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Mr Tom Kwok Chun-wang (first from left) and Miss Ng Ka-yu (first from right) were both awarded a distinction
in the ARSM examination. They met the media with Dr Margaret Lo (second from left) and
Mr John Holmes (second from right) to share their experience in preparing for the ARSM


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Ms Maggie Cheung Oi-man (second from left) and Ms Tammy Chow Mei-yee (middle) of the HKEAA were
commended by The Ombudsman


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Representatives from Tin Shui Wai Methodist College (second and third from left), one of the QAMAS accredited
schools, received the certificate from Mr Samuel Yung, Chairman of the HKEAA (second from right)


HKEAA E-News
HKEAA E-News
December 2018

In this issue:

Season’s Greetings from the HKEAA

With the end of the year approaching, this will be the last issue of the HKEAA E-News for the year and we would like to take this opportunity to wish all readers a happy holiday season. On behalf of the HKEAA, we would also like to thank those who have been supporting our efforts to serve the community with valid, reliable and equitable examinations and assessment services.

May we wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Explore the Use of IT in the Management of Examinations

The HKEAA Tsuen Wan Assessment Centre will be open to public on 12 January 2019 to let anyone interested explore the information technology applied in public examinations. Guided tours and seminars are offered during the day to help visitors learn more about the marking and grading of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE), as well as the wide array of computer-based assessment and examinations administered by the HKEAA.

The popular HKDSE information seminars will be held on 19 January 2019 to help familiarise senior secondary students with the assessment requirements of the four core subjects: Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics and Liberal Studies.

Registration is now open and please visit the HKEAA website for details.
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Mr Tom Kwok Chun-wang (first from left) and Miss Ng Ka-yu (first from right) were both awarded a distinction in the ARSM examination. They met the media with Dr Margaret Lo (second from left) and Mr John Holmes (second from right) to share their experience in preparing for the ARSM

More Post-Grade 8 Qualifications for Music Lovers

Since 2017, the ARSM (Associate of the Royal Schools of Music) diploma has been available to music students in Hong Kong. The post-Grade 8 performance-only diploma examination contains no written or spoken elements, scales, sight-reading or aural tests. So far about 500 Hong Kong candidates have entered the ARSM examinations, the second largest candidature across the world after the United Kingdom.

Mr John Holmes, Chief Examiner of the ABRSM, visited Hong Kong in late November to explain more about the qualification. He met the media with Dr Margaret Lo, General Manager - International and Professional Examinations of the HKEAA, and two young students who had had outstanding results in the ARSM examinations. Mr Holmes noted that the ARSM can help bridge the gap between Grade 8 and the more demanding Diploma examinations of the ABRSM as it requires a higher level of skills than Grade 8 examinations and assesses candidates’ recital as a whole.

ARSM April/May 2019 examinations is now open. Click here for details.

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Ms Maggie Cheung Oi-man (second from left) and Ms Tammy Chow Mei-yee (middle) of the HKEAA were commended by The Ombudsman

Commitment to Quality Customer Services Recognised

For seven years in a row, HKEAA staff members have received The Ombudsman’s Awards in recognition of their professional customer service. The proud awardees this year are Ms Maggie Cheung Oi-man from the International and Professional Examinations Division, and Ms Tammy Chow Mei-yee from the Public Examinations Information Centre. Both of them have demonstrated a strong passion for providing excellent services to candidates and members of the public, as well as handling their enquiries and complaints in a positive and impartial manner.

Since 2012, a total of eleven HKEAA staff members have been commended by The Ombudsman. The HKEAA was also named a runner-up in The Ombudsman’s Awards for Public Organisations in 2014.

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Representatives from Tin Shui Wai Methodist College (second and third from left), one of the QAMAS accredited schools, received the certificate from Mr Samuel Yung, Chairman of the HKEAA (second from right)

Sharing Knowledge and Expertise in Assessment

The Authority has endeavoured to engage the school community in improving examination and assessment management through the Quality Assessment Management Accreditation Scheme (QAMAS). This year, 13 schools received the accreditation certificates in a presentation ceremony on 17 November 2018. More than 100 principals and teachers attended the event and shared experiences in using electronic marking systems to facilitate mark inputs into the Assessment Quality-assurance Platform developed by the HKEAA to get professional post-assessment analysis reports for their improvement of internal assessment. Learn more about QAMAS.

In line with its goal to facilitate ‘Assessment for Learning’ and enhance assessment literacy, on 31 October 2018, the HKEAA held its first Research Forum on the theme of ‘Using Assessment Data for Better Learning and Teaching’. Officiated by Mrs Ingrid Yeung, Permanent Secretary for Education, the Forum was attended by more than 400 teachers, school leaders, academics and researchers who exchanged knowledge and experiences in educational assessment research. The Forum also featured sharing sessions where scholars presented research findings on language education and assessment, assessment data utilisation as well as new approaches in learning and assessment. Read more about the Research Forum.