i also think its unfair.i think the compulsory english is unfair
I agree 100% with the first paragraph, however whether you will do better in the long run all depends on how said individual applies themselves after the HSC. Getting a high ATAR makes it easier, but doesn't necessarily mean you will do better.the way i see it, if you want to win the game of hsc you have to disregard all practical sensibilities in the subjects you're doing and just strive to be a model student. that's the best thing to do in the short run. the hsc doesn't care about people with natural ability that can be applied in real life in relation to their subjects or whatever careers are associated with your subjects. all you need is a good memory, that you can write extremely fast and neatly, and do high scaling subjects even if you don't like them or they have nothing to do with your future career paths.
i'm quite an eccentric and refused to comply with these methods so i didn't come out as a big grinning winner, but hey, at least i'll do better in the long run.
the easiest way to fall out of the hsc is if you're smart and you get cocky so you don't study.