in 2010 and beyond:
- Section I will consist of three short-answer questions (instead of the current one question with three parts) and one question or part will be worth from 10 to 15 marks
- Section II will contain six extended response questions (instead of the current nine), two on each of practice, the conceptual framework and frames, from which students will attempt one question
- there are no changes to the Visual Arts Body of Work.
Questions in the 2010 Visual Arts 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.
The Visual Arts 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 Visual Arts Stage 6. (PDF, 247 KB)