Examination for The Hong Kong Certificate of Education

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Examination for The Hong Kong Certificate of Education

International acclaim

HKEAA has been collaborating closely with foreign agencies, abroad institutions, and colleges to enhance HKEAA examination recognition. For many years, HKCEE and HKALE performance standards have been compared to comparable topics at British GCE O-Level and A/AS-Level. In the case of English Language performance, studies have been performed to link standards of performance in HKCEE English Language (Syllabus B) and HKALE Use of English to IELTS and TOEFL norms.

HKCEE standards-referenced reporting was implemented in Chinese and English language disciplines beginning in 2007. The two subjects' outcomes have also been compared to International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) results.

The Hong Kong Diploma for Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) was first held in 2012. To ensure appropriate recognition of HKDSE qualifications, the HKEAA met with international organizations such as the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC), the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) in the United Kingdom, and the Australian Education International (AEI) in Australia to conduct benchmarking and comparability research on the HKDSE.

Although HKEAA examinations are widely accepted, certain colleges have specified specific criteria for admitting international students. For example, the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom has established admission restrictions for underage or juvenile candidates in terms of guardianship arrangements.

Candidates who intend to further their studies overseas may be required to take certain unified examinations administered by the examination authorities of that particular country as one of the basic prerequisites. The National Higher Education Entrance Examination for Universities in Mainland China, for example, and the SAT for the United States are two examples.


UK NARIC is the UK Government's National Agency. They are the official source of information about a wide range of international qualifications and skills obtained outside the UK.

Although NARIC is a National Agency for the UK Government, higher education institutions have the authority to decide what foreign degrees or studies they will accept, and UK NARIC has solely an advisory role.

Cambridge Assessment has benchmarked the two new HKCEE language subjects against the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). The HKCEE results in Chinese and English are recognized as equivalent to the IGCSE results in the following ways:

Schemas for marking

While the HKEAA has been distributing booklets of prior examination papers for each topic at a reasonable price, the marking schemes (i.e. official detailed solutions) of previous examinations have never been easily accessible to the general public. The HKEAA's official reason for not publicizing these marking methods was that it could be "pedagogically unsound" and encourage "rote memorisation" behavior among pupils. Nonetheless, pupils were frequently able to obtain these "restricted documents" by attending cram schools. As a result, the HKEAA policy unintentionally restricted less privileged students access to information about how examination papers are assessed. This could have resulted in a socioeconomic bias in students' ability to perform well in the HKCEE. Furthermore, according to media sources, some so-called "star tutors" earned more than HK$7 million (US$900,000) each year, leading some to infer that the HKEAA's policies had indirectly transferred enormous amounts of wealth to these cram schools.

To address this issue, the HKEAA began releasing marking schemes alongside the year's test papers in 2003.

Government of Hong Kong Scholarship

The HKSAR Government Scholarship is a prominent reward given in conjunction with the HKCEE Exam. Every year, the top 30-40 applicants in the HKCEE Examination are awarded this scholarship. Surprisingly, many 10A students do not win this award. This apparent contradiction stems mostly from the mechanism used to grant the HKSAR Government Scholarship. Rather of counting the amount of A's each student has, the HKSAR Government Scholarship is awarded based on the greatest total in raw scores obtained in each student's seven best subjects. As a result, numerous 9A, 8A, and even 7A students go on to win this prize, although no 10A students do. This has been a big point of contention among parents of 10A students who believe their children were cheated out of this desired reward.[Citation required]

Early Admissions Program

Main article: Hong Kong Early Admissions Scheme

Since 2003, the Early Admissions Scheme (or simply "EAS"), a subsystem of the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS), has allowed school candidates with 6 or more "A"s (Distinctions) on their first attempt of the HKCEE, as well as level 4 or above in English Language, level 4 or above in Chinese Language, or "C" or above in French or Putonghua, to apply for the University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, or

Every year, 400-600 students enter the plan through this JUPAS subsystem. This system has a selection method, however unlike the standard JUPAS plan, students are guaranteed a formal offer in EAS regardless of the number of applications in EAS. Students who met the EAS standards do not need to apply for this scheme to attend the aforementioned universities (though the majority will), but they must participate in the HKALE and the mainstream scheme if they did not participate and wish to study in Hong Kong.

In rare situations, students who were qualified for the EAS are issued independent offers by universities other than the EAS.

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