Looking for HSC Modern History past papers to practice your skills and apply your knowledge? You’ve come to the right place.
This year in your HSC Modern History course you’ve had the opportunity to apply your understanding of sources and relevant issues in the investigation of the modern world. Through a core study, you’ve investigated the nature of power and authority between the years of 1919 and 1946. You’ve also studied key features in the history of one nation, one study in peace and conflict, and one study of change in the modern world.
The HSC Modern History Syllabus was revised in 2017, so doing past exam papers from 2017 onward will give you a good idea of what to expect in your final exams. We’ve however got HSC Modern History past papers from 2002 onwards to help you.
We’ve organised the past papers by course and year, naming the links as accurately as possible. If you find any errors, please let us know.
Sometimes, there is only a marking guide available, in others, the marking guide contains sample answers as well. The table usually shows each question and the criteria with each mark or mark range.
3 Tips to Help you Prepare for Your HSC Modern History Exam
- Create Super Summaries. There is a heap of content to get your head around. Make it as easy for yourself as possible by creating summaries of all the content that needs to be covered. Keep re-summarising your summaries until you have uber-concise super summaries. Your goal should be geared to answering one question – How would I use this information to answer an exam question?
- Interpret the Content. You can’t only memorise and spit out names, dates and facts. You need to make judgments, suggest explanations, and assess the value of what you know. You can do this by referencing the ideas of other leading historians, and by formulating and expressing an opinion of your own as long as you can support this with evidence and analysis.
- Practice is Your Best Friend. This is especially the case when it comes to writing essays and working on source study material. Practice interpreting the elements of a source and its place in history. You need to know as much about the historical period the source comes from, then you’ll have the background knowledge to relate to the source. Also, answer as many practice questions from HSC Modern History past papers as you can. This will also help you practice your exam time management skills.
3 Tips to Help you Ace Your HSC Modern History Exam
- Answer the Question. Continually ask yourself, “Am I answering the question?” Examiners are not only testing whether you can memorise facts but if you can use those facts. Use the words and synonyms of words from the question in every topic sentence you write. Ensure your response also engages with multiple issues and debates and that every point you make supports answering the question asked.
- Use Specific, Accurate, Relevant and Detailed Examples. Examiners are looking to see if you can interpret information, but you also need to have the correct information to interpret. That means you also have to memorise a lot of facts. This is so you back up every substantive sentence with evidence. This can be a date, a number, a quote, just about anything at all. Once you have presented the facts you can draw whatever conclusions you like.
- Write Unique Responses. Get the marker’s attention. Produce your own perspective as evidence of your own deep analytical thought, strengthening your own conclusions as you prove your argument as most relevant. Your perspective is as valuable as any prominent historian as long as you can show how and why you believe as you do.
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