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Admissions Assessment Process

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Admissions Assessment Format

The assessment process in both the Primary and Secondary Schools is divided into different stages. All applicants will be invited for the first stage. Applicants who do not pass one stage will not be invited back for the next stage.

Our Stage 1 assessments involve group discussions and group activities. All applicants must participate in Stage 1 before moving on to Stage 2. Applicants must ensure that they are able to participate in one of the indicated Stage 1 dates for their grade. While the Admissions Office will make every attempt possible to reschedule a Stage 1 group assessment for an applicant, the Admissions Office will offer at most one other alternative date and this alternative date offered will also be conducted during the Stage 1 periods stated in the following sub-sections. See the sub-section “Rescheduling an Admissions Assessment”.

The Admissions Office is not able to assess applicants who are not in Hong Kong during the periods indicated below. If applicants are not able to attend Stage 1 during the dates listed below, the application will be considered unsuccessful, the application will be closed, and no application fee will be refunded.

The Admissions Office does not conduct reassessments for applicants who are not siblings and / or Capital Note nominees.

COVID-19 Health Precautions: Changes to all assessment dates and formats shown below may be made if deemed necessary. Any changes made will be reflected on the school website and parents who have submitted an application for their child will be notified of these changes via email. Parents may also contact the Admissions Office for more information.

All applicants will be invited for Stage 1. Selected applicants will be invited back for Stage 2.

Stage 1 Stage 2
Assessment

Activities

Group Assessment (about 1 hour)

Group Activities (Groups of 16):

Half of the activities will be conducted in English and the other half in Putonghua. The applicants will be led through these bilingual activities by a Group Leader speaking Cantonese, English, or Putonghua as per the native language(s) indicated on the application form. If the applicant has indicated more than one native language, the Admissions Office has the discretion to determine which of the native languages will be used by the Group Leader.

Parent-Child Meeting

Parents and child meet with a senior member of the school. Parents can elect to be interviewed in a different language (in Cantonese, English, or Putonghua) from the applicant.

Assessment Dates Selected Dates between Monday, September 19 and Thursday, September 29, 2022 October to November, 2022
Notification By Friday, December 9, 2022

Dates shown in the table above are correct at the time of publication. The Academy reserves the right to modify these dates and periods if necessary.

All applicants will be invited for Stage 1. Selected applicants will be invited back for Stage 2.

Stage 1 Stage 2
Assessment

Activities

Group Assessment (About 1 hour)

Group Activities (Groups of 12):

Half of the activities will be conducted in English and the other half in Putonghua.

Parent-Child Meeting

Parents and child meet with a senior member of the school. Parents can elect to be interviewed in a different language (in Cantonese, English, or Putonghua) from the applicant.

Assessment Dates Tuesday, November 29 to
Friday, December 2, 2022
January 2023
Notification By Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Dates shown in the table above are correct at the time of publication. The Academy reserves the right to modify these dates and periods if necessary.

All applicants will be invited for Stage 1A. Selected applicants will be invited back for each subsequent stage.

 

Stage 1A Stage 1B Stage 2
Assessment Activities Written Assessment

Written papers in Chinese, Chinese Mathematics, English, English Mathematics, and a computerized assessment.

Oral Assessment

Individual and Group Interviews in English and Putonghua

Parent Meeting

Parents meet with a senior member of the school

Assessment Dates Saturday, February 4, 2023 Monday, February 20 to Tuesday, February 21, 2023 March 2023
Notification By Friday, March 31, 2023

Dates shown in the table above are correct at the time of publication. The Academy reserves the right to modify these dates and periods if necessary.

All applicants will be invited for Stage 1A. Selected applicants will be invited back for each subsequent stage.

Stage 1A  Stage 1B Stage 2
Assessment Activities Written Assessment

Written papers in Chinese, English, English Mathematics and a computerized assessment.

Oral Assessment

Individual and Group Interviews in English and Putonghua.

Parent Meeting

Parents meet with a senior member of the school.

Assessment Dates Early Application (Applications submitted by Wednesday, November 16, 2022)
Monday, November 21, 2022 Thursday, December 8 to Friday, December 9, 2022 January to February 2023
Regular Application (Applications submitted on or after Thursday, November 17, 2022)
Saturday, February 4, 2023 Thursday, February 23 to Friday, February 24, 2023 March 2023
Notification By Friday, March 31, 2023

Dates shown in the table above are correct at the time of publication. The Academy reserves the right to modify these dates and periods if necessary.

In the event the applicant is unable to attend the scheduled admissions assessment for any reason, for example a conflict with a music examination, applicants are to inform the Admissions Office as soon as possible and no less than three business days before the date of the admissions assessment. The Admissions Office will, wherever possible, provide one alternative assessment date on one of the predetermined dates listed in the above sub-sections showing the Assessment Dates. However, please note that the Admissions Office is under no obligation to arrange another assessment and should the Admissions Office be unable to find a mutually agreed date, the application will be considered unsuccessful, the application will be closed, and no application fee will be refunded.

In the event the applicant falls ill on the morning of the assessment, parents must inform the Admissions Office prior to the assessment time and a new assessment date will be given when a doctor’s note is submitted to the Admissions Office. Applicants who are not feeling well are advised not to participate in the assessments. Applicants who are not feeling well and who choose