Classical Hebrew exams: ‘Not too many surprises’
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Classical Hebrew exams: ‘Not too many surprises’

'The students were generally satisfied with both papers and felt confident that it assessed their knowledge'.

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HSC students who sat the Classical Hebrew Continuers and Extension exams have been largely positive about the papers.

Acting head of Jewish life and learning at Moriah College Ronnen Grauman, who teaches classical Hebrew, commented that both exams were challenging with some difficult questions. 

“The students were generally satisfied with both papers and felt confident that it assessed their knowledge,” he said. 

“It did require them to apply their knowledge, which is what we focus on when teaching them throughout the year.”

Moriah year 12 student Eytan Taub said Grauman “prepared us well” for the Hebrew Continuers exam. 

“There weren’t too many surprises and most of us were very happy with how it went. In regard to the extension exam, it was similar to last years’ if not a little bit harder, and we all felt that we were well prepared and able to answer the questions,” he said.

Kesser Torah College (KTC) teacher Rabbi Dr Ari Lobel said he had received positive feedback on both papers from all the students he had spoken to.

“There seems to be a general consensus among the students that they were both very fair exams,” he said.

KTC year 12 girls’ high school student Chana Dadon said of the Classical Hebrew Continuers exam, “The unseen part was very lengthy, but overall it was a good exam and the questions were very straightforward.”

KTC year 12 boys’ high school student Koby Berkovits said he felt very prepared and comfortable with the extracts and questions in the Classical Hebrew Extension paper. 

“I enjoyed answering the essay question which was very broad but gave me a chance to think about how the syllabus was relevant to our lives,” he said.

Fellow KTC year 12 boys’ high school student Rafi Franklin said the test “was easier than expected”. 

“The essay question was good, asking about the Talmud’s role in guiding one towards a Jewish life.” 

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