Some teachers have criticised this week's Year 12 English exam for placing too much emphasis on "wishy-washy" creative writing questions instead of asking students to write essays.
They said this reduced the need to study texts such as books and films before the exam.
"There are so many of those wishy-washy creative questions," one private school teacher said of the stage 3 paper which students sat on Thursday.
"You could walk into that exam with one short story that you know well and a film and you would be able to gun it."
Many teachers discourage students from attempting creative writing questions under the pressure of exam conditions because they believe it does not give them a chance to show what they have learnt during the year.
A teacher from another private school said that asking students to write about a summer they remembered was too "mickey mouse" for stage 3 level.
"Most kids feel more comfortable in 60 minutes writing a text-based response than a creative response," he said.
Curriculum Council acting chief executive Allan Blagaich said feedback on the English exams had been positive.
"To achieve high marks for text-based and creative writing questions, students would need to demonstrate their understanding of sophisticated concepts," he said. "All six questions require the correct mastery and control of the mechanics of writing."
Teachers and students have also complained about the documents used in the Australian section of the modern history stage 3 exam.
They said the course was meant to start from 1920, but much of the information in the documents dated back to 1902, which students had not studied.
A State school history teacher said though the question was only eight marks, throwing it "out of left field" could have caused students to panic and perform poorly on other questions.
But History Teachers Association president Louise Secker said the document was relevant because it referred to renewal of a treaty after 1920.
She said the purpose of a document study was to test students' abilities as historians, not their knowledge of the source.
Mr Blagaich said the sources examined the syllabus correctly.
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