Make sure you understand the rules of the HKCEE before you go into exams, students have been urged. 'More than 2,000 candidates received mark penalties for breaking examination regulations in the 1996 examinations,' Cheung Wai-lun, examinations officer of the Hong Kong Examinations Authority (HKEA), told Young Post. Mr Cheung said most penalties were for candidates bringing in calculators without the 'HKEA Approved' label on them, sitting papers at the wrong centres and writing on alternate lines in their English compositions. Others use names or addresses other than those specified on the composition question papers. Mr Cheung advised candidates to check the examination centres listed on their admission forms before exam day and check how to get there by public transport. 'If necessary, they should make a trial visit to the schools concerned to avoid the tension of looking for a centre that they have never been to before on the morning of the examination,' he said. Candidates should check school names and addresses carefully when they got their admission forms. 'In particular, candidates should be very careful about school names as many Hong Kong schools have very similar names. The school addresses are provided to help you,' Mr Cheung added. He said if candidates deliberately went to the wrong centre twice, they would have the subject downgraded by one grade. Mr Cheung also urged candidates not to bring transparent bags into exam rooms. 'If you can see the items inside, including notes or textbooks, it constitutes a cheating offence and candidates will be easily detected and may be disqualified,' he said. He also said tutorial schools claiming their staff had the Hong Kong Examinations Authority experience in setting or moderation of question papers could be guilty of false advertising. He said the authority paid very close attention to the problem. 'Secondary school teachers and tertiary institution staff are not recruited to help with the setting and moderation process if they have close relatives sitting the examination concerned or if they are preparing students to sit that examination,' he said. He said such claims were referred to the Independent Commission Against Corruption for investigation.