By BELINDA SCOTT
STUDENTS and teachers were upbeat about the first 2004 Higher School Certificate examination yesterday.
The English exam, which is compulsory for all students, kicked off the four-week 2004 HSC exam season yesterday.
'Challenging but achievable', was the assessment of Coffs Harbour Senior College head English teacher Kate Lawson.
"There was a good variety of texts and it focused more on technology with a Powerpoint presentation and a CD-ROM cover," Ms Lawson said. "The students had to read a visual text with symbols and objects, extend it and relate it back to the topic ? which was The Journey.
"With the Powerpoint presentation, the students had to compare the representation of the journey in any two of the slides, picking two that had a similar theme.
"The creative writing question was fairly general. There was quite an interesting generic question in Section 3 which was fair for all students.
"The students who had attended revision and done practice tasks would have been fine."
Coffs Harbour Senior College students also gave the exam the thumbs-up.
Sheree Gill said she liked the creative writing section because she could write what she liked. She said she had not been nervous going into the exam but had not slept on Sunday night because she was working.
Lachlan Hitchenson said the exam was '100 per cent. It was easy to understand and it it gave you lots of options'.
Lachlan said he could not have done any more study for the exam and had slept 'like a baby' on Sunday night.
Sattie Crichton, who said she had been studying all week, also thought it was a good exam.
"I was really relieved when I read the exam. All the questions were what I expected ? I may have stuffed up the first section a bit, I got a bit confused but I sorted it out."