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June 07, 2023, 01:11:19 pm

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VIC Year 9 Discussion / Re: Accelerated VCE reasoning
« Last post by Aaron on July 22, 2022, 06:38:54 pm »
Hi, Iím in Year 9 currently and I'm applying for Methods and Biology. My school requires in 100 words why I request to apply. What should I be writing about?

Any ideas would be appreciated :)

What is your motivation for doing a VCE subject as a Year 10 student?
Why do you want to do Methods and Biology specifically?
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VIC Year 9 Discussion / Accelerated VCE reasoning
« Last post by leeknow2 on July 22, 2022, 06:14:52 pm »
Hi, Iím in Year 9 currently and I'm applying for Methods and Biology. My school requires in 100 words why I request to apply. What should I be writing about?

Any ideas would be appreciated :)
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HSC English Extension 1 / Re: English Extension 1 Resources Thread
« Last post by FloraD on July 22, 2022, 06:09:01 pm »
Hi does anyone know where I can get sample band 6 responses?

Also got any related texts recommendations for worlds of uppheaval?
Thanks
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VCE Mathematical Methods CAS / Re: 35 study score after bombing 2 SACs?
« Last post by james.358 on July 22, 2022, 03:10:24 pm »
Definitely still possible! After all, your Methods Study Score is composed of 33% SACs and 66%. Rather than focusing on the 22% that you have completed thus far, it is far more productive to look ahead to the 77.77% that are still yet to be completed.

Also keep in mind that your study method & overall experience is almost certainly improved comparing to the start of the year. Make sure to finish strong, leave no regrets, and you'll be surprised with what you can accomplish by the end of the year.
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VCE Mathematical Methods CAS / 35 study score after bombing 2 SACs?
« Last post by Ickajock on July 22, 2022, 02:04:47 pm »
Can I still get a 35 raw study score even after getting 40% on my first 2 SACs? I want to know if it is possible and what is the highest realistic study score i can get if i can't.
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Selective Schools Admissions Tests / Re: SHS Exam 2023, What timing slot
« Last post by HiKal on July 22, 2022, 10:41:33 am »
same
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Selective Schools Admissions Tests / Re: Exam is practically tomorrow lolll
« Last post by HiKal on July 22, 2022, 10:40:47 am »
 I've just been doing tests and going over workbooks. I have learned all of the concepts for maths but there are a few holes here and there. I've invested my time into doing tests from jac and Hendersons and went over em after completion.
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VCE Biology / Re: Photosynthesis
« Last post by angelabean on July 22, 2022, 10:12:54 am »
Hi,
Sorry I just realised I phrased my question wrong, in the same experiment what would be a good control group, do you need both positive and negative control groups.
I don't know if no light exposure or 0cm against a light source (closest the light can get to the beaker)?
Which one would be a better control group?
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Hi, I'm feeling quite nervous about the exam bc I still have some concepts undone (literally crying). I attended a tutoring class and did a few mock tests for  the exam. What about you? What did you do for your preparation?
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VCE English Language / Re: VCE English Language Question Thread
« Last post by schoolstudent115 on July 22, 2022, 12:09:02 am »
Hey y'all - am currently in the middle of choosing subjects for VCE. I'm having the most trouble choosing which English I'll do. Just wanted to start off by saying English is one of my strongest subjects, however, I have no idea which variation to choose.

BUT, here are some of my questions with English Language
1. I believe for most schools it isn't offered until years 11/12 - so how did you go with learning quite a different variation of English compared to the English we've been studying since year 7? Is it a really big jump or was it manageable?

2. (Mostly yr 12's) How was the final exam? Two hours seems like a short amount of time to answer short answer questions, an analytical commentary, and an essay when most other English exams are 2+ hours. Was it difficult to finish it all on time?

3. Why did you choose English Language over reg English or Literature?

Thank you so much!! Bec xx
Hi, here are my thoughts on this:
1. I believe for most schools it isn't offered until years 11/12 - so how did you go with learning quite a different variation of English compared to the English we've been studying since year 7? Is it a really big jump or was it manageable?
I found it good, however year 11 is actually pretty different to year 12 in terms of both content and the assessment structure. A big jump in my opinion is when you start doing Analytical Commentaries (ACs) which are analyses of texts/transcriptions from a purely linguistic perspective where you analyse the language features used and what purpose it has. Reason being, you must treat this from a completely different perspective as compared to a mainstream English essay since you aren't writing an opinion, you're not even talking about whether the linguistic feature actually had a particular effect on the audience. While it took a little bit to get used to, I became much better at ACs (and enjoyed it more) than regular essays.

2. (Mostly yr 12's) How was the final exam? Two hours seems like a short amount of time to answer short answer questions, an analytical commentary, and an essay when most other English exams are 2+ hours. Was it difficult to finish it all on time?

The final exam is very tight on time. I'd argue that time is by and large the biggest differentiator when it comes to getting a study score above the low-mid 40s, for example. Perhaps I should have added this in my answer to the first question, but timing was a huge jump especially if your SACs are too lenient on time and then the exam becomes a shock. This paired with the fact that for the AC, you can be served up pretty much any text type/register, and that the essay in section C isn't based on a pre-read text, kinda does make the exam fairly stressful. Exam strategy is extremely important for this subject, (much more so in my opinion than my other subjects like methods, spesh or physics etc.)
While I didn't do Mainstream English, just talking with some friends it does seem to be more of a time crunch in Englang. Having said this, the actual exam ended up being not so bad mostly due to getting a lucky essay prompt, the 'theme' of which I had the most developed evidence/ideas for.
Also don't let this discourage you, since if you truly enjoy the content of this subject more and due to the 'scientific nature' of it, it's (in my opinion) a lot easier to get much higher scores as there isn't as much subjectivity.

3. Why did you choose English Language over reg English or Literature?
Up until year 10, while I was a decent student in English (B-B+), I really didn't like it at all. However my English teacher in year 10 was so good I actually considered even doing Literature in VCE (never would I have thought this would ever be the case).
HOWEVER, I decided on English Language because despite not minding the essay analysis, I'm not a big reader and I do enjoy doing things in a more analytical/scientific manner which is what you will get in Englang. I think there is some merit in that maths/science oriented students tend to (of course not all) enjoy and/or do better in Englang than if they did Mainstream. I don't regret it one bit and I really did find the subject interesting, and to this day I still go into 'analysis mode' when I hear speeches and stuff. (A teacher did warn us that this may well happen; it's a natural consequence of the subject).
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