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    Re: HSC Standard/Advanced Paper 1 Exam Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by spaghettii View Post
    Holy macaroni that test was odd, barely finished it

    S1: all my answers were total BS, hopefully the quotes and techniques I chucked in there are enough
    S2: managed to put the quote in, but didn’t know how to put in two perspectives. Hopefully past/present perspectives are enough?
    S3: the question fit my texts, but my essay was just waffle
    Hopefully a good quality waffle
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    Re: HSC Standard/Advanced Paper 1 Exam Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by BLIT2014 View Post
    Did anyone's prescribed text really fit the essay question?
    Yep, mine’s The Tempest
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    Re: HSC Standard/Advanced Paper 1 Exam Thoughts

    Short answers: Good! Weird layout especially with the mark allocation. I had to generalise a few points but I think I did OK in this section.
    Creative: Did not have much time in that! I think I did really poor in that section but at least I got down the main points! I think I didn't mention the quote. I hope the markers are fine with that
    Essay: Totally Nailed It! Question was wierd at first but accomplishable.

    Overall I spent a lot of time on the essay; that's why my creative was quite short. Hopefully, the markers will be fine with that.
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    Re: HSC Standard/Advanced Paper 1 Exam Thoughts

    Gray’s Flames and Dangling Wires would probably be a good fit. I didn’t use it though.

    A lot of people in my year argued against the question.

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    Re: HSC Standard/Advanced Paper 1 Exam Thoughts

    if they say 'to what extent' are we allowed to agree on some parts of the statement and disagree on other parts of the statement? or does it have to be a full yes or no

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    Re: HSC Standard/Advanced Paper 1 Exam Thoughts

    The essay question went like this: "Discovery is not always new, nor is it always joyful"
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    Re: HSC Standard/Advanced Paper 1 Exam Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by 1729 View Post
    if they say 'to what extent' are we allowed to agree on some parts of the statement and disagree on other parts of the statement? or does it have to be a full yes or no
    Really hope you can present both sides and then make a statement about how much you think the question applies...

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    Re: HSC Standard/Advanced Paper 1 Exam Thoughts

    Section i: I thought it was good. I think spent too long on the 5 mark question, though. Like in trials I lost 2 marks from the last question because I left it last minute and it was rushed, so I made sure to do the last question first, but that just detracted time from the other questions and therefore I had to leave those last minute and rushed them ~.~
    Section ii: My favourite part of the exam - the stimulus fit my creative so well, I really enjoyed writing/adapting it
    Section iii: Question was good, but my time management was awful so with 5 minutes left, I had to cut my last paragraph short by like half and quickly scribble a conclusion
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    Re: HSC Standard/Advanced Paper 1 Exam Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by 1729 View Post
    if they say 'to what extent' are we allowed to agree on some parts of the statement and disagree on other parts of the statement? or does it have to be a full yes or no
    I think you can. I ended up emphasising the “always” part and wrote that discoveries can be new and rediscovering something old, and that discoveries can be joyful and confronting.
    I swear I used the word confronting about 20 times in my essay lmao
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    Re: HSC Standard/Advanced Paper 1 Exam Thoughts

    Section 1: the poem made no sense to me so i wasted time trying to figure out techniques and what not, but it's the section i'm most confident in
    Section 2: my prepared creative fit well with the stimulus but I have to cut my story down because of time!
    Section 3: it was ok i guess

    overall: pretty average test imo

    also why is everyone saying they expected 2 related? They are never gunna do that, its like 99% they will never ask for 2 related.

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    Re: HSC Standard/Advanced Paper 1 Exam Thoughts

    Imao the creative writing and essay questions were so weirdly specific
    Like two perspectives??? Terrifying? Magnificent? Familiar? Utterly alien solid gonna get PTSD if I ever see any of these words again
    And the essay about discovery not being ' new' or having 'joy' like what?? The whole discovery rubric doesn't give me joy
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    Re: HSC Standard/Advanced Paper 1 Exam Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by BLIT2014 View Post
    How big is your handwriting?
    Really fkn big. About 1-4 words per line. It's still mostly legible, just a pain in the ass to deal with all the booklets on such a small desk.
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    Re: HSC Standard/Advanced Paper 1 Exam Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by whatafeeling View Post
    Section 1: the poem made no sense to me so i wasted time trying to figure out techniques and what not, but it's the section i'm most confident in
    Section 2: my prepared creative fit well with the stimulus but I have to cut my story down because of time!
    Section 3: it was ok i guess

