CLARENCE Valley Year 12 students are celebrating the end of their first HSC exam this afternoon.
At 4pm, the call to put pens down was announced after students spent more than two hours working on their English (Standard and Advanced) papers.
Signs of relief echoed through the Multipurpose Centre at Grafton High School and at 4.05pm, The Daily Examiner was greeted with triumphant smiles and relieved expressions of happiness.
"It was full on," student Bree Edwards said of her first HSC exam.
"I just completed the English Standard paper. I studied hard and I think I went alright."
Her friend Melanie Macfarlane agreed, although she admitted her first HSC exam was not as hard as she thought it would be.
Melanie, who also completed the English Standard paper, said she studied hard and tried her best today.
"I was really nervous before the exam started, but I think I went ok," she said.
Students who completed their first exam before the final fifteen minutes of the allotted time were allowed to leave early.
Zac McKenzie finished his first HSC exam at 4.45pm.
After admitting he could have studied harder in preparation for today's exam, Zac said he remains confident of receiving a good result.
"In the last half an hour before the exam started I started to get really nervous, more nervous than I had been before," he said.
"I finished the English Standard paper early and I think I did ok."
When asked if he had any advice or helpful hints he would like to share with Clarence Valley students who are yet to sit for one of their HSC papers, Zac said plenty of study and extra revision is the key.
Tomorrow, Year 12 students across NSW will sit for a variety of language HSC exams.
For any students who are unsure of when their next exam may be coming up, please visit boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au.