The night before her exam Gabi Bow was looking up the employment, inflation and cash rates.
It was important to stay up-to-date for yesterday’s HSC economics exam, she said.
‘‘It helps to support your analysis in essays,’’ the 17-year-old said.
‘‘You have to show trends in the essay but also what’s happening right now.’’
The subject attracted Gabi because of its combination of maths and English skills.
‘‘I was never a science kind of person. It’s such a relevant topic to the world today, I think that’s what attracted me the most.’’
The St Mary Star of the Sea student said the exam was ‘‘pretty standard’’.
The only surprise was a missing question on case studies, she said.
‘‘Usually that’s a concept that’s brought up in every paper,’’ she said.
‘‘Our class learnt about China’s economy.
‘‘It’s an emerging economy with high growth rate, rising incomes, rising integration into the global economy.’’
Although the subject itself was difficult because of the concepts and terminology, Gabi said she most enjoyed learning about Australia’s economic issues.
‘‘Economic growth, unemployment, inflation, distribution of income and wealth, and environmental sustainability,’’ she said.
The HSC is almost over for Gabi, with one exam left. She has secured a traineeship with a Wollongong accounting firm, and early entry for a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Wollongong.
Economics teacher Terese Coleman said the nine students in her class worked together to get through the exams.
‘‘They had their own economics Facebook page,’’ she said.
Mrs Coleman said the HSC exam was straightforward and fair.
‘‘There was an equal balance of emphasis on the domestic and global economies,’’ she said.
‘‘A number of questions looked at inflation and unemployment and movements in the exchange rate.’’
Monday, October 28