New exam puts system to the test

What sets the new compulsory senior secondary school subject of liberal studies apart is that it comes without model answers from textbooks. It is instead an exercise in reasoned thinking and debate.

Wednesday, 4 April, 2012, 12:00am

Results mark end for old exam system

After 34 years as the main gateway to university study, the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination officially became history yesterday as the last 27,000 students to sit the tests got their results.

The exam will be replaced by the Diploma of Secondary Education under a new education system.

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Doubts cast on Basic Law test for civil servants

A test for civil service recruits on their knowledge of the Basic Law may be unnecessary, the Public Service Commission says.

24 May 2011 - 12:00am

Report into police exam raises more questions

In October, a remarkable drop in the pass rates of the Hong Kong Standard III Inspectorate Professional Examination held by the police force for officers who hope to make the step up to senior and chief inspector ranks sparked serious concern both within the force, and among the public.

27 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

In Brief

Probe after civil service exam answers read out on air

8 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

One of our prettiest hacks heads off up the yellow brick road

You never get rich working as a journalist. But you might strike gold if you become a tutorial king or queen. That is why we are glad to report that one of our prettiest hacks has decided to call it a day - and join the far more lucrative and wonderful world of private tutorial schools. Good on her, I say!

13 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Trustworthy exams system the only answer

Students are expected to be honest when taking examinations; severe penalties await those caught cheating. In their turn, authorities responsible for the design and administration of public assessments must act fairly. Our public examination system can only function properly when both sides respect and uphold their ends of this unwritten bargain.

3 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Should we have exams?

Resa Ng Su-ching, 14 Chinese International School

21 May 2009 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

This week: Rote learning in education

I had dinner with a secondary English teacher yesterday and had an enlightening talk about the education system in the city.

10 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Taking the easy way

A recent survey asked students if they had ever cheated by copying from classmates in examinations or tests, and 20 per cent said they had.

2 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

This week's question: Do you like exams?

Jean Tang, 16

I don't believe exams truly reflect our abilities or what we have learnt during the year. I think there are definitely other ways of assessing our knowledge. Exams do not determine how smart you are in terms of your capacity to adapt to different life situations and deal with problems. They simply show you can memorise things.

Oliver Billing, 15

28 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Hi-tech approach to beat the exam cheats pays off

Early this month, the Beijing headquarters of the national examination authority assembled a control station combining the hi-tech functions of an intelligence service, a space agency and a public security bureau.

21 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Two big wins for Hong Kong

Squad use new game plan to score convincing victories over Chinese Taipei

The Hong Kong XVs rugby squad played beautifully to defeat Chinese Taipei in two home matches last week. Hong Kong XVs head coach John Walters said the team was the strongest side available.

The 22-member squad was carefully selected.

14 Jan 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

Teachers praise new assessment software

Teachers and principals who have been trying out software to improve their assessment skills have praised the technology, saying it will pave the way to a new culture of assessment.

25 Jul 2007 - 12:00am