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Pupils take Australian exam

Durban - Top matriculants at Crawford La Lucia agree that their trial exams, which are set by the Australian Victoria Curriculum Assessment Authority, were “definitely” more challenging than the final matric exams.

Natalie Forrestill. Photo: Supplied. Credit: Supplied

Rather than write the national senior certificate for their trials, the pupils all prepare for and wrote the Victoria Curriculum Assessment Authority final grade exam, which, according to principal Jenny Coetzee, qualifies them for entrance into international universities.

With 10 distinctions in his final, Amir Anwary, 18, said pupils wrote seven subjects for the Australian exam and their final life orientation exam.

“I got seven distinctions,” he said.

While Kriyanka Naidoo, Nikhil Mohanlal and Micayla Pather – who all achieved nine distinctions – also scored distinctions in each subject in the Victoria exams, they found them more difficult than the finals.

Christina de Villiers, who has signed up for veterinary science at the University of Pretoria, scored distinctions in all nine subjects.

Natalie Forrestill said the science paper was the most difficult.

“I had a really scary moment, but then everything came right. English was my best, I just love writing and being creative,” she said.

With 23 pupils scoring eight distinctions or more, Coetzee said the class had exceeded expectations.

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