SCARLETT Redden, 17, and Emma Light, 18, from Richmond River High School were jumping for joy yesterday as the final day of the HSC examinations came to a close.
The moment they stepped out of their final exam - Visual Arts - was a milestone 13 years in the making and they were visibly relieved to have made it through their final acid test.
"I'm really tired and I'm happy it's all over and I guess it wasn't as bad as it could have been," Ms Light said.
"They make the HSC out to be so dramatic and while it was difficult, it was possible to get through it," Ms Redden said, adding she thought the first English exam three weeks ago was the hardest of the bunch.
And while many students partied until the sun came up this morning, the two young women didn't show much sign of slowing down or winding back, saying they wouldn't be having a big night as they were in drama performances next week.
"I think I'll have to go home and read over my lines," Ms Redden said with a sigh.
"I won't be doing anything crazy, but it's just going to be so nice to relax."
"I might get my Dad to buy me a drink, though," Ms Light said.
Unlike many students who take a year off or go straight into full-time work, Ms Redden and Ms Light weren't giving themselves much of a break from study.
"We've both applied to do art courses next year," Ms Light said.
"I'm thinking about going to Hobart because the course looks really good there," Ms Redden said.
They were among 75,000 students who read more than 14 million pages of exam questions in the HSC.
Board of Studies chief executive Carol Taylor said marking would be rigorous to maintain the integrity and fairness of the HSC.
Students will get their results on December 18.
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