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Services to Special Needs Candidates

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE)

Applications for special examination arrangements are considered by the Committee on Special Needs Candidates (the Committee) and the Task Group on Special Examination Arrangements for Candidates with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) (the Task Group) in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the Public Examinations Board.


The HKEAA accepts applications for special examination arrangements (SEAs) from candidates with special needs in September two years before the examination year via their schools (i.e. in September of the S5 school year). Candidates are strongly advised to submit the applications in S5 but those whose conditions of disabilities are unstable may submit applications in September of the S6 school year via their schools. Private candidates should submit applications during the application period in the year preceding the examination.

Applications submitted after the application deadline will normally NOT be accepted. Please refer to the Application Guide for details.

2020 & 2021 HKDSE Category A Subjects:

2020 HKDSE Category C Subjects:

Other Information

  • Information Leaflets
  • 2019 HKDSE Handbook for Candidates (for Category A and Category B Subjects only)
  • Powerpoint Presentations

    The 3rd Supplementary Events for SENCOs: Workshop on Special Examination Arrangements in October 2019 (organised by The Education University of Hong Kong)

  • Enquiries

    Tel. No.: (852)3628 8917




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