YEAR 12 students around Victoria have embarked on their home stretch as end-of-year exams began on Wednesday.
Beginning with their longest test, the VCE English exam, on October 27, students said they were relieved that the end was in sight.
Bendigo Senior Secondary College year 12 student Bianca Murley said she was glad to get her first exam out of the way.
"I think it went pretty well," she said.
"I think the questions were great, open ended and broad so you could put a lot of themes into them.
"It was easy to analyse arguments and that gave you a lot of opportunities to use different techniques, I think it was good.
"To have the first exam done, and the longest one we all have, I'm very relieved to have it out of the way.
"I feel a lot more prepared for my next one, you know what the conditions are like now so I feel a lot more relaxed now."
Bianca said the last 18 months had taken a toll on her studies, but there was also a bright side.
"But at the same time, it allowed me to develop more perseverance and I was really able to work on my skills and my ability to work independently," she said.
BSSC head of English and literature Angie Pollock said she was proud of every single student.
"I've been teaching these students for the past two years and we've really developed a good connection out of that," she said.
"Especially with COVID-19, I've seen them become incredibly resilient and really come together as a team to help each other out.
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"We're all so proud of them and wish them luck for the rest of their exams."
The VCE written exams will be conducted in compliance with the public health team's advice on school settings and gatherings to keep students, staff and exam supervisors safe.
VCE students who are primary close contacts have permission to attend their exams, while otherwise complying with the isolation orders that apply - 14 days for unvaccinated students, or seven days if they are fully vaccinated.
These students will sit exams in dedicated rooms with separate entrances either by themselves or safely distanced from other students who are also primary close contacts, depending on capacity - supervised by staff wearing face shields and enhanced PPE in safely ventilated rooms that are cleaned between each use.
Students will receive their results via email, at resultsandatar.vic.edu.au or via the VCE Results and ATAR app from 7:00am Thursday, December 16.
Statements of Results will also begin arriving in the mail from that day.
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