REGION - Stawell Secondary College students were among almost 43,000 in Victoria who commenced their exams last week.
Students sat the first of their exams last Wednesday, English and will continue to work through the remainder of the exam season through to November 21.
Education Minister Martin Dixon said 42,953 students sat their English exam last week, with 3,288 students sitting the English as an Additional Language exam.
In total 82,886 students will sit at least one written VCE exam, and 51,047 students are eligible to graduate with their VCE in 2013.
Mr Dixon said the most popular subjects this year are:
English (42,953 students).
Further Mathematics (30,810).
Mathematical Methods (CAS) (16,022).
Health and Human Development (14,272).
More than 3,000 assessors will mark the written exams, and students will sit their written exams in 500 centres across Victoria.
Mr Dixon said while the exams were important, there were many pathways into further education and careers for students after school.
"I'm sure there will be a lot of nerves for students and parents alike," Mr Dixon said.
"It is important to remember that whatever the outcome, there are many paths to career success after school."
The VCE results will be available at 7am on Monday, December 16. Students can access the results online, by SMS (pre-register) or by mail.