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    Newsletter for international Higher Education Sector on the update of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education - Issue 9    
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Welcome to the ninth issue of the HKDSE newsletter, which provides information on the progress of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination.

In this issue, you can read about:

Please contact Miss May Chan, International Recognition Officer (international@hkeaa.edu.hk) for any queries.

   
 
 
   
 HKDSE level 5** awarded with UCAS Tariff points   
   
   

In November 2012, Dr Tong Chong-sze, Secretary General, Mrs Christina Lee, Acting Director - Public Examinations and a team of HKEAA assessment experts met with a panel of experts from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) to study the performance of the first HKDSE cohort and review UCAS Tariff points for level 5**.

After the completion of the recent benchmarking study by the end of 2012, the UCAS Tariff points awarded for level 5** of the HKDSE Examination are confirmed as follow:

UCAS Tariff points for 23 Category A New Senior Secondary subjects, except Mathematics:

Level

Tariff

Remarks

5**

145

Slightly higher than grade A* in GCE A level examination

5*

130

Between grades A and A* in GCE A level examination

5

120

Comparable to grade A in GCE A level examination

4

80

Comparable to grade C in GCE A level examination

3

40

Comparable to grade E in GCE A level examination

UCAS Tariff points for Mathematics:
*The overall performance is indicated by the combined Tariff points to both parts.

Level

Compulsory
Part

Extended Part

Remarks

5**

65

80

  • 145 points (65+80) for 5** in both compulsory and extended parts – slightly higher than grade A* in GCE A level examination
  • 120 points (60+60) for 5* in the compulsory part and 5 in the extended part – comparable to grade A in GCE A level examination

5*

60

70

5

45

60

4

35

50

3

25

40

The inclusion of tariff points for level 5** has further enhanced understanding of the standards and value of the HKDSE for progression to tertiary education. For details, please refer to the press release or UCAS website.

Information session on HKDSE

Dr Tong Chong-sze, Secretary General (first from right), Mrs Christina Lee, Acting Director - Public Examinations (first from left) and a team of HKEAA assessment experts met the UCAS expert group.

   
 
 
   
 Promoting HKDSE to UK universities   
   
   

A delegation from the HKEAA and the Education Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR Government visited several renowned UK universities to bring the latest information about the results of the first HKDSE Examination in November 2012.

Headed by the newly appointed HKEAA Chairman, Mr Rock Chen Chung-nin, the delegation met admission and academic staff from University College London, King’s College London, Imperial College London, the University of Warwick, University of Cambridge and University of Oxford. A lot of useful feedback on widening the acceptance of the HKDSE qualification has been collected during the visits.

The HKEAA will continue to extend recognition of the HKDSE and add international institutions that accept the qualification to our database. Currently, over 140 tertiary institutions worldwide have acknowledged their acceptance of HKDSE and provided their admission requirements on the HKEAA website. 70 Mainland higher education institutions and 149 Taiwan universities will also exempt Hong Kong students from examination for admission in 2013/14. Students can apply for admission with their HKDSE results directly. For details, please visit Recognition of Qualifications for HKDSE.

Information session on HKDSE

Mr Rock Chen Chung-nin (third from left), HKEAA Chairman, met with admission and academic staff of University of Cambridge.

   
 
 
   
 2012 HKDSE Exemplars of Candidates’ Work available online    
   
   

To help students and teachers understand the standards required for the HKDSE Examination, we published the Examination Report and Question Papers (ERQP) of 24 New Senior Secondary (NSS) subjects in November 2012. The ERQP of different subjects provide the marking schemes and useful comments from examiners on candidates’ performance in the examinations.

Authentic samples of candidates’ answers at different levels of performance are now published online. All these samples are available at HKDSE Subject Information.

Information session on HKDSE    

 
 
   
 Review of New Senior Secondary (NSS) curriculum and assessment   
   
   

With the inaugural HKDSE Examination comes to a close, the HKEAA and the Curriculum Development Council (CDC) announced the conduct of a survey in November 2012 to collect feedback from schools and teachers on the implementation of the curriculum and the assessment to facilitate student learning.

Recommendations for enhancement will be announced in early 2013. Details of the survey are now available on “Review of the New Academic Structure” webpage.

Information session on HKDSE    

 

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