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What subjects should a student pick to best maximise their potential ENTER score?

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A student shouldn't pick a subject which they see as "maximising" their ENTER.

Which subjects should I choose

At the VCE level one should play by their STRENGTHS and pick subjects they have an interest in and some knowledge in order to stand out against the 40,000 odd students who partake in VCE.

Subjects which scale up however, such as Specialist Mathematics, a LOTE, Sciences can allow students who get a raw score of 20 for example to climb up to 30+ depending on the subject. However that does not guarantee you will gain this increment, especially if you are not interested in the subject or are weak in it.

Choosing a high scaling subject over an average subject
A student may undertake specialist maths for example just to gain the higher scaled result, only to miserably perform badly and get a raw of 10 for example, which scales up to 13 based on last years data. In this case a student would have been better off choosing a subject they perform well in and maybe even gets scaled down. For example choosing Business Management, and performing better to get a 40 raw, which even with scaling still provides a better outcome

Why do subjects get scaled up/down
The reason subjects get scaled up/down is to reflect the difficulty of it, and the strength of the cohort. It would be unfair if a person who undertakes a difficult LOTE subject such as Latin to get scaled down or not get scaled at all, compared to someone who does a relatively easier subject such as Business Management. The Government has also placed scaling on the learning of LTE to encourage students to learn another language.

What NOT to do
Many students fall into the trap of doing a LOTE just so to gain the scaling, and they fail to realise the difficulty and revision necessary to perform well. A LOTE subject requires immense periods of reading, writing, speaking, and may see a lot of time sacrificed.

Where to get more help
Your teachers and career advisor's are a great source for more information and can help you choose subjects which you are good at.

Speak to your career advisor to know which ones to pick as they may be required as a prerequisite to your University course.

Your teacher can provide you with information on what is required in your interested subject, and can recommend whether you are capable in it.

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"A student shouldn't pick a subject which they see as "maximising" their ENTER."

Nonsense! If that is what they value, then that is what they should do! That's what I did.

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If you have the overall academic ability, then there should be nothing stopping you from loading up on high scaling subjects, regardless of your 'passion' in those subjects.

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It might be worth playing around with entercalc.merspi.com. Of course, you need to consider that getting particular scores in some subjects might be harder than others for you, so don't go rushing off to plug in Specialist Maths if you know you're a maths dud and a history brain!

Leverage your strengths, know your weaknesses!

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