June 2021
2021 HKDSE Results to be Released in July
Examination Timetable and Streamlining of the Assessment of the 2022 HKDSE
Optimising Four Senior Secondary Core Subjects
Booking Service for Online Examination Facilities and Onsite Invigilation for Candidates Sitting Online ABRSM Theory Examination
2021 Stakeholders Forum
Commitment to Making Online Information Accessible to All

Centre supervisor used a loud speaker to announce the instructions to candidates outside the examination rooms at the Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre
2021 HKDSE Results to be Released in July

Over 52,000 candidates have registered for the 2021 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) and examinations of all subjects have already been completed in early June. Results of the 2021 HKDSE are scheduled for release on 21 July. Once again the HKDSE was successfully conducted with zero infections. It would have been impossible without the concerted efforts of participating schools, teachers, examination personnel, candidates, the Education Bureau (EDB) and several government departments.


During the marking period, around 4,300 markers were appointed to assess the performance of the HKDSE candidates and about 700,000 HKDSE answer scripts were marked onscreen at the assessment centres. This year, with the constantly changing pandemic situation, and to avoid possible transmissions at examination venues, the HKEAA implemented a series of precautionary and contingency measures, including measures to support the government’s arrangement of mandatory priority COVID-19 testing for HKDSE candidates. We have also set up an examination venue at the Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre for the first time and arranged written examinations of nine subjects for seven candidates who were undergoing mandatory quarantine.


To learn more about how the examination personnel reacted professionally to provide timely support for our candidates, please read the blog articles on DSE Express.

Examination Timetable and Streamlining of the Assessment of the 2022 HKDSE

The 2022 HKDSE will be held in around April and May next year. Considering the impact of the extended suspension of face-to-face classes under the COVID-19 pandemic, the Public Examinations Board (PEB) of the HKEAA recently approved the streamlining of Assessment Frameworks for the Category A subjects including trimming the public examination of relevant subjects for the 2022 HKDSE. The streamlining arrangements aim to release lesson time and provide more flexibility of teaching and learning for teachers and students.


In addition to the adjustment of the School-based Assessment arrangements announced by the HKEAA early this year, the Assessment Frameworks of Category A subjects will be further revised in the 2022 HKDSE. The arrangements are only applicable to 2022 HKDSE candidates. The details can be found in:


  • Press Release
  • School Circular
  • Revised Assessment Frameworks of Category A subjects

    According to the 2022 HKDSE timetable, Category A subjects written examinations will be held from 22 April to 21 May 2022. The date for the release of results is tentatively scheduled for 20 July 2022. Given the positive feedback received on the implementation of home cum district centre arrangements for core subjects this year, including the provision of more thoughtful support for candidates and better handling of special circumstances and emergencies, the HKEAA will enhance and continue the arrangements in the 2022 HKDSE.


    Meanwhile, registration for the 2022 HKDSE Category C (Other Languages) subjects is now open till 14 July 2021. All six Category C subjects, namely French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish and Urdu, will be offered. Click here for more details.

    Prof Wei Xiang-dong, Secretary General of the HKEAA (middle), explained the assessment arrangements for the 2024 HKDSE at Radio Television Hong Kong programme ‘Heart to Class’
    Optimising Four Senior Secondary Core Subjects

    The Curriculum Development Council and the PEB of the HKEAA have jointly endorsed the proposals for optimising the four Senior Secondary (SS) core subjects (i.e. Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics Compulsory Part, and Citizenship and Social Development in lieu of Liberal Studies) and the phasing out of Combined Science and Integrated Science recently. The proposals have also been accepted by the EDB. The optimising measures which are applicable to the 2024 HKDSE will be implemented from Secondary Four in the 2021/22 school year.


    In response to the change of Liberal Studies to Citizenship and Social Development in the HKDSE, the results of Citizenship and Social Development will be reported in one level, ‘Attained’. Achievements below ‘Attained’ will be designated as ‘Unattained’. The Heads of Universities Committee (HUCOM) has decided that the General Entrance Requirements of the four core subjects for HKDSE applicants will be revised from ‘3322’ to ‘332A’, i.e. ‘332’ and ‘Attained (A)’, beginning from the admission of the 2024/25 intake.


    For details about the review of SS curriculum and assessment, please check out here while for the revised Assessment Frameworks for the 2024 HKDSE, please click here.


    Meanwhile, Prof Wei Xiang-dong, Secretary General of the HKEAA, explained the assessment arrangements for the 2024 HKDSE at Radio Television Hong Kong programme ‘Heart to Class’ in relation to the optimising measures. Click here to listen to the interview.

    Booking Service for Online Examination Facilities and Onsite Invigilation for Candidates Sitting Online ABRSM Theory Examination

    In June, the HKEAA piloted a booking service of its online examination facilities and onsite invigilation for candidates sitting the Grade 1-5 ABRSM Online Theory Examination, which has been held online rather than paper-based recently. Not only have we provided computer equipment and appropriate examination environment at our San Po Kong Assessment Centre to candidates, the HKEAA also offers onsite invigilation service.


    The pilot scheme has been well-received by ABRSM candidates. About 600 candidates registered and enjoyed the new service in June. The next round of the booking service will be available in August 2021. Candidates are reminded to register for the ABRSM Online Theory Examinations via the ABRSM website (hk.abrsm.org) according to its requirements. The booking service of the HKEAA only covers online examination facilities and onsite invigilation.


    International and Professional Examinations Division
    Tel: 3628 8787
    Email: ie2@hkeaa.edu.hk
    Website: www.hkeaa.edu.hk/en/IPE/abrsm/ptexam/#3

    Mr Samuel Yung Wing-ki (third from left), the HKEAA Chairman hosted the 2021 Stakeholders Forum
    2021 Stakeholders Forum

    Over twenty representatives from school councils, professional bodies of the education sector, parent-teacher associations and special educational needs students’ concern groups joined the HKEAA Stakeholders Forum on 29 May 2021. Hosted by Mr Samuel Yung Wing-ki, the HKEAA Chairman; Prof Wei Xiang-dong, the Secretary General and the Directors of the HKEAA, the Forum was set up to engage our stakeholders, both informing them of the latest development of the Authority and gathering their views on ways to enhance examination and assessment services.


    The representatives were enthusiastic in sharing their views on the assessment and administrative arrangements for the HKDSE, assessment arrangements in support of the optimising measures for the HKDSE core subjects, as well as the development of assessment services and technology. They also endorsed the effort of the HKEAA in offering quality examination and assessment services. We greatly value comments and suggestions from our stakeholders in order to continue to enhance our services.


    Mr Yung and representatives of the HKEAA also expressed gratitude to the EDB, schools, teachers, candidates, parents and different government departments for their support and cooperation to ensure the smooth conduct of the 2021 HKDSE.

    Commitment to Making Online Information Accessible to All

    The HKEAA recently won the ‘Triple Gold Award’ in the 2020-2021 Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme organised by Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited, and co-organised by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, with the Equal Opportunities Commission as the independent advisor. This is the third time the HKEAA has received this award, in recognition of its commitment in adopting web accessibility design and making online information accessible to all.


    Over the years, the HKEAA has been actively pursuing web accessibility design, and striving to conform to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA as much as possible.


    In addition, we have revamped the corporate website, giving it a fresh new look and a responsive design end of last year. The enhanced website boasts some new features, including streaming video resources on examinations, Google Map for examination centres, and registration calendar for a wide range of international and professional examinations. On average, the total number of monthly visitors reached 1.2 million in the first half of 2021. To help us make continuous improvement of our corporate website, please click here to fill in the users’ survey to let us know your valuable feedback.

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