After learning about Buddhism in Studies of Religion II, Rebecca Comensoli said she wanted to visit Tibet.
The St Joseph's Catholic High School student sat the two-unit HSC religion exam in Albion Park yesterday, finishing 1½ hours after her friend, Hallie Warrener, who sat the one-unit religion test.
Learning about other cultures throughout the course appealed to Rebecca, 17, who hopes to travel overseas next year with Hallie.
The exam was "mostly as expected" although "some questions were very specific", she said.
Hallie, also 17, said the one-unit religion exam was "pretty standard" but not that easy.
"It was all right, I sort of knew what I was talking about," she said.
"Going over past papers you find that most exams ask the same kind of questions."
Although Studies of Religion I is a compulsory subject for the Catholic school students, Rebecca chose to take the two-unit course "to get more variety" by studying Islam and Buddhism in addition to Christianity.
"We learnt not only about the religions but also the cultures," she said.
"I really want to go overseas.
"I loved my class, everyone just got along."
The two-unit class of 24 students had a triple lesson every fortnight, so they took food into class for the third hour to help them study.
"When we were so tired and over it, it was really nice because it brought us closer together," she said.
Studies of Religion teacher Frances Schneider said the class shared their ideas and knowledge using Google Docs.
"They've all worked really well together," she said.
"We also had morning teas together. Food is always a good way to bring people together."
The HSC subject "gives the students an opportunity to learn about other cultures and other backgrounds" and after finishing school, when they went out into the big wide world, the students had a background knowledge of other beliefs and cultures, Mrs Schneider said.