Navigating the BOSTES website to find past papers can be a major pain, so here’s a quick and easy list of HSC English Past Papers for Standard, Advanced and Extension 1 English!
Not all of the years have marking guidelines unfortunately, and some of the older papers include questions on topics/content no longer covered, but they’re still useful.
Going over past questions can help you figure out what kind of questions you may be asked in the HSC and how to deconstruct them.
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Maddison Leach completed her HSC in 2014, achieving an ATAR of 98.00 and Band 6 in all her subjects. Having tutored privately for two years before joining Art of Smart, she enjoys helping students through the academic and other aspects of school life, even though it sometimes makes her feel old. Maddison has had a passion for writing since her early teens, having had several short stories published before joining the world of blogging. She’s currently studying a Bachelor of Design at the University of Technology Sydney and spends most of her time trying not to get caught sketching people on trains.
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So you have been asked to write an essay. Easy! You are supposed to be getting ready for an exam or a speech and then go to the NESA… formerly and infamously known as the dreaded BOSTES website. Teachers and ex-students alike have told you that in order to do well in the first half of the Trials and HSC you MUST do lots of discovery paper 1 essay questions.
To your horror, as you scrolled down the list of papers, you uncovered a terrible, gruesome NOT-SO-SECRET, secret. All the questions before 2015 are for some awful and confusing thing called belonging! NESA… How could you? I thought things were different now! What twisted individual could have the capacity to do something so awful and so debased… I’ll tell you who. It was BOSTES! Those crafty little elves have been changing the syllabus and modules every few years or so for decades. When the outcry becomes too great, they just go and change their name.
However, you need not cry. For a friend of the forest has returned to make your life a little bit easier. Below you may be delighted to find that all of the questions up until 2005 resemble the discovery area of study.
All of these questions have either been extracted from the NESA website or they have been adjusted using target language from the area of study. Enjoy!
To what extent do the texts you have studied reveal both the emotional and intellectual responses provoked by the experience of discovering?
In your response, refer to your prescribed text and ONE other related text of your own choosing.
The process of discovery involves uncovering what is hidden and reconsidering what is known. How is this Perspective on discovery explored in your prescribed text and ONE other text of your own choosing
Through the affirmations of beliefs and assumptions of individuals and the society that surrounds them, new understandings are formed.
How is this view represented in your prescribed text and ONE other related text of your own choosing?
Discovering something for the first time is determined not only by an individual’s own deliberate planning but also by the beliefs and assumption of others in their society.
How accurately does this statement reflect the ideas represented in your
prescribed text and ONE other related text of your own choosing?
An individual is transformed by unexpected discoveries which can be spiritual and stimulate new ideas, leading to new forms of understanding.
In what ways is this view of belonging represented in your prescribed text and at least ONE
other related text of your own choosing?
Explore how physical and intellectual discoveries are influenced by cultural context and values.
In your response, refer to your prescribed text and at least ONE other related text of your own
‘An individual’s interaction with others and the world around them can assist them in rediscovering something that was concealed which affirms their pre-existing beliefs and assumptions.’
Discuss this view with detailed reference to your prescribed text and ONE other related text of your own choosing.
A sense of wonder allows one to speculate about future possibilities which ultimately lead to provocative and unexpected discoveries.
Demonstrate how your prescribed text and ONE other related text of your own choosing represent this interpretation of discovery.
“Deliberate planning is an essential component of transformative discoveries.”
Is this your view?
Write a persuasive response referring to representations of creative discoveries in your texts.
In your response, refer to your prescribed text and TWO other related texts of your own
Texts may show us that discoveries involve unexpected consequences.
To what extent do the texts you have studied support this idea?
More than anything else, physical discoveries are about transforming social contexts and values.
Do you agree?
Argue your point of view.
To what extent has studying the concept of discovery expanded your understanding of yourself, of individuals, and of the world?