HSC exam de­rails stu­dents

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - THE SNITCH - JACK MORPHET

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.”

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