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SBA - Introduction
School-based Assessment (SBA) is an assessment carried out by schools with students being assessed by their own subject teachers. By integrating learning and teaching with assessment, it helps students understand their strengths and weaknesses through quality feedback from teachers. All school candidates have to complete the SBA of the subjects concerned and the marks awarded are counted towards their results in the HKDSE. SBA also reduces dependence on the results of public examinations and boosts students’ confidence and motivation to learn and enhances autonomous learning. For more information about SBA, you may read the Information on SBA Booklet.

The following are subjects with an SBA component in the HKDSE:


Core subjects
  • Chinese Language
  • English Language
  • Liberal Studies*
Elective subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Literature
  • Design & Applied Technology
  • Health Management and Social Care
  • Information & Communication Technology
  • Literature in English
  • Physics
  • Integrated Science / Combined Science*
  • Technology and Living
  • Visual Arts


*Starting from Secondary Four in the 2021/22 school year (applicable to the 2024 HKDSE), Liberal Studies in the senior secondary curriculum has been replaced by Citizenship and Social Development, and no SBA is included in this subject. In addition, Combined Science and Integrated Science will be phased out.