After 12 months of intensive study, nervous students will sit their first written HSC exams on Monday.
The exams will start with the first of two standard and advanced English papers.
English is the only compulsory HSC subject and the second English exam will be held on Tuesday.
Other exams being sat on Monday include English (ESL), music 1 – aural skills and music 2 – musicology and aural skills.
Among those who will undertake the advanced English exams are Orange High School captains Tori Writer and Hugh Duffield who spoke to the Central Western Daily on Friday ahead of a weekend of study.
“We are at the point now where it’s just practice now and applying it to HSC questions,” Hugh said.
Following a year of preparation and a few weeks of intense preparation, both students said they planned to make English a priority for the study on the weekend.
Although Tori said she’d also go over her PDHPE work, ahead of that subject’s exam on Thursday.
“English is Hugh’s thing whereas I’m a bit nervous,” Tori said.
“It’s different to the other subjects because there’s no set type of topic,” Hugh said.
There were also only two years of past papers the students could use in their practice sessions because the current discovery theme was first introduced in 2015.
They said last year had a hard question while the previous year had “the perfect question”.
For Hugh the biggest challenge will be two exams on Monday, October 30 when he will sit a physics exam at 9.25am followed by an extension English exam at 1.55pm.
“I’ll be heading straight to the library [after physics],” he said.
He’s also expecting the physics exam to be particularly challenging because this is the last year of the current syllabus.
He said it’s been taught in a similar way for about 20 years.