IT WAS pens down for students at Carinya Christian School on Friday morning, signalling the end to the first of their trial High School Certificate exams.
The students completed their English trial exams joining other schools from around the region also with exams underway.
The exams gave the students an insight into what is ahead in their official HSC tests which will begin in late October.
Some Carinya students breathed a sigh of relief as they left the Carinya school hall after completing the first exam.
“It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be, to be honest,” year 12 student Larissa Schwanke said.
“I actually enjoyed writing the story and being able to explain different things.
“This was only the first one so I have quite a few left.
“I feel a bit less stressed because I can actually do something at least.”
She said she was pleased there were HSC trials to help prepare year 12 students for the final exams later in the year.
“It’s like a practice and it doesn’t matter if we completely fail because we can build on the mistakes we make now so we can do a lot better in our HSC.”
Fellow year 12 student Lachie Urquhart has five more exams to go but said the school helped the students be well prepared for the exam period.
“I did the best I could do at the time,” he said.
“The school definitely prepared me.
“It’s the trials so it’s good to have a practice run before the actual HSC.
“I wouldn’t say I’m looking forward to doing the HSC but I’m looking forward to after.
“It’s (the trials) good to have a little more experience and to actually know we are in the exam setting.”
More than 2000 year 12 students across the New England region are expected to sit their HSC exams this year with results released in mid-December.