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Improving your HSC Extended Response Answer (Section IV)
Purpose of the Extended Response Question:
The Extended Response question is included in the HSC for Business Studies in order to assess a student's ability to:
- Achieve the course outcomes at the highest level
- Integrate their knowledge of business concepts with actual business case studies
- Respond to difficult and complex business questions.
- Write a long response which relates their learning of business concepts and terminology to business problems.
There is no set format for this question; two clear styles are commonly used.
- The traditional style: there are no headings although there is a logical sequence. This style is familiar to students and allows a logical flow of an argument.
- The answer that incorporates headings and some variety in the way information is presented. This style enables a student to better deconstruct the question and therefore ensure that all parts are answered. This format is also easier for markers to follow. In this style there may only be four major headings including an introduction and conclusion. Diagrams and tables etc may be incorporated.
Examiner's checklist of a quality answer:
- Key terms were understood
- Appropriate weight was given to each section
- Detailed understanding to relevant theory
- Case study (ies) to show depth and understanding
- Well constructed and logical
- Use of headings or clearly defined paragraphs.
- Adequate use of terms and concepts.
- Appropriate use of diagrams
- Effective introduction
- Effective conclusion.
- Evaluate a sample answer using the checklist
- Evaluate a sample answer in terms of its structure
- Complete the proforma for a sample question
- Expand this completed proforma into a full answer.