[Study] Instructions to Repeaters & Private Candidates
If you are one of the students considering retaking the HKDSE, be reminded not only it is important to find the ways to boost your academic results, but also to evaluate your decision strategically. Candidates should also pay attention to crucial information such as entry qualifications and application timeline in order to plan ahead for your repeating year.
01 | Three Variables
With reference to Hok Yau Club’s article, "3 Major Considerations for Retaking DSE" (Chinese version only), three key variables are extracted below which would help the repeaters to make informed decisions. For details, please refer to the relevant website:
- Evaluate your past experience of preparing for the DSE
- Align your interests and/or aspirations with your decision of repeating DSE
- Choose a suitable method to retake (e.g. repeating DSE at the same or at another school, or being a private candidate)
A person may enter for the 2021 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) as a private candidate provided he/she has satisfied the requirements set out at (a) or (b) or (c) below:
(a) The person has sat the previous HKDSE or an equivalent examination, or
(b) The person has reached the age of 19 by 1 January of the year of the Examination, or
(c) The person has completed or is currently pursuing a non-HKDSE curriculum equivalent to Secondary 6 in the year preceding the Examination.
The Authority may consider applications from persons possessing other qualifications or pleading special circumstances. Persons who have sat other public examinations are expected to demonstrate a suitable level of competence in the same subject(s) entered for the Examination and may be required to provide supporting documents from their schools (if applicable). Persons who are currently pursuing an HKDSE curriculum will not normally be considered for special entry to the Examination. Exceptional cases may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applications under this regulation must be made in writing to the Secretary General of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority on or before 23 July 2020 (please refer to the website for any updates).
03 | Instructions to Applicants
Students can submit their applications through the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) Online Services. For the registration details, please refer to Registration for Category C (Other Languages) Subjects Instructions to Applicants (Private Candidates).