Gce Advanced Level

Students face shortage of places on mainland

Only about half the mainland universities that accept local students exam-free are expected to have places left for the last round of enrolments starting today.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:07pm

Private institutions face deluge of applications

Privately funded institutions are dealing with a flood of applications as pupils who face missing out on one of the limited number of subsidised degree places seek a convenient, if expensive, alternative.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Students take leap into the unknown

Kate Tsoi, a high school leaver who will learn of her scores in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education exams today, says: 'There are no past papers, no past grades and almost nothing to refer to.'

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

10,000 students miss out

Today will be nerve-wracking for thousands of students awaiting exam results - particularly for those who will miss out on a university place despite meeting academic requirements.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Interns must become the architects of their own destiny

Each year I receive several requests for reference letters in support of students' applications for internships and summer jobs. A summer internship allows students to check out a career path that interests them.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Final bow for that exam

Good luck to the 41,000 candidates who will be receiving their Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) results today. This year marks the end of an era in the history of Hong Kong education - the final HKALE, better known as the A-levels, was held a few weeks ago.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The end of a teenage rite of passage after 32 years

For 32 years, the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations (A-levels) were the bane of every school pupil's existence - determining their destiny and serving as the gatekeeper to university.

A-levels exams were taken by Form Seven pupils for the last time this year - ending a tradition that has become a rite of passage.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Half of final A-level crop falls short

Thousands of Form Seven pupils are about to start scrambling for their futures when they receive the results of the last Hong Kong A-level examinations.

More than half of the last batch of pupils sent by public schools to take the university exam will fail to get a place at a public university.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Difference in diploma programmes a matter of breadth versus depth

Parents often ask me how different international schools compare. Yet no one has asked about how students' abilities and needs compare with the demands of the secondary school diploma they will be undertaking.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Silence falls as pupils start city's last A-levels

Around 40,000 secondary school pupils converged on examination halls across the city yesterday, as the final round of the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination got under way.

They will be the last batch of pupils to take the A-level exams before the city switches next year to the Hong Kong Diploma for Secondary Education exams for entrance into local universities.

24 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Pupils enter race for university places

Leo Tang Cheuk-fung is among the last generation of Hongkongers to take the A-Level examinations. But he is too busy hitting the books to think about that.

Over the next couple of months, the 19-year-old, who attends a government secondary school in Ma On Shan, will join about 40,000 other Form Seven students sitting the exams.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Students are under enough pressure

It is the usual depressing season for public examinations. Those who have gone through this stage will agree that the Hong Kong exam is a dreadful experience. In the coming weeks, some 70,000 students will be gearing up for the final battle that determines whether they will leave school for work or move up to university.

12 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Exam changes urged

The Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority plans to release the results of the Hong Kong Diploma for Secondary Education earlier next year to give universities more time to handle applications.

'Universities want to see the scores earlier,' said Tong Chong-sze, the authority's secretary general.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

5,000 eye mainland

About 5,000 Hong Kong students have applied to top mainland universities, including Tsinghua and Fudan, since February 20. Applications end today.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Taiwan makes it easier for HK students

A low result or failing the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education liberal studies paper will not affect those who want to apply for a place at a university in Taiwan.

As a record number of Hong Kong pupils prepare for this year's university entry examinations, Taiwanese universities have adopted a lenient attitude towards the results of a core subject under the diploma.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am