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2019 Year 12 English Advanced Practice Paper 1 | Free Download

How ready are you for Paper 1? Well, now you can test your knowledge with our new 2019 English Practice Paper 1 for the Higher School Certificate!

Here is our 2019 Year 12 English Advanced Practice Paper 1 for you to use to prepare for your HSC. One of the hardest parts of the HSC for many students is the first section of Paper 1 that contains the unseen texts.

Analysing texts you’ve never seen before is a challenging task at the best of times. Attempting it under time constraints while knowing the ramifications of making a mess of it makes it even more challenging.


So, how do you prepare for Paper 1?


The more you can practice answering questions about unseen texts under time constraints, the better you will perform in your HSC Trial Exam and in the HSC.

This is why we’ve put together this practice paper for you. Download it today and we’ll send you a marking guideline and some sample responses 24 hours later.


What are some strategies for tackling Paper 1?

Here are 5 must-dos for doing paper 1!

  1. Read the questions first
  2. Don’t just read, analyse
  3. Plan
  4. Get the marks in the bag
  5. Watch the clock! (AKA, Cut Your Losses)


Rule 1: Read the questions first

Before you read any of the unseen texts, read the questions.

Then read them again.

And again!

You need to know what you’re looking for first before you read them. You’ll waste time if you read and analyse the texts without really paying attention to the questions.


Rule 2: Don’t just read, analyse

In a Paper 1 exam, you’re time-poor! So, don’t waste time.

As you read, analyse the texts for what the questions are asking you. You want to have the answers to all the unseen questions roughed out in your head before the reading time is over.


Rule 3: Plan

Plan before you write!

Spending time planning will save you precious time when you write!

You’ve just read all the texts and analysed them. Take five minutes and make some notes.

Get those answers down on a blank page before you forget the information.

Planning at the start will help focus your thoughts and you’ll write better responses and guarantee a better result.


Rule 4: Get the marks in the bag!

Be tactical. You know a question is worth 7 marks out of 20, don’t leave it until last. Get those marks, first!

Guarantee a solid performance in the higher mark questions and hit up the lower mark questions last.

Remember it is always easier to get the first 50% of the marks on offer than the final 50%. So, make sure you attempt all the questions.

This means….


Rule 5: Watch the clock (AKA, Cut Your Losses!)

Time is of the essence for paper 1. You want to put 10 minutes out of the 90 aside for planning.

If you cut out the planning time for each section, you’ve 40 minutes for each.

That means each mark is worth 2 minutes of your time.

Pay attention to how much time you should spend on each question. That first 7 mark question? Don’t spend more than 14 minutes on it.

What do I do if I run out of time?

Stop! Move onto the next question!

Once your 40 minutes is up for section 1, stop the short answers and start the extended response!


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Are you ready?

Below are the questions for the Matrix HSC English Advanced Practice Paper 1. Download our paper for the unseen texts. We’ll send you the Marking Guidelines and response suggestions 24 hours later!

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Matrix HSC English Advanced Practice Paper 1 (September 2019)

Reading time – 10 minutes
Working time – 1 Hour and 30 Minutes


Section I

20 marks
Attempt Questions 1-4
Allow about 45 minutes for this section



Your answers will be assessed on how well you:

  • demonstrate understanding of human experiences in texts
  • analyse, explain and assess the ways human experiences are represented in texts


Examine Texts 1, 2, 3, and 4 on the following pages carefully and then answer the questions below.


Question 1

Use Text 1 to answer this question.

Discuss how the poster represents a paradox in the human experience.                           3


Question 2

Explain how Text 2 explores the persona’s personal experience of frustration.                   3


Question 3

Use Text 3 to answer this question.

Explain how different aspects of the protagonist’s experience of friendship are represented in this extract.        7


Question 4

Compare how Text 3 and Text 4 explore the challenges of belonging in the individual human experience.          7


Section II

20 marks
Attempt Question 5
Allow about 45 minutes for this section


Answer the question on the loose paper provided by your teacher.


Your answers will be assessed on how well you:

  • demonstrate understanding of human experiences in texts
  • analyse, explain and assess the ways human experiences are represented in texts
  • organise, develop and express ideas using language appropriate to audience, purpose and context



Question 5 (20 marks)


The power of literature lies in its ability to evoke deep feelings for us and to encourage our empathy for others.

Explore this statement with close reference to your prescribed text.


Download the Practice Paper and see how ready you are for your HSC

Download the paper and attempt the questions and we’ll send you the marking guidelines and sample responses in 24 hours.

Written by Matrix English Team

The Matrix English Team are tutors and teachers with a passion for English and a dedication to seeing Matrix Students achieving their academic goals.


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