Studying for HSC English? Well, here’s the good news – we generally know exactly what the papers are going to look like!
What do we know?
For HSC English Paper 1, we know a lot of things with certainty:
- Paper 1 is always divided into 3 sections, each worth 15 marks each (with a total of 45 marks).
- The three sections are always:
- Unseen texts with short answer/comprehension;
- Creative writing;
- Everything examined is directly from the HSC Syllabus.
To be more specific, here are a few more things we know:
Unseen Texts with Short Answer/Comprehension
In this section, we always know that there are five questions: 2 x 2 markers, 2 x 3 markers and 1 x 5 marker.
- 2 Marker questions typically as ‘how’ or ‘what’, and expects identification with very brief analysis.
- 3 Marker questions are usually ‘explain’ or ‘analyse’, and expect you to identify, analyse and to take a view.
- 5 Marker questions are essentially an extended response (basically a paragraph of a full essay)
With creative writing, they will typically ask you to pursue it in two different ways:
- Using the stimulus as the CENTRAL idea of your piece; or
- Using the stimulus as the STARTING POINT of your piece.
From there, they will then require your creative piece to:
- Be in a specific text form and type (i.e. news article, script); or
- Open type (i.e. you choose the form and type).
They typically provide 3 – 5 choices of stimulus.
This will be an essay on your Prescribed Text AND a Related Text (of your own choosing), and will ask you to explore how your text shows one or a few qualities of discovery.
What don’t we know?
What we don’t know are:
- The questions they’re going to ask (duh!); and
- What the stimulus are going to be.
That being said, we’ve got a pretty good idea about what it’s going to look like, which is why we’ve put together a whole new HSC English Paper 1 Practice Paper!