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Category B: Applied Learning Subjects - General Information - Frequently Asked Questions
  1. How will the results of ApL subjects be reported?

    ApL subject assessments are undertaken by course providers. After moderation by the HKEAA, the final results will be recorded on the HKDSE certificate. The results will be reported in two levels - "Attained" and "Attained with Distinction". Candidates with performances below the standard of "Attained", or attendance rates below 80%, will be designated as "Unattained".

    Starting from the 2018 HKDSE, the reporting of students' performance in ApL subjects will be further refined from the existing two levels of "Attained" and "Attained with Distinction" to "Attained", "Attained with Distinction (I)" and "Attained with Distinction (II)". "Attained with Distinction (I)" is comparable to level 3 while "Attained with Distinction (II)" is comparable to level 4 or above of the Category A subjects of HKDSE examination. For Applied Learning Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students), the existing levels of results, i.e. "Attained" and "Attained with Distinction", will continue to be used. Refinement of these levels would be considered when more data is collected.



  2. How are the levels of "Attained" , "Attained with Distinction (I)" and "Attained with Distinction (II)" determined?

    The standard for the level of "Attained" of an ApL subject is initially determined by the course provider concerned and then moderated by the HKEAA with reference to the subject's performance descriptors. The award for the distinction levels (i.e. "Attained with Distinction (I)" and "Attained with Distinction (II)") is determined with reference to relevant candidates' performance in the four core subjects. For more information, please refer to the booklet on Grading Procedures and Standards-referenced Reporting in the HKDSE.




  3. After the release of examination results, can candidates apply for a review of ApL subject results?

    Candidates can apply to the HKEAA for the rechecking of their ApL marks, but not remarking of their assignments or scripts. For details regarding the application procedure, please refer to the HKDSE Candidates' Handbook .




  4. Will special considerations be given to students with special educational needs in the assessment of ApL subjects?

    Students with special educational needs will not be deprived of their right to studying ApL subjects. Course providers would exercise discretion in providing special arrangements to these students, in accordance with the nature and severity of their disabilities. The provision of such special arrangements aims to allow these students to be equitably assessed under suitable conditions without having an unfair advantage or disadvantage over other students. For details, please refer to Applied Learning Assessment Information Package (Core Part) .