HSC Biology 2022 Exam Breakdown (One of the Hardest?)

The 2022 HSC Biology past paper was a little different to normal. From breaking down the HSC biology 2022 question distribution, style of question and what was assessed the most, valuable insights were found so you can focus your efforts for the HSC to get the marks you deserve. Keep reading to find out what you should study and prepare for. The best way to predict the future is to understand the past. Hope this helps.

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Breakdown of the paper:

Compared to the past few years, this exam paper had a good balance of modules with a nice spread across different topics.

This time round there seemed to be more focus on punnet squares and inheritance patterns then previous years multiple choice. I also found the multiple choice this year to have been substantially easier then previous years.

For me the hardest question was question 31, which was a 15 mark multipart question. However, the question was broken down into smaller parts which made it easier and definitely approachable.

Questions by mark for short answer HSC Biology 2022:

Question Mark ValueNumber of Questions
11
25
37
43
52
62
72

Key take away:

  • The two big 7 markers were module 5 (heredity) and module 7 (infectious disease).
  • The highest mark this year for a single question was lower then previous years only being 7 marks.
  • The most frequent question was worth 3 marks so make sure you are good and doing explain style questions.

Question marks by module for short answer HSC Biology 2022:

ModuleNumber of questionsTotal mark value
Heredity (mod 5)83 + 3 + 6 + 1 + 3 + 3 + 4 + 7 = 30
Genetic technology (mod 6)42 + 2 + 2 + 5 = 11
Infectious disease (mod 7)32 + 3 + 7 = 12
Non-infectious disease (mod 8)46 + 4 + 3 + 4 =17
General skills and data interpretation22 + 5 + 3= 10

Key take away:

  • Keep in mind some questions had cross over when you read and interpret what this data is saying
Visual representation of my mind after sitting the HSC Biology 2022 exam

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