Some Ulladulla High School students left the exam room with feelings of assurance and relief after the second day of their end-of-school exams.
Day two of the 2019 HSC kicked-off for 153 Ulladulla students with the second English paper.
Standard English students Oska Henry and Leroy Lidbetter and advanced English students Rosie Riddick and Megan Jeffers each felt the second day was better than the first.
"It was alright, it's not as a stressful as everyone says it is," Oska said.
Paper one was a challenge because they had to analyse an unknown text, Leroy said.
"Paper two was easier because there were no unseen texts."
Megan and Rosie both said the advanced paper had broader, more generic questions than the first paper.
"It was similar [in difficulty to the first], but the questions were better in a way," Megan said.
"Section one was heaps good, section two was good except I had a bit of a blank, and section three was fine."
"It was a lot nicer than yesterday," Rosie said.
"It was easier to apply what we had studied."
Rosie said some students were worried about being limited in writing styles when it came to the third section. However, the question gave them an option to choose between writing styles.
"I chose imaginative, the easy way out," she said.
"The reflection was good. I really liked that because you're asked to remember a lot. It was a good way to end the exam."
Oska has four exams remaining that he will be more prepared for. He's found success by breaking up his study by going for a surf.
"You can't sit for eight hours straight," he said.
Leroy also has four left - geography, physics, agriculture and tourism. He's found himself revising his study notes he created when the trial HSC exams were held.
Rosie has a two-and-a-half week break until she four exams in four days - legal studies, society and culture, French continuers and geography.
While Megan has six more exams - mathematics, extension mathematics, chemistry, physics, ext. science and society and culture. With her moving house last weekend, she's hopeful of unpacking a few boxes to help her revise.