Bos Modern History Marking Criteria Assignment

Navigating the BOSTES website to find past papers can be a major pain, so here’s a quick and easy list of HSC Modern History Past Papers!

Not all of the years have marking guidelines unfortunately, and some of the older papers include questions on topics/content no longer covered, but they’re still useful. Going over past questions can help you figure out what kind of questions you may be asked in the HSC and how to deconstruct them.

HSC Past Papers

Other Past Papers

Abbotsleigh 2001 Modern History TrialClick me!
Roseville 2001 Modern History TrialClick me!
St Augustines 2010 Modern History TrialClick me!
Knox Grammar 2010 Modern History TrialClick me!
Knox Grammar 2011 Modern History TrialClick me!
Knox Grammar 2012 Modern History TrialClick me!
North Sydney Girls 2014 Modern History TrialClick me!

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HSC and Preliminary assessment grids for Modern History

The samples illustrate one way in which an assessment program can be constructed to meet the Board’s parameters that three to five tasks are sufficient for a two unit course. It shows that a variety of tasks can be used and that, overall, the weighting requirements for each of the assessment components are met.

There are many other ways in which similar HSC and Preliminary assessment grids could be constructed that may involve different types of tasks, timing of tasks and weightings given to each task.

Schools may use the assessment grids without modification, or change them to suit their particular needs, being mindful that the weightings for each of the assessment components in the HSC course are mandatory.

ComponentTask 1
The Civil Rights Movement in the USA
Task 2
Decolonisation in Indochina 1945-1954
Task 3
The World at the Beginning of the 20th Century
Task 4
Research and in-class essaySource analysisHistorical investigation  
Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 3 
P1.1, P2.1, P3.2, P3.5, P4.2P1.1, P2.1, P3.2, P3.3, P3.4, P3.5P1.2, P3.1, P3.2, P3.5, P4.2P1.1, P1.2, P2.1, P3.3, P3.4, P4.1, P4.2 
Knowledge and understanding of content  103040
Source-based skills 15 520
Historical inquiry and research10 10 20
Communication of historical understanding in appropriate forms5510 20
ComponentTask 1
World War I
Task 2
Alexandra Kollontai
Task 3
Russia & Soviet Union
Task 4
UN as Peacekeeper
Task 5
Trial HSC Examination
Source analysisResearch and in-class essay Perspectives and interpretations Research and presentation  
Year 11 Term 4Term 1Term 2Term 2/3Term 3 
H1.1, H1.2, H3.3, H3.4, H4.1 H1.2, H2.1, H3.1, H3.2, H4.2. H1.1, H3.1, H3.2, H3.4, H3.5, H4.2 H2.1, H3.3, H3.5, H4.2 H1.1, H1.2, H2.1, H3.3, H3.4, H4.1, H4.2 
Knowledge and understanding of content5 1052040
Source-based skills10   1020
Historical inquiry and research 10 10 20
Communication of historical understanding in appropriate forms 5105 20


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