There were relieved faces and high spirits as year 12 students emerged from the first HSC exam for 2013.
Glenwood High School students Ian Rabbets and Jacob Blanck were among about 69,000 HSC candidates to sit a two hour English exam yesterday.
‘‘It was pretty good,’’ Jacob said.
‘‘I think the reading section was a lot easier than the last couple of years.’’
‘‘It was all right,’’ he said.
‘‘I was a little bit short on time.’’
Questions were on the area of study ‘belonging’.
‘‘The essay was all about how an individual’s sense of belonging can be shaped by other’s attitudes to them,’’ Jacob said.
‘‘I drew on a song from Les Miserables, which fit well.’’
Apart from the reading and essay sections, students were given two quotes and asked to base an imaginative piece of writing around one.
Ian’s creative writing piece had an international flavour.
‘‘It was about a kid living in Japan,’’ he said.
‘‘He’s a street racer and the only person who knows his street like the back of his hand.
‘‘There’s a guy who comes along and shows him it’s not all about what you know, it’s how well you can drive.
''The kid learns from that and becomes a better racer.’’