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    Scaling – You, Your Friends, and the HSC

    Internal: The marks of your school assessments
    External: The marks of your HSC exams
    Cohort: The other students in your year at your school


    If you do well in the externals, a good internal mark and a good cohort will raise your final mark

    If you do well in the externals, a bad internal mark but a good cohort may raise your final mark

    If you do well in the externals, a good internal mark but a bad cohort may lower your final mark

    If you do well in the externals, a bad internal mark and a bad cohort will lower your final mark



    If you do badly in the externals, a good internal mark and a good cohort will raise your final mark

    If you do badly in the externals, a bad internal mark but a good cohort may raise your final mark

    If you do badly in the externals, a good internal mark but a bad cohort may lower your final mark

    If you do badly in the externals, a bad internal mark and a bad cohort will lower your final mark

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    Re: Scaling – You, Your Friends, and the HSC

    Such a terrible system which doesn't reward individual achievement.
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    Re: Scaling – You, Your Friends, and the HSC

    Wait so a bad internal of say 80 in HSC physics, but good external plus (hopefully) a great cohort could possibly get me a band 6?? I need some hope ughhhh

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    Re: Scaling – You, Your Friends, and the HSC

    yep!

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    Re: Scaling – You, Your Friends, and the HSC

    so if i get an average of 90 on my externals and internals but my cohort gets an average of 60 my mark will drop?

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    Re: Scaling – You, Your Friends, and the HSC

    Quote Originally Posted by chrisx000 View Post
    so if i get an average of 90 on my externals and internals but my cohort gets an average of 60 my mark will drop?
    Rationally if you get 90 external 90 internal and your cohort averages 60 external, they should also average 60 internal. If that is true then no your mark won't drop.

    Bad case for you is when you get 90 internal, they average 80 internal but only 60 external. With external being the yardstick everyone (except 1st & last ranked) gets pulled down for the reason the school marked the cohort as a whole too generously.
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    Re: Scaling – You, Your Friends, and the HSC

    Quote Originally Posted by chrisx000 View Post
    so if i get an average of 90 on my externals and internals but my cohort gets an average of 60 my mark will drop?
    If you're first then I don't think so

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    Re: Scaling – You, Your Friends, and the HSC

    Quote Originally Posted by A1P View Post
    Rationally if you get 90 external 90 internal and your cohort averages 60 external, they should also average 60 internal. If that is true then no your mark won't drop.

    Bad case for you is when you get 90 internal, they average 80 internal but only 60 external. With external being the yardstick everyone (except 1st & last ranked) gets pulled down for the reason the school marked the cohort as a whole too generously.
    Why do you get penalised for the efforts of the rest of your classmates?

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    Re: Scaling – You, Your Friends, and the HSC

    Quote Originally Posted by chrisx000 View Post
    Why do you get penalised for the efforts of the rest of your classmates?
    BOSTES does have safeguards to exclude a few unusually bad exam marks (for lack of trying) from calculation for the cohort so you are not affected. But if the cohort in general averages 60 external versus 70-80 internal, BOSTES won't believe only you try in the exam and the rest don't. It's more logical to believe your school is too generous with marks therefore your 90 internal is inflated & needs moderated down.

    Note this moderating up or down does not apply to your external mark, you get what you get yourself. Only to the School Assessment mark.
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    Re: Scaling – You, Your Friends, and the HSC

    For example if you do higher scaled subjects, does that mean you have a certain advantage when ranked against all HSC students?

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    Re: Scaling – You, Your Friends, and the HSC

    Quote Originally Posted by Roronana View Post
    For example if you do higher scaled subjects, does that mean you have a certain advantage when ranked against all HSC students?
    This is true to an extent. The thing is you have to compare the benefits of say doing an easier subject that might be more easier to get a higher mark in but it is scaled less, but then you have to consider are you able to get a good mark in a harder subject, because the thing is a lot of people go into subjects like chemistry, physics and maths extension thinking they are just going to get any mark and then get scaled so high over other people, but this is not always the case. For scaling to benefit you doing a harder subject you still need to get a decent mark. That being said you can get a very high atar doing subjects that are considered low scaling. For instance I have the tes scores (like the scaled marks when different subjects are compared) for my school and a 95 in business had a higher tes than a 93 in physics. I would say personally since I did these subjects that getting that business mark is easier than getting that in physics. However, if you do have the academic ability to score high in high scaling subjects I would take those over low scaling ones, but still you need to consider if you enjoy the course. Hope this helped
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    Re: Scaling – You, Your Friends, and the HSC

    This guide is pretty extensive Good work

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    Re: Scaling – You, Your Friends, and the HSC

    If I do average in internals (70-85) and well in externals (80-95) will I get a good atar(75+)?


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