Region - Almost 43,000 Victorian students sat the VCE English exam on Wednesday, including those from Ararat College, Marian College and Lake Bolac College, marking the beginning of the written exam period.
Minister for Education Martin Dixon wished all students good luck for the exam season, which runs until November 21.
"It is a big day for the students sitting the VCE English exam, and a great opportunity to demonstrate the results of all the hard work they've put in to get to this point," Mr Dixon said.
On Wednesday 42,953 students sat the VCE English exam and 3,288 students sat 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.
The most popular subjects this year are: English (42,953 students), further mathematics (30,810), mathematical methods CAS) (16,022), psychology (15,855) and 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.
"It is important to remember that whatever the outcome, there are many paths to career success after school," he said.