HSC examinations underway

THE days of reckoning have arrived with the Higher School Certificate (HSC) examinations for 2010 finally under way.

Yesterday the first Coffs Coast students put their knowledge to the test, sitting the Business Studies exam.

Today more than 67,000 of their peers across the State and even overseas will sit for their English exams.

A record 71,310 students are sitting for their HSC this year including students in Honk Kong, Malyasia, Indonesia, Singapore and Papua New Guinea.

Over the 18 days of examinations they will answer questions printed on 13 million pages of paper.

Across 111 courses they will fill in two million writing books which will in turn by assessed by 7000 markers.

For the record 510 students with the surname ‘Smith’ head the list of HSC aspirants closely followed by 459 with the name ‘Nguyen’.

The most popular christian names this year are Jessica ( 540 students) and Matthew (436 students).

They will all know their results on December 15.

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