Should I continue EEX2? (1 Viewer)

Rattlehead15

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I love writing and I've dreamed of doing this subject since I was in like yr8. But we got our AT1s back (Viva Voce) and I've ranked last (6/6). This was mostly due to my teachers seeing gaps in my research and overall not liking my idea for my major work short story. I'm just wondering, considering how much your rank matters for the HSC, is it worth keeping this subject? If I write an amazing major work will my marks just be given to everyone else in the class due to my low ranking?
 

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Whether you should keep English Extension 2 is dependent on two factors, the first being whether you would be prepared to drop a subject that you were extremely excited to take and the second being whether you strongly believe that you can improve your position by performing well in your upcoming school-based assessment tasks for this subject. The fact that you are passionate about this subject could suggest that you would be open to considering keeping this subject since the option of dropping it implies that you are taking more than 10 units and that English Extension 2 may not necessarily count towards your ATAR (assuming it ends up being your worst performing subject). While not a very practical option, it would still allow you to experience the subject that you were hoping to take for so long. Of course, keeping it with the aim of improving your performance is naturally a better course of action.

Your rank for English Extension 2 (and your other subjects for that matter) is determined through your performance in your school-based (internal) assessment tasks, such as the Viva Voce. Your rank is used to determine your Assessment Mark, being the mark that reflects your internal performance and contributes 50% of your HSC mark (final mark) for this subject. Examination Marks (external marks) are also used in this process. In your case, if your final rank remains 6/6, your own Assessment Mark will be adjusted to equal the lowest external mark of any student in your cohort. From this point, the higher your rank, the higher your Assessment Mark is likely to be.

However, this does not extend to your performance in your own external component for this subject (i.e. your Major Work). This means that, if you perform favourably in your Major Work, you will receive a favourable external mark regardless of your rank relative to your cohort. With that being said, your external mark would still be used in determining the Assessment Mark of another student in your cohort. For example, if your Major Work ends up getting you the highest external mark in your cohort, the Assessment Mark of the student ranked first will be adjusted to equal your external mark.

I hope this helps! :D
 

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Whether you should keep English Extension 2 is dependent on two factors, the first being whether you would be prepared to drop a subject that you were extremely excited to take and the second being whether you strongly believe that you can improve your position by performing well in your upcoming school-based assessment tasks for this subject. The fact that you are passionate about this subject could suggest that you would be open to considering keeping this subject since the option of dropping it implies that you are taking more than 10 units and that English Extension 2 may not necessarily count towards your ATAR (assuming it ends up being your worst performing subject). While not a very practical option, it would still allow you to experience the subject that you were hoping to take for so long. Of course, keeping it with the aim of improving your performance is naturally a better course of action.

Your rank for English Extension 2 (and your other subjects for that matter) is determined through your performance in your school-based (internal) assessment tasks, such as the Viva Voce. Your rank is used to determine your Assessment Mark, being the mark that reflects your internal performance and contributes 50% of your HSC mark (final mark) for this subject. Examination Marks (external marks) are also used in this process. In your case, if your final rank remains 6/6, your own Assessment Mark will be adjusted to equal the lowest external mark of any student in your cohort. From this point, the higher your rank, the higher your Assessment Mark is likely to be.

However, this does not extend to your performance in your own external component for this subject (i.e. your Major Work). This means that, if you perform favourably in your Major Work, you will receive a favourable external mark regardless of your rank relative to your cohort. With that being said, your external mark would still be used in determining the Assessment Mark of another student in your cohort. For example, if your Major Work ends up getting you the highest external mark in your cohort, the Assessment Mark of the student ranked first will be adjusted to equal your external mark.

I hope this helps! :D
Cheers, this was very informative. I'll take this all into consideration :)
 

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Like Jimmy said it’s implied you have >10 units so doesn’t have to count to your ATAR. So you definitely have the possibility of continuing the subject “for fun”. That’s what my mentality for doing music was (also means I can do something enjoyable - music - and call it studying).
 

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