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Year 12 WA students urged to focus on balance as exams kick off

Exams kicked off for year 12 students on Monday morning in what can be a daunting three weeks Photo: Julia Baird Exams kicked off for year 12 students on Monday morning in what can be a daunting three weeks Photo: Julia Baird
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Exams kicked off for year 12 students on Monday morning in what can be a daunting three weeks Photo: Julia Baird

Exams kicked off for year 12 students on Monday morning in what can be a daunting three weeks Photo: Julia Baird

Year 12 students began the most important three weeks of their school lives on Monday, with the 2014 Year 12 Western Australian Certificate of Education written exams beginning on Monday morning.

Over the next 21 days, 10,660 students across WA will take at least one exam with the vast majority, 9,363, sitting at least four exams.

For most Year 12 students it is now a familiar drill after mid-year practice exams – 10 minutes reading time, and then three hours to complete the exams.

While the total number of students taking exams, compared to previous years, is roughly half due to the introduction of the half-cohort in 2001, the oldest person sitting an exam this year is 60, taking a mathematics exam, while the youngest, at just 14 years old, is set to take a French exam.

School Curriculum and Standards Authority chief executive Allan Blagaich says that whilst most students taking exams over the next three weeks would sit the exams, get the score and head into university, it was important that students remember the exams are not the be-all and the end-all.

“The exams are usually the summation of two year’s work, but the point that I like to stress is that it should never be seen as the be-all and end-all, there are many opportunities,” he said.

“Give it your very best shot, but know that there are many ways to get to where you want to get…I’ve spoken to a lot of kids that are getting into university through alternative pathways, bridging courses, TAFE, a whole range of options, and knowing that you have these options to fall back on really takes the pressure off.”

He did stress however, that at this late stage, students shouldn’t be sitting down and “doing the books”, but that a balanced approach should be taken.

“Teachers are pretty phenomenal at getting kids prepared for these examinations, they do a fine job.

“Go back through and take a balanced approach. There needs to be a good mixture between revising what you’ve learnt and going through your notes, taking a break, getting some leisure time and getting some physical activity in there as well

“Watching your health is important and I can’t stress enough the importance of getting a good night’s sleep, as hard as that may be at this stage.”

Physics and Animal Production exams kicked of the three-week period on Monday morning, while the final exams will be Materials Design and Technology at 2pm on November 21. Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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