Macquarie Anglican Grammar School students Jess Hyland, Sarah Lyndon and Ally Dixon have been happy with how the first two exams of the High School Certificate have gone but they are also looking forward to them being over.
All Dubbo year 12 students completed their second compulsory English exam on Friday and their remaining exams will take place over the next three weeks.
The MAGS trio said their exams had gone well and their preparation had helped them, but said the exams still brought nerves and some pressure, and they were looking forward to when that was all over.
“I can’t wait until I never have to do these exams again,” Sarah said.
“It will be a miracle if my hand recovers from these exams by the time I get to university.”
However while they are counting down the exams, Jess, Sarah and Ally all felt their preparation had been good and were ready to spend plenty more hours with their heads in text books before the exams were over.
“I was definitely more prepared for these exams than the ones I have done in the past [trials and half-yearlies].” Ally said.
“All these exams we are doing, we have done similar ones before, there are no surprises. We know the structure and format,” Sarah added.
While Thursday’s English paper involved a series of short answers, creative writing and an essay, Friday’s test was focused on three long answers.
Jess said she found the first exam more challenging.
“Some aspects were easier. With this one [on Friday], it was more about memorising for essays and put it on the page. Yesterday was working with material you hadn’t seen before,” she said.
Jess and Sarah have similar schedules, with exams spread neatly over the next three weeks. It is much tougher for their friend, who has three next week.
“It’s a pretty bad schedule. Next week I have three exams, modern history on Wednesday, biology on Thursday and Maths on Friday. Then I have a week and a half to study for art so hopefully I can ace that.”
Exams resume on Monday.