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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**.

New exam regime put to the test

When the curtain falls on a collective experience that became part of public life for decades, an air of nostalgia is inevitable. The public emotion aroused by the release of the final public Advanced Level Examination results last week is thus understandable.

Thursday, 5 July, 2012, 12:00am

Prepare early if you want to study abroad

Students who want to study abroad should start planning early and think seriously about which majors to pursue, a consultant says.

With the final batch of Form Seven students and the first HKDSE graduates fighting for places at local universities, competition is fierce. More students are looking overseas, with Australia and Britain the most popular choices for Hongkongers.

24 May 2012 - 12:00am

New test 'simpler but no surprise'

After a controversial build-up, 70,000 high school pupils sat the first liberal studies exam yesterday, coming to grips with thorny issues and, in some cases, toning down their answers to avoid 'agitating' markers.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Minorities tested to the limit

Eltilib Saga says she is facing an uphill battle to enter university.

The 18-year-old, who will today sit the compulsory liberal studies examination in the new Hong Kong Diploma for Secondary Education (HKDSE), has been finding it hard to do well.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Map out your options - now

The new curriculum, the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE), has broken the traditional boundaries between the science, arts and business streams. Now students study four core subjects - English, Chinese, maths and liberal studies - in addition to two or three electives from any discipline.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Reforms fail to ease the pressure

Decade-long education reforms have yet to realise an initial goal of providing an enjoyable learning experience for pupils or make a dent in an entrenched culture of spoon-feeding in classrooms, say education observers.

27 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

Taiwan lures HK students

HONG KONG - Students who want to apply for university in Taiwan: don't stress out too much. A low result or failure in the Hong Kong Diploma for Secondary Education liberal studies paper will not affect you, officials said on Monday.

Taiwanese universities have adopted a lenient attitude towards the new HKDSE examination's compulsory core subject.

22 Feb 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

Ethnic-minority students decry huge exam fees

Huge fees are deterring ethnic-minority students from sitting a more advanced level of overseas Chinese-language examination, making them less competitive when it comes to applying for a university place or a job.

They say it is not fair that they have to pay eight times more than local students to sit a Chinese-language examination which demonstrates a high proficiency.

10 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

'New exam should be easier and shorter'

Many students taking the university entrance exam this year could fail the new liberal studies subject, according to a study by a concern group.

And since the subject is now compulsory, this could mean fewer students getting into university, the group says.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Think for yourself in new exam, pupils are urged

Taking the government's line may not necessarily ensure good results in the new upper secondary liberal studies examination, an assessment official says.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Gifted children face added pressures

Recently, I read an article about how the parents of gifted children feel their children's lives are harder because they are different to others.

I have to agree with them in some ways. Being gifted can set a child apart.

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am


Quit junk food and enjoy better health

I agree with the idea that junk food should not be provided in school tuck shops. If nobody takes note of the importance of a healthy diet, there will be even more overweight children in the future.

27 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Tested to the limit

At 5pm, the light was already fading outside HKBUAS Wong Kam Fai Secondary School in Shek Mun as a group of about 10 pupils began yet another weekly lesson.

5 Dec 2011 - 12:00am