HKDSE - Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

The Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education examination is administered by the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority. Most candidates take four core subjects - Chinese and English languages, mathematics and liberal studies - and two or three elective subjects. Results are divided into five levels, with 5 being the highest. A Level 5 with the best performance will be awarded a 5**.

What's it like for Hong Kong ethnic minority students to take DSE, the city's university entrance exams?

What's it like for Hong Kong ethnic minority students to take DSE, the city's university entrance exams?

As Hong Kong secondary school students get their DSE (Hong Kong's university entrance exams) results Wednesday, SCMP.tv talks to some of the city's ethnic minority students to find out what's it like for them to take DSE. 

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Room for improvement in education

Students wait for interview of associate degree programmes in HKU SPACE Community College. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Graduate unemployment is not just personal. It represents a waste of a community's resources. Unfortunately, except for the top echelon of students, a university education has long since been no guarantee of a job.

8 May 2015 - 9:08am 1 comment

Behind the exam results: a system that's driving students to defection

Changes in the DSE exam results reflect its ongoing evolution. Photo: SCMP

For another crop of local secondary school graduates, the day of reckoning has finally arrived. This year, results of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) exams show numbers that call for thoughtful interpretation.

8 May 2015 - 9:08am 5 comments

Top DSE students of the class of 2014 voice concerns over future of Hong Kong

Top DSE students of the class of 2014 voice concerns over future of Hong Kong

The future of Hong Kong weighed on the young minds of some of the city's best and brightest, even as they moved closer to the pursuit of their dreams.

8 May 2015 - 9:08am 10 comments

12 stand out from university 'in' crowd with seven 5** grades

12 stand out from university 'in' crowd with seven 5** grades

A record 12 high-flying students have stood out from this year's Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination, as the percentage of students meeting the basic requirements for local university admission increased.

8 May 2015 - 9:08am 5 comments

Overseas universities are happy with HKDSE, but getting a place is still competitive

A total of 79,615 sat this year's exam. Photo: Jonathan Wong

There will be no shortage of study options for students who receive their Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) results today.

8 May 2015 - 9:08am 1 comment

A-level students rejected by Hong Kong universities

A-level students rejected by Hong Kong universities

Students who repeated the now-defunct A-level examination this year say they were "trapped" by the government, and are unable to study further even though some of them got two or three A grades in their exams.

8 May 2015 - 9:08am

Exam board reduces penalty for DSE cheats

The 23 pupils from Modern College whose Chinese-language scores were invalidated for plagiarism have had their penalties reduced and were given partial grades in the subject. Photo: David Wong

The 23 pupils from Modern College whose Chinese-language scores were invalidated for plagiarism have had their penalties reduced and were given partial grades in the subject, the examination board said yesterday.

8 May 2015 - 9:08am

Any search engine can uncover exam cheats, says head of exam body

Modern College chief principal Kason Chan and principal John Ma face the media after 23 pupils were disqualified for plagiarism in their school-based assessments. Photo: Sam Tsang

The head of the examinations authority has hit back against a tutorial firm which blamed it for not providing software to check its pupils' work after they were found guilty of plagiarism.

Tong Chong-sze, secretary general of the Examinations and Assessment Authority, said plagiarised work could be easily uncovered using search engines such as Google.

8 May 2015 - 9:08am

Exam body to review plagiarism prevention

Chief principal Kason Chan is accused of implying that plagiarism is widespread.

The city's examination body will discuss with teachers a spate of plagiarism cases that saw 23 pupils taught by the same teacher at the same private school disqualified from the Diploma of Secondary Education examination this year, authorities say.

8 May 2015 - 9:08am

Top scorers shy away from Occupy Central

Top of the class: Erica Wong with her mum Vickie Hui Suk-ching. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Most of the nine top performers in this year's secondary education examination oppose or do not know much about the Occupy Central movement.

"I won't participate in Occupy Central because I heard from my friends that this movement is illegal," said Angel Tsui Yan-kei, 18, the top scorer at Good Hope School. She scored straight 5** for her seven subjects.

8 May 2015 - 9:08am 18 comments

Ethnic students keen on Taiwan option

Dixon Alwi Wijaya, Bajwa Mahabir Singh and Amreena Shaheen (centre). Photo: Chris Lau

While it is common for Hongkongers to pursue their studies in another Chinese-speaking location, it is still a relatively new option for ethnic minority students. Three such pupils from the Delia Memorial School (Hip Wo) - Dixon Alwi Wijaya, Bajwa Mahabir Singh and Amreena Shaheen Abdul - are off to Taipei in September, thanks to a pilot scheme offered by their school. They will study international business and trade at Ming Chuen University.

8 May 2015 - 9:08am

Anxiety ... and relief over 'toughest' subject: Chinese

Top scorer Christopher Sum of La Salle College has his eyes fixed on a career in medicine after his results were better than expected. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Chinese-language results came as a pleasant surprise to some top scorers in the Diploma of Secondary Education exams who found it the most challenging subject and did not expect to do well.

La Salle College student Christopher Sum Hiu-fung, who scored seven level 5** results, said he had expected just a 5 - two grades lower.

8 May 2015 - 9:08am 3 comments

Disabled pupils do their schools proud

Disabled pupils do their schools proud

Pupils with disabilities overcame their challenges to do well in the Diploma of Secondary Education examination - including one who scored a record for her school.

8 May 2015 - 9:08am

Queen's College high scorers top university entrance exams

Queen's College high scorers top university entrance exams

Nine students at eight schools across Hong Kong scored top marks in the Diploma of Secondary Education examinations, as many awaited their results - some with trepidation - on Monday morning.

8 May 2015 - 9:08am

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