ONE down ... about six to go.
The first Higher School Certificate exam was sat by 75,000 students yesterday, 756 of them in Orange.
The first of two English tests went for two hours and year 12 students wrote until their hands cramped up and turned blue from ink.
“We’ve had some real stinkers but this one wasn’t too bad,” James Sheahan Catholic High School English coordinator Chris Hansen said.
He felt this exam was fair and if students tried hard throughout the year they should have done well.
James Sheahan’s 127 year 12 students filed out of the school hall just after 2pm yesterday with various looks of relief and concern, but, overall, they did not think it was too hard.
Mr Hansen said the 2013 year 12 class had coped well with the stress, with the odd exception.
The subject was belonging and students had to relate the subject to the prescribed text, which was Baz Lurhman’s Strictly Ballroom and Shakespeare’s As You Like It.
Orange High School student Lachlan Jensen was pleased with his efforts, though he was pain from hand cramps.
“The anticipation was worse than the actual thing,” he said.
Lachlan said after completing the first exam he felt a lot better about the rest of them.
To get a university admission mark, students have to complete a minimum of 10 units.
Each subject is generally worth two units with a few worth one, so most students study five or six subjects.
Tomorrow’s paper is the second English paper, which splits the cohort up into advanced and standard classes.