At the 2008 MANSW conference hundreds of maths teachers had to endure quite a stark confusing message from the Board of Studies.

On the one hand, Chris Thompson, a high ranking official from the Board of Studies said quite clearly that it is, always has been, and always will be a Board of Studies policy that every exam must be able to be completed within the allocated time, and that exam committees are expected to construct exams with this in mind.

Then an Extension 2 Mathematics HSC Judge (Rodney Miller) got up and said he has never been able to complete an Extension 2 paper in the time allotted, and on average it takes him 6-10 hours to complete such an exam.

So when you do a past paper, can you finish it on time?

And BTW, whose side are you on, Chris's or Rodney's?

On the one hand, Chris Thompson, a high ranking official from the Board of Studies said quite clearly that it is, always has been, and always will be a Board of Studies policy that every exam must be able to be completed within the allocated time, and that exam committees are expected to construct exams with this in mind.

Then an Extension 2 Mathematics HSC Judge (Rodney Miller) got up and said he has never been able to complete an Extension 2 paper in the time allotted, and on average it takes him 6-10 hours to complete such an exam.

So when you do a past paper, can you finish it on time?

And BTW, whose side are you on, Chris's or Rodney's?

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