HSC exam derails students
STUDENTS are up in arms over an obscure HSC question that may have thrown their Business Studies exam.
The question is worth 20 per cent of the total marks and unexpectedly broke from years of convention.
Instead of instructing students what topic to draw on in their essay, question 27 on this year’s paper paraphrased five words from a niche topic within the syllabus, which, according to teachers was a nuanced nudge towards a response about marketing.
Students won’t know how the question was supposed to be answered until the NSW Education Standards Authority grades all the papers.
According to Northern Beaches high school business studies teacher Ren Leung, students would need to know the syllabus in minute detail.
“It was a very difficult question and I think it is going to be very polarising,” Mr Leung said. “The question is based on a very nuanced dot point in the syllabus, so students either remember the phrase and do very well or they don’t remember and their responses will completely miss the mark.”