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General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) Exams

Change of examination timetable –

Pearson Edexcel GCSE Chinese (May/June 2023)

As announced by Pearson Edexcel, the examination start time for GCSE Chinese Paper 1 and 3 in May/June 2023 have been changed. Please see the updated examination schedule of GCSE Chinese Paper 1 and 3 as follows:


Examination Date Starting Time  Paper No  Subject Name  Time 
 18 May 2023 (Thu)  7:00pm 1CN0/1H Chinese Paper 1H Listening Approx. 45 mins
 18 May 2023 (Thu)  Consecutive session   1CN0/3H Chinese Paper 3H Reading 1 hour 5 mins


Date: 19 December 2022



The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examinations are offered by Pearson Edexcel. Pearson Edexcel is an examining and awarding body based in the UK and operates throughout the world.

Upon popular demand, the HKEAA introduced the Pearson Edexcel GCSE Chinese Examinations in May 2008. GCSE is designed basically for UK students. The HKEAA currently has no further plan to offer other GCSE subjects in Hong Kong.

GCSE Chinese Examinations are held in May / June.

Other similar examinations offered in HK through the HKEAA:



Important Dates
Important Dates for the May / June 2023 Examinations
  1. Registration Period (School candidates ONLY. Candidates must submit their entries through their schools):
    28 November 2022 (8:30am) - 16 December 2022 (5:30pm)



Examination Registration
GCSE Chinese examination is offered to school candidates only.

The registration documents are available for the Registered sub-centres' collection during the registration period.

During the registration period, candidates may contact their schools to obtain the registration documents.



General Information



Recognition and Equivalence
  1. Grade E or above in all HKALE# A-level and AS-level subjects is recognized as equivalent to an A-level pass and an AS-level pass respectively in a British International GCE.
  2. Grade C or above in most HKCEE# subjects is recognized as the equivalence of an O-level pass in a British International GCE.
  3. Given below is a rough comparison table between HKCEE 2007 language subjects (i.e. English Language and Chinese Language) and British IGCSE:


    HKCEE levels
    5* 5 4 3
    IGCSE grades
    A* A B C


  4. The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) in the UK has included the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) in the UCAS Tariff system and the qualification is recognized as comparable to the British GCE A-level. For details, please click here.
  5. The above information is for reference only. In general, it is for individual users of qualifications to define their own threshold levels of performance for admission/recruitment purposes.

    # The Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) and The Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) was offered the last time in 2011 and 2013 respectively.



Participating School / Centre
  • How to Become a Participating School / Sub-centre

    Only GCE/ IAL / GCSE / IGCSE participating schools of the HKEAA can apply as a sub-centre to enter their students for GCSE Chinese examination via the HKEAA. Such schools must be on the registered school lists of the Education Bureau. When a school applies to the HKEAA to become a participating school, a copy of the registration certificate and fees certificate issued by the Education Bureau should be attached to the application.

    The participating schools should also register with the examination board, Pearson Edexcel, as a sub-centre via the HKEAA. The application charge and the annual registration fee will be waived if the schools apply to become sub-centres attached to the HKEAA. The examination materials for the controlled assessment should be submitted to the examination board through the HKEAA.

    Schools who are interested in becoming Pearson Edexcel sub-centres and entering their students for the GCSE Chinese examination should complete and submit the Centre Recognition Application Form to the HKEAA before 1 September in the year preceding the Examination. Prior to the approval, Pearson Edexcel may arrange an one-off sub-centre inspection to ensure the school is suitable for teaching and conducting the controlled assessment of the specification upon request by the examination board.

    Registration documents are available for the sub-centres' collection during the registration period.


  • Information for GCE / IAL / GCSE / IGCSE Participating School/Centre



Instructions for the Conduct of Speaking Assessment


Data Privacy
Personal data of candidates are used by the HKEAA and the Examination Board for delivery of examination and assessment services. Whether you provide the requested personal data is voluntary. However, if you fail to provide all the data, or if any of the data are inaccurate or incomplete, the HKEAA may not be able to accept your entry or provide all or part of the examination and assessment services. The personal data submitted may also be used for:
  • assisting tertiary institutions and other government / public organizations in their admissions processes;
  • assisting tertiary institutions and other government / public organizations in respect of their requests for information in granting scholarships;
  • assisting tertiary institutions and other government / public organizations to confirm the candidates' eligibility for financial assistance or other forms of subsidization, in which case, the necessary personal data of the candidates may have to be disclosed to the concerned organizations for verification;
  • certifying candidates' examination results in response to legitimate requests;
  • processing any refund or payment in relation to the examination;
  • conducting and assisting tertiary institutions and other government / public organizations to conduct educational research and analysis; 
  • conducting educational research and analysis in an anonymous format in which the identities of candidates are not traceable; and 
  • marketing the services and products of the Examination Board (including examination services, courses, events, publications, and other examination materials or resources) subject to the consent of the candidates.* 

The HKEAA may also transfer the personal data of candidates to third parties for use for the above purposes or other directly related purposes, including government / public organizations, schools and educational institutions, banks (for processing refund or payment), and service providers providing various administrative or technical services to facilitate the delivery of the examination and assessment services including but not limited to data punching, registration process, dispatch of examination documents, and the capture, disposal or other processing of data.   

In compliance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, access to all personal data will be made available, on payment of a fee, to anyone who can establish his / her right to be informed of such data as are retained by the HKEAA. Please also note that candidates' personal data / correspondence / other information received by the HKEAA may be referred to the Examination Board concerned for delivery of examination and assessment services and for any of  the abovementioned purposes or other directly related purposes. In general, upon completion of an examination or examination series and all the connecting examination services, the HKEAA will transfer all such data to the Examination Board who will then assume full control of such data. By then, candidates should approach the Examination Board direct for their personal data / information handling policies if necessary.

*If you have given consent but wish to withdraw your consent for your personal data to be used for this purpose, please send a letter of request to the HKEAA 


Examination Publications / Subject Syllabuses

The syllabuses, marking scheme and past question papers may be downloaded from the website:


Past question papers are also available for sale from HKEAA Online Bookstore.

Pearson Edexcel
Tel: (44) 884 576 0027
Fax: (44) 207 190 5700
Address: 190 High Holborn
London WC1V 7BH


Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority
Tel: (852) 3628 8787
(For service quality assurance, our telephone conservation with the public may be recorded)
Fax: (852) 3628 8790
Address: International and Professional Examinations Division
3/F, 17 Tseuk Luk Street
San Po Kong