Most VCE students across Victoria took part in the biggest exam of the year yesterday — a three-hour comprehensive English exam that will determine the future of many of them.
Schools across the state have farewelled senior students in ceremonies during the past week, and exams will be continuing until November 22, although many students will finish over the next two weeks.
Students have spent the year preparing for these exams, and everything they have learnt will soon be put to the test.
Results of their hard work will come out on December 15, before the first round of tertiary offers begin from January 16.
The News spoke to a number of students from Wanganui Park, McGuire and Mooroopna secondary colleges and Shepparton High School to see how they felt after their first exam.
SHEPPARTON HIGH SCHOOL
Shepparton High School Year 12 student Tyler Bell, 18, said he felt confident about his performance in yesterday’s English exam. The questions matched what he had studied and he felt like he was well prepared to complete his next five exams. ‘‘Overall I think it was a good year and I hope my results reflect that.’’
Although Shepparton High School Year 12 student Jiordi Bothwell, 18, has found VCE stressful, she said her teachers had been a great help.
Jiordi is feeling positive about her next five exams after completing both her English and Japanese exams.
Gemma Cerasi, 18, said she was going well with her exam preparation and would miss high school once everything was finished.
‘‘I’ve definitely got some good memories,’’ she said.
‘‘It was pretty challenging but the teachers were really supportive.’’
For Josh Withall, 18, the English exam was a challenge. ‘‘I’m glad it’s done but I feel like I went all right.’’ Josh was sad that high school was finishing, but he planned to study personal training next year. ‘‘It’s sad it’s all ending, I wish it wasn’t. This year is the end, it’s done.’’