Stressing About Your SACs? Here’s 3 Things You Can Do To Maximise Your SAC Performance

April 27, 2018
Posted in ATAR, HSC, QCE
April 27, 2018 Tutors Australia

Let’s keep this short and sweet because you’ve got a SAC to prepare for.

What Is A SAC?

If we’re going to be totally honest here, a SAC is exactly the same as any old high school test or assignment, except, you get ranked within your class. Students tend to freak out at the thought of SACs without fully understanding their purpose but it’s important to learn how it really works so you have an idea for what to expect.

Every school has different SACs created by their own teachers. Some schools may have more difficult papers than others. But actually, it doesn’t matter because the score you receive isn’t as important as the ranking you receive in your class. After auditing and the final exam, your entire class’s SAC marks actually get scaled, but your ranking will stay the same. Essentially, do well relative to your classmates, work together as a class to all do well in the final exam and you have smashed the SAC component of the course.

With That Said…

SACs are designed so that it’s very difficult to do extremely well, but also equally as difficult to do extremely poorly. All the questions and content (with the exception of a few poster/presentation formatted SAC) are based on material that already exists – previous SACs, VCAA questions on the topic and the study design. So in order to surpass your classmates in SAC results, there are 3 things you need to do on top of the revision you’re all already given:

1. Ask the teacher for previous SACs on the topic. Although many teachers refuse to do this because they often repeat the same questions, you can still ask past Year 12 students if they kept their old SAC papers.

2. Search through past VCAA exam papers for questions on the topic. Checkpoints is an awesome resource you can buy which already does this for you. It’s crucial to do VCAA style questions early because chances are your teachers are replicating similar material for your SAC.

3. Read the study design carefully and determine exactly what can be asked and how it can be asked with respect to that specific topic. There is no point in revising extra material that is not on the study design and will never be examined.

Finally, have a great night sleep beforehand. There is really nothing better you can do the night before a SAC than to rest your ticking mind.

We promise you’ll feel amazing afterwards.

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