Standardized Tests

One poor test result should be put in perspective

One-off tests are a snapshot of a child's ability on a given day. Photo: Corbis

My daughter has always had good reports for writing, and it is her favourite subject at school. But she did not do very well in a standardised test recently. She was very disappointed and it seems to have affected her confidence.

Sunday, 9 December, 2012, 12:59pm

South Korean students helped through most important day

Students from a Seoul high school cheer for their seniors outside the examination hall before the exam begins. Photo: Reuters

Military training was suspended, flights rescheduled and emergency calls reserved for latecomers yesterday as hundreds of thousands of South Korean students sat a crucial college entrance examination.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:20am

The man behind liberal studies sits the exam

If anyone could secure top marks in the first ever Diploma of Secondary Education liberal-studies exam, it would probably be a man who helped develop the subject.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Assessors suspected of being liberal with their marks

As students examined their exam results yesterday, many who scored low marks noticed an odd pattern - their marks for liberal studies were unexpectedly high, even when they failed to answer all the questions.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Special-needs pupil relishes 'more relevant' system

No one got a prized 5** grade, but the atmosphere at the Red Cross John F. Kennedy Centre was nonetheless jubilant yesterday as pupils with disabilities learnt of how they performed in the first HKDSE exams.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Liberal studies makes the grade

Pupils' dread gave way to the exhilaration of examination officials yesterday after results showed more than nine out of 10 who took the new and much-criticised liberal studies exam got passing scores.

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

Top scorers in diploma exam to stay under wraps

About 150 students opted for the ultimate challenge and took eight subjects in the first Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education exams - but the public will not get to hear about how they performed.

12 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

Envelopes await final A-level pupils

'Something that started so long ago ends with us. One day, we're going to tell our grandkids that we were the last batch.'

That was how Gurwinder Kaur, 20, bid farewell to Hong Kong's A-level examinations that she was one of the last to sit. Kaur is one of 40,000 candidates who will open a fateful envelope containing grades today.

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

Dumping GCSE may boost HK exam

Controversial plans by the British government to scrap the decades-old General Certificate of Secondary Education may force Hong Kong schools to revise their curriculum.

23 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Part-time mode gives its working students a break

MBA (Part-time) University of Hong Kong

To help busy workers find time to boost their knowledge, the University of Hong Kong offers its part-time MBA in a modular mode to allow students to focus on one area of study at a time.

9 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Cruel exams for primary school pupils have become a lottery

Readers might think that 15.5 per cent and 29.4 per cent on exam papers were marks for students of low ability, but in this case they would be wrong.

They are a selection of Hong Kong schools' percentage marks on 2011 Territory-wide System Assessment (TSA) Primary Six exam papers.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am