    overall: pretty average test imo

    also why is everyone saying they expected 2 related? They are never gunna do that, its like 99% they will never ask for 2 related.
    It was because they did it back in 2008 at the end of Journeys and people thought since they're ending Discovery this year they might chuck us a dirty and thank god they didn't lol
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    Re: HSC Standard/Advanced Paper 1 Exam Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by BLIT2014 View Post
    Did anyone's prescribed text really fit the essay question?
    I think Tempest would have (which is mine), but I didn't talk about rediscovery of forgiveness for Prospero, cause justifying how his value of forgiveness was 'hidden' is kind of dodgy.
    So, I just disagreed with it, but agreed with the 'no joy' part

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    Re: HSC Standard/Advanced Paper 1 Exam Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by spaghettii View Post
    I think you can. I ended up emphasising the “always” part and wrote that discoveries can be new and rediscovering something old, and that discoveries can be joyful and confronting.
    I swear I used the word confronting about 20 times in my essay lmao
    question statement was something like 'discoveries are not always new and not always joyful' to what extent...

    for my prescribed i said the author showed that discoveries CAN be new but NOT always joyful (but rather confronting)
    for my related i said the author showed that discoveries are NOT always new (rediscovery) but CAN be joyful

    is this okay?

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    Re: HSC Standard/Advanced Paper 1 Exam Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by 1729 View Post
    question statement was something like 'discoveries are not always new and not always joyful' to what extent...

    for my prescribed i said the author showed that discoveries CAN be new but NOT always joyful (but rather confronting)
    for my related i said the author showed that discoveries are NOT always new (rediscovery) but CAN be joyful

    is this okay?
    Should be, that's essentially what I did so hopefully we're good :0
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    Re: HSC Standard/Advanced Paper 1 Exam Thoughts

    Thinking back on S1, I think Text 2 is a lot more literal than I'd thought. I can't think of any subtler meaning than exploring the Antarctic, plus the questions on it were more "what techniques conveyed ___" rather than "how did the text show that discoveries are ___".

    Unrelated, but anyone reckon they'll ask for 2 related texts for Adv Mod C?
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    Re: HSC Standard/Advanced Paper 1 Exam Thoughts

    My prescribed texts definitely fit into the question. I did Rober Gray's "Meatworks" and "North Coast Town" along with my related text "Spirited Away" by Hayao Miyazaki. I must admit, I did use a lot of 'confronting, provocative and unpleasant" in my essay.
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    Re: HSC Standard/Advanced Paper 1 Exam Thoughts

    Do u have 2 related texts for mod c? because i dont.

    Will use my related for discovery- worst case scenario

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    Re: HSC Standard/Advanced Paper 1 Exam Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by 1729 View Post
    if they say 'to what extent' are we allowed to agree on some parts of the statement and disagree on other parts of the statement? or does it have to be a full yes or no
    Yes you can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by notthedevil View Post
    Really fkn big. About 1-4 words per line. It's still mostly legible, just a pain in the ass to deal with all the booklets on such a small desk.
    Okay I was going to say otherwise you might be one of the writing record setters for HSC.
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    Re: HSC Standard/Advanced Paper 1 Exam Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by cherryboi View Post
    Do u have 2 related texts for mod c? because i dont.

    Will use my related for discovery- worst case scenario
    Probably good as they can specify at least 2.
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    Re: HSC Standard/Advanced Paper 1 Exam Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by HoldingOn View Post
    Overall reasonably hard actually I though

    Short answer was alright- very very strange layout

    Essay was meh the ideas in the question re rediscovery really didn’t suit our prescribed- Motorcycle Diaries

    Story was alright just had to rush slightly
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    our prescribed text was also mcd!!! our whole grade basically died when we saw the rediscovery bit hahah
    Tbh for motorcycle diaries it's hard to do rediscovery UNLESS you prepared quotes specifically for it, because in the text he does reflect on his journey quite a bit but it'd be hard to do unless you specifically prepared quotes for it. For example in that opening part (forgot what it was) I think he reflects on how he's changed? Sorry don't really remember the text... Or you could take the approach of some people and talk about how his discoveries were definitely new.
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    Re: HSC Standard/Advanced Paper 1 Exam Thoughts

    Does anyone want to show us their favourite meme about the paper?
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