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HKCEE (1978 - 2011)
The Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority had administered the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) since 1978. The HKCEE had been one of the most well established and recognised public examinations in Hong Kong. The HKCEE is normally taken by students at the end of their five-year secondary school education. The qualification of HKCEE was recognized both locally and internationally. It was considered as the gateway to further studies and career pursuance.

Over the years, more than 4,370,000 candidates had entered the examinations. With the implementation of the New Academic Structure (NAS) and Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination, the final HKCEE for school candidates and private candidates took place in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

The HKCEE was conducted in April and May annually and the results were released in August. Except for the subjects of Chinese Language and English Language, the results of all other subjects of the HKCEE were indicated by six grades (A, B, C, D, E and F), of which grade A was the highest and grade F was the lowest. Results below grade F were designated as unclassified (UNCL).

Since 2007 the results of Chinese Language and English Language had been indicated by five levels (5, 4, 3, 2 and 1), of which level 5 was the highest and level 1 was the lowest. Performance below level 1 was designated as unclassified (UNCL). Level 5 candidates with the best performance would have their results indicated by the symbol *.