# Can you still b6 if your rank isn't that good (1 Viewer)

#### minjihypeboy

##### New Member
Assuming that your rank isn't terrible, like top 20 but your school gets around 5-10 b6s a year. Would a b6 still be possible with an externals comeback

#### jimmysmith560

##### Le Phénix Trilingue
Moderator
Assuming that your cohort's performance is similar to average past cohort performance, your rank likely means that you are on track with an Assessment Mark in the band 5 range. If that ends up being the case, an overall HSC mark in the band 6 range may be possible, provided that you achieve an Examination Mark that is sufficiently high that the average of both marks would produce an overall HSC mark in the band 6 range. Here, the higher your Assessment Mark ends up being, the greater your chances of achieving an overall HSC mark in the band 6 range for the subject if you also perform favourably in the subject's HSC exam. Additionally, a higher Assessment Mark means that you can get a slightly lower Examination Mark and still achieve a band 6 overall.

Let us consider some examples. Suppose that your rank in the subject leads to an Assessment Mark of 85. In this case, achieving a band 6 overall would require an Examination Mark of 95, as follows:

$\bg_white \text{HSC mark}=\frac{\text{Assessment Mark}+\text{Examination Mark}}{2}=\frac{85+95}{2}=90$

On the other hand, if your rank translates into a higher Assessment Mark within the band 5 range, such as 88, you would instead only need an Examination Mark of 92, as follows:

$\bg_white \text{HSC mark}=\frac{\text{Assessment Mark}+\text{Examination Mark}}{2}=\frac{88+92}{2}=90$

Of course, you will not know your Assessment Mark until you receive your HSC results. Because of this, it is important to do your utmost in preparation for the subject's HSC exam, so that you can perform at the highest standard and consequently have the best chance of achieving a band 6 overall.

I hope this helps!

#### minjihypeboy

##### New Member
so theoretically you would need an assessment mark of minimum 80, which you would then need an 100 for your examination mark (which I know is unrealstic) to b6.

#### jimmysmith560

##### Le Phénix Trilingue
Moderator
so theoretically you would need an assessment mark of minimum 80, which you would then need an 100 for your examination mark (which I know is unrealstic) to b6.
Yes, this is technically correct. Since each mark contributes 50% of your overall HSC mark, your example also leads to a band 6 overall.