OK, I'm pretty terrible in VCE maths methods.

In year 11 last year, my average was about 57%.

I also do further and am an A+ student, I'm trying to aim for that 50 in further yet I need to balance methods so I'm afraid I'm gonna neglect further since methods a weaker subject of mine.

I am aiming to split my time into further more to perfect the subject.. so I'll be neglecting methods for a bit.

What SAC marks and exam scores do I roughly have to get in order to get a 30?

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2 Answers

Best answer

You can't really answer this easily.

Let's do a top-down estimation:

To get a 30 you are average in the entire VCE. So depending on how average your school is, you either need to do the following for SACs:

  • average (if your school is average)
  • better than average (if your school is under average)
  • worse than average (if your school is above average)

Because schools set their own SAC scores, it's not as easy as saying an "A" or a "B" or "C". You need to find out how much the average is to get a sense.

In the exam, the VCAA examiners reports (http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/vce/studies/mathematics/cas/casexams.aspx) give you an idea of how students answered each question. From there you should be able to calculate the historical averages of each exam. Note that difficulty of exams can very from year to year, so you can't always use that as judgment.

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I think this ATAR Calculator (http://www.hscatarcalculator.com.au/) might be able to help answer that in terms of some of the calculations.

If you have a look through the study-score tag you'll notice a lot of questions about calculating study scores and ATAR scores.

Here's a few highlights from other answers that might be useful for you:

This is basically impossible to answer, I'm afraid...

It depends on how strict or lenient you school is when it comes to
grading the SACs. Your course work scores will be moderated based on
exam performance compared to other schools.

All you can do is your best and revise theory until you are an expert
so you ace the exam. The exam swings everything!

Source: MrBates, Merspi User, VCE English and IT Applications Teacher based in Melbourne

From the VCAA website for some additional background understanding:

A study score shows how well you have performed in a study at Unit 3
and 4 level, compared to everybody else in Victoria who took that
study. Study scores calculated by the VCAA will be used by the
Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) to calculate the ATAR.

The maximum study score is 50. Each year, and for every study, the
mean study score is set at 30. A score of between 23 and 37 shows that
you are in the middle range of students; a score of more than 38
indicates that you are in the top 15%.

For studies with large enrolments (1,000 or more):

2% of students will get a score on or above 45 9% of students will get
a score on or above 40 26% of students will get a score on or above 35
53% of students will get a score on or above 30 78% of students will
get a score on or above 25 93% of students will get a score on or
above 20.

Source: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/pages/faqs/vcecurrentstudents.aspx#H3N100EE

So, the short answer is (as MrBates aptly said):

This is basically impossible to answer because it really depends on how your school marks your SACs. They might be strict. They might be lenient. Furthermore, everything you do is moderated based upon your exam performance (which is compared to other schools.)

So my advice would be: don't worry too much about crunching numbers. Just focus on study, revision, understanding all the theory, doing practice exams and doing everything you can to maximize your score and ace your exam. Even if you do poorly in your SACs, your exam performance can "override" that to some degree.

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