ENDLESS study was compressed into three hours of frenetic writing for high school students Bec Kelly and Bec Stevens.
Everything from William Shakespeare to Marlon Brando was analysed and dissected with nearly 43,000 teenagers across the state putting pen to paper yesterday morning in the English VCE exam opener.
The two 18-year-olds were relieved the wait was finally over, both pleased that the questions posed were less cryptic than they expected.
Bec Kelly, who wants to study either commerce or health, said plenty of exam preparation was necessary.
“It was a little stressful beforehand but I’m glad it’s over,” the Brauer College student said.
Brauer students covered a mix of different literature in the text response section, including Cosi by Australian writer Louis Nowra and the classic film On The Waterfront, starring Marlon Brando. Analysis of language use and creative writing was also part of the assessment.
Daniel Bright and Tim Welsh also said opening the exam paper was not nearly as daunting as they expected.
“I finished 20 minutes before the end, so it gave me plenty of time to look over and review what I’d done,” Daniel said. Tim, who wants to study physiotherapy, said yesterday’s test was only the start of the examination period for him.
State Education Minister Martin Dixon said it was important for school leavers to remain calm and focused during the examination period.
“It is important to remember that whatever the outcome, there are many paths to success after school,” he said.