IT WAS a good show from this year's Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination with a record-breaking five students scoring the maximum 10 distinctions each and at least 19 others getting nine As. A total of 118,516 candidates sat for the exam this year, marking a drop of 7.74 per cent from last year, although the overall pass rate was almost the same with 62.94 per cent compared with 62.98 per cent last year. As with last year, English Literature saw the highest pass rate. Of the 912 candidates sitting for the exam, over 89 per cent got Grade E or above. The poorest results were in Physical Education. Nearly 60 per cent of the 383 candidates who took the exam failed. The Hong Kong Examinations Authority this year recorded three cases of cheating, which led to disqualification from the entire examination; another nine cases involving a variety of serious breaches of the examination regulations which led to subject disqualification. This year also saw a significant drop in the number of cases that candidates received mark penalties for less serious breaches of the regulations such as using unapproved calculators (a 50 per cent drop over last year) and improperly including their names in their answer scripts (a 46 per cent drop). However, the authority is still concerned about the large number of private candidates who attended examination sessions without their identity cards, thereby placing a quite unnecessary strain on examination centre and the staff who had to verify the candidates' identity in the days following the examination. At Queen's College, two students scored 10 As (see page 5), while one student each boasted 10 As at Pui Ching Middle School (see page 1), Hong Kong Wah Yan College (page 5) and Salesian English School (below). Lo Ka-ying of Good Hope Secondary School did her school proud by scoring nine As - in Chinese, English, Maths, English Literature, Geography, History, Economics, Religious Studies and Human Biology. At Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School, Yau Ka-fai scored straight A1s in English, Chinese, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Add Maths, Computer Studies and Principles of Accounts. Bernard Man of Diocesan Boys' School topped the honours list of his school by getting As in Chinese, English, Maths, Add Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics and Chinese History. Schoolmate Wong Cheung-Man also bagged straight A1s in nine subjects including Chinese, English, Maths, Add Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics and Religious Studies. At Heep Yunn Secondary School, Eve Ngan Kwai-ling obtained As in Chinese, English, Computer Studies, Human Biology, Economics, Government and Public Affairs, History, Maths and Music. Seventeen-year old Leung Kam-lun was the pride of Kowloon Wah Yan College with distinctions in Chinese, English, Chinese History, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Computer Studies and Geography. Maryknoll Convent School also boasted two nine-A holders: Chow Mai-mai and Kwok Hom-siu. They both scored As in Chinese, English, Biology, Physics, Add Maths, Computer Studies, Maths, Chemistry and Religious Studies. Ng Wai-kit of Kwun Tong Maryknoll College got nine As in Chinese, English, Geography, Economic, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Add Maths to top her school's honours list. Cheung King-sing of Clementi Middle School got nine As in English, Chinese, Maths, Biology, Chinese Literature, Geography, Add Maths, Physics and Chemistry. Arts student Poon Tin-wai did La Salle College proud by getting nine As in Add Maths, Chinese, Chinese Literature, English, Geography, Economics, Chinese History, History and Maths. Mandy Leung Man-yee of St Mary's Canossian College topped the school's list by scoring As in Chinese, English, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Add Maths, Economics and Religious Studies.