In Year 12, it is important to be aware of what your assessments will be in advance so you can plan your study time accordingly well before the assessments are upon you. In this part of the Guide, we look at how many assessments you will face in Year 12 and what they will entail.
In this final part of the guide, we’ll give you an overview of the Year 12 English Assessments and different parts of the HSC. Students in Year 12 often lose sight of the bigger picture and don’t think about how all of their assessments fit together and how they should plan ahead to deal with them. Have you planned out what assessments you have, when they are, and what Module they are for? You’re not alone.
Most students get caught up in the immediacy of Year 12 and end up being reactive rather than proactive.
To succeed in Year 12, you really need to be on top of your assessments and schedule from day one. This may sound daunting, but we have your back.
Year 12 assessments are made up of internal and external assessments. The external assessment is the HSC which is comprised of Paper 1 and Paper 2. Your internal marks comprise 50% of your HSC Mark and your HSC Examination result comprises the other 50% of your HSC Mark. Your HSC mark will determine which performance band (out of 6) you will be placed in.
The internal assessments may differ between schools, but the number of assessments each student faces is mandated by NESA to be either 5 or 6. The policy of standard assessment and reporting is done so that all students in NSW in Year 12 undertake the same number of assessments with a specific weighting (meaning distribution) of marks.
|Table: Weighting of Assessments|
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In addition, the assessment tasks must assess a selection of English “Modes” – or types of skills. Those specific skillsets include – listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking and oral presentation, viewing/ representing, and writing. The marks assigned to these tasks also need to have a specific weighting.
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NESA does not mandate which assessment will be had for which Module. This means that there is little consistency between schools as to what Module will have a listening task or require a speech.
Generally speaking, the writing task – which is the essay component – is usually only assessed during the HSC trials. Students normally only have one oral task, either a Viva Voce or a speech. Listening tasks are either coupled with short answer responses or a longer, essay response. For their representing task, you will likely need to make a collage or image that demonstrates a key idea for the Module or AOS text you are studying.
Students normally have an assessment for each module and then have the HSC Trials count as the fifth internal assessment (though some schools occasionally have 6 assessments to allow for an additional essay task).
If you would like to know more about HSC marks, scaling, and learn how your ATAR is calculated, you should read our Beginner’s Guide to ATAR and Scaling. If you want to work out what marks you’ll need to for the ATAR you’re chasing, you should use our ATAR calculator.
All HSC students sit an HSC Trial examination. This is essentially a dry-run of the HSC that carries a much smaller weighting than the proper HSC Exam. Depending on when your school sits the HSC Trial exam, not all the HSC English Modules may be assessed.
The HSC Trial exam will have two papers:
The Trial papers will have the same structure as the HSC Paper.
The HSC Examination is sat by every student in Year 12. It is currently sat over two days, usually the first Monday and Wednesday during the examination period. The HSC Exam for English Advanced has two parts:
Let’s have a look at what is involved in these papers.
Paper One has three sections, all of which are focused on AOS. Each section assesses a particular skillset – essay writing, comprehension, and creative writing. Students receive 2hrs writing time and 10 minutes writing time. This paper is worth 45 marks.
Paper Two also has 3 sections, each section focuses on a different Module. Students will get 5 minutes reading time and 2 hrs writing time. This equates to forty minutes per section. This paper is worth 60 marks.
Stage 6 English is large and complex. To be successful students should take advantage of as many resources as they can. Below are some free external resources that Matrix English Teachers and Students recommend.
We hope you found this guide and the links provided to be a useful resource for aiding your English Studies throughout Year 11 and 12. Matrix hopes that you are successful in achieving your academic goals for English for the coming year.
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