Trinity High Catholic College year 12 students, from left, Eboni Flaherty, Monika Singh, and Max Gray have finished their maths exam. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
Trinity High Catholic College year 12 students, from left, Eboni Flaherty, Monika Singh, and Max Gray have finished their maths exam. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

HSC maths questions didn't add up for some

HSC STUDENTS will hit two milestones at the end of this week: reaching the halfway mark on their exams and taking maths out of their heads.

General Maths, Maths Extension and Maths were all knocked out on HSC day eight out of 18 today.

But students studying Mathematics Extension 1 have to wait until Monday for their exam.

Maths achievement

Trinity Catholic College maths teacher Rob Lynch said completing their maths exam was an achievement students can be proud of.

"They've done many practice papers... the time and effort they put into it, let's hope they do well," he said.

Student Eboni Flaherty said she feels confident about the exam, but she was worried about a couple of questions.

"There were a few questions I didn't know how to answer but the majority of them were alright," she said.

"There was one that had a graph and you had to draw the equation of the line... and I didn't know how to do that one."

Max Gray said the exam wasn't what he expected.

"I think it was a bit narrow, like not many topics were explored, it was quite linear," he said.

Future plans

Monica Singh said she thought the exam "was better than trials".

She plans to go to university next year to study Nutrition.

Rob and Eboni said they will go straight to work.

"I work at Coraki pharmacy so I'll work down there for a bit and maybe go to uni the year after," Eboni said.

"I'm going to Melbourne to work in advertising, I got an internship," Max said.

Make maths attractive

Today the Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham announced a plan to make the subject more meaningful and more attractive to future students.

"From mechanics to master chefs, budding film makers to wi-fi inventors, skateboard designers to Space Shuttle pilots, maths is part of the way we live and work," Senator Birmingham said.

Exams for the rest of the week include software design and development, some of the language subjects, legal studies, Aboriginal studies and chemistry.
 



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