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Thursday, 25 Feb 2016

Instruction about showing working in HSC examinations

BOSTES 19/16

Who needs to read this notice:
HSC coordinators
Curriculum coordinators
All subject teachers

Students should always show their working in HSC examination questions that require calculations. This way the student can demonstrate to the marker that he/she has understood the process to be followed, and the marker may be able to award some marks even if the final answer is incorrect. If a student gives just a final answer that is incorrect to a question that is worth more than one mark, the student can only be awarded zero for the question.

To remind students about showing their working in their answers, the instruction Show all relevant working in questions involving calculations will be included in the following HSC examinations from the 2016 HSC examinations:

  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Biology
  • Business Services
  • Construction
  • Electrotechnology
  • Engineering Studies
  • Financial Services
  • Geography
  • Industrial Technology
  • Metal and Engineering
  • Primary Industries
  • Retail Services
  • Tourism, Travel and Events

The instruction will appear at the beginning of the Section or Part of the examination where such questions may be located.

[Please note: instructions to show working already appear in the BOSTES Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry examinations.]

For more information, contact:
Tracey McIntosh
Acting Manager, Examining and Testing
(02) 9367 8233