Fairness concerns raised over HSC app packages

Mary Fogarty
Research Officer

BOSTES study resources, at a cost.

Equity issues associated with students accessing HSC study resources have been discussed with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES).

Federation's action was sparked by union members expressing concern about the cost of BOSTES's HSC Test Yourself app. The app can be downloaded free from either the Apple App store or Google Play but then students are also led to purchase packages of multiple choice questions for a range of HSC subjects. Prices per package range from $1.99 to $3.99.

Equity concerns have also been raised about the cost of HSC exam workbooks available as eBooks from iTunes at a cost of $20-$30 for each workbook. These workbooks include samples of top scoring student's responses from the 2013 HSC as well as markers specific and general comments. Print versions can also be ordered online from BOSTES.

BOSTES does, however, continue to provide a range of HSC study resources at no cost. For many years, the Board has provided a free multiple choice question package on its website. This program uses questions from the HSC examinations as a study tool for students. BOSTES also continues to provide past HSC exam papers, marking Guidelines, and Notes from the marking centre on their website.