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Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination

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.

Friday, 20 July, 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

Diploma gains assent

Pupils preparing for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education can breathe a sigh of relief at growing international recognition for the new exam.

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am


Colloquial expressions a valid style for testing English

3 May 2008 - 12:00am

Cross students give exam authority a ticking-off

The examinations authority has come under fire for 'unfair treatment' of candidates in a major English listening exam this month.

Students have complained of unclear instructions in one question in the Hong Kong Advanced level Use of English listening paper on April 5. The paper was worth 18 per cent of total marks for the subject.

29 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Teacher shocked by standard of English in A-level exam paper

An English teacher has graded an article used in the Hong Kong A-level examination paper with an 'F' for bad writing style.

The article, entitled 'What is love, actually?', was selected to test students' reading skills in the section C paper of the HKAL Use of English examination this year. The exam was held last Thursday.

7 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Education Mailbag

Language policy failing to equip students with valuable English skills

Many parents aspire to put their children into the English Schools Foundation system or send them to international schools, hoping that a full English-speaking environment will help their youngsters to become fluent English speakers. But, for working-class parents, this is a luxury.

1 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

On-screen marking way to go, says exams chief

Centralised marking centres with state-of-the-art computer facilities will allow Hong Kong to meet its assessment needs, the new head of the exams authority said yesterday.

'This is the future,' said Francis Cheung Wing-ming, secretary general of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority.

18 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Law exam re-marking delays results

Subject for overseas-educated students 'contained questions outside the curriculum'

Results of a conversion exam for overseas law graduates have been delayed following an investigation into allegations questions were set on topics not on the syllabus.

17 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Slip of the tongue

Is Hong Kong trying to mask a downward spiral of students' language skills? The question arises because, beginning this year, a new grading format has been adopted for Chinese- and English-language assessments under the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination. The new approach, 'standards-referenced reporting', uses levels, or standards, instead of grades for the two languages.

27 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

New grades for language exams

This year will see a big change in the kind of headlines we usually associate with the release of HKCEE results.

Previously, the media would turn the spotlight on students with top scores of 10 As. That is now a thing of the past.

From this year on, top achievers will more likely be flourishing somewhat less eye-catching scores of '8 As, two 5*s'.

8 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

New English exam a mouthful for some

'Plan some big eat club.' That may not tell you much, but it is clear enough to secure the lowest ranking in the new HKCEE English exam.

4 Aug 2007 - 12:00am


Claims of declining standards beg the question of motivation

19 May 2007 - 12:00am


Q Should phones and PDAs be banned from exams?

As a high school teacher of English and other languages for more than 40 years, I must say that the current English exam scam is really down to the poor setting of exam questions. Cheating has always been around, and with new technology will only increase.

11 May 2006 - 12:00am

mail bag

HKEAA needs to fix the root of its problem

The examination authority has come under fire again for its handling of the marking blunder in the oral English scores. No doubt, a package of immediate measures is needed to thoroughly transform the internal system.

27 Aug 2005 - 12:00am