Testing time: Kadina High School HSC business studies students Jared Morrow (left) and Ethan Hanley are both keen to get their exams out of the way.
Testing time: Kadina High School HSC business studies students Jared Morrow (left) and Ethan Hanley are both keen to get their exams out of the way. Jacklyn Wagner

Business end of the HSC year

KADINA High School’s Jared Morrow and Ethan Hanley are two of more than 71,000 students who start their final NSW Higher School Certificate exams this week – and the two teenagers are confident.

They should be, as both have already been accepted into Griffith University on the Gold Coast.

But that does not mean their minds will not be on the job when they start with their business studies exam on Thursday morning.

“I’m pretty excited just to get it all over with,” Jared said. “I’m pretty relaxed and ready to start.”

Jared and Ethan, both 17, are two of just four business studies students who will officially kick-start Kadina’s HSC exams, although a further dozen students will have entertainment exams on Thursday afternoon following business studies.

“It’s been a great class because there are only four of us and we’re all really good mates,” Ethan said. “It’s been fun and relaxed.”

Jared will go on to an engineering degree, while Ethan will study sports science and sports management.

Both believe the secret to performing well in exams is an early night’s sleep, and not cramming until the last moment.

Traditionally, English exams have been the first major tests for HSC students, but this year business studies has stolen the march.

Interestingly, business studies is the third-largest HSC course behind mathematics and English.

It slightly edges out biology as the third most popular by one enrolment.

The NSW Government says enrolments across all sciences have grown, which bucks the national trend.

Classical Greek also will be sat on Thursday morning before the obligatory ‘all-in’ English exams on Friday and Monday. The final exam is the visual arts written test on November 10.

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