Jack Ball, 17, Ben Adams, 17 and James Bowles, 18, of McAuley Catholic College have a chat after finishing their first HSC exam, Business Studies.
Jack Ball, 17, Ben Adams, 17 and James Bowles, 18, of McAuley Catholic College have a chat after finishing their first HSC exam, Business Studies. Adam Hourigan

HSC students wade into first paper

EXAM jitters are a thing of the past for Jack Ball, Ben Adams and James Bowles of McAuley Catholic College after the trio sat their first HSC paper yesterday.

They were three of the 16,000 NSW students who sat the Business Studies exam and agreed it was a great way to start.

"It was really easy compared to the trials and it was good to start off with Business because it has put my mind at ease a bit," Jack said.

While Jack admits he could have been a little more prepared for the exam, he said that it helped him not stress about it.

James on the other hand arrived armed with his Business Studies Excel study guide which he worked his way through during the past few weeks to quickly read over before he walked into the room.

The boys, along with every HSC student across NSW, will sit their first English exam paper today.

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said 72,391 NSW students were enrolled to sit the exams in 760 centres this year and that the written exams, which account for 50% of results in most courses, would continue until November 11.



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