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Can you answer these four tricky HSC questions?

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Are you smarter than a twelfth grader? 9Honey Parenting has pulled some of the more challenging HSC questions students have faced in past years, so you can test yourself.

Today, the current cohort of Year 12 students have begun their final exams. After a gruelling two years of studying, pandemic and uncertainty, parents and children alike may be more than relieved to see the back end of the HSC. 

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For many of us, the HSC is a long and distant memory and the sheer difficulty of the exam is often an afterthought for those who have long been out of school. Have a crack at some previous questions:


Which pair of components must be equal for a chemical system to be at equilibrium?

A. The rate of the forward reaction and the rate of the reverse reaction
B. The concentrations of the reactants and the concentrations of the products
C. The enthalpy of the forward reaction and the enthalpy of the reverse reaction
D. The time that an atom exists in a reactant molecule and in a product molecule

Mathematics Standard 2

A total of 11 400 people entered a running race. The ratio of professional runners to amateurs was 3 : 16. All the professional runners completed the race while 600 of the amateurs did not complete the race. For those who completed the race, what is the ratio, in simplest form, of professional runners to amateurs?

A. 1:2
B. 1:5
C. 1:8
D. 1:19

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Which of the following criteria must be met for a city to be classified as a world city?

A. It is a capital city.
B. It is a regional hub for trade and tourism.
C. It has a population of more than 10 million people.
D. It has developed responses to the challenges within the city.

Legal Studies

A mobile detection camera captures a motor vehicle driver illegally using their phone. If the matter goes to court, which of the following must be proven?

A. Mens Rea
B. Actus Reus
C: Mens Rea and causation
D: Mens Rea, Actus Reus and causation

Answers below…

Q1: A
Q2: B
Q3: B
Q4: B


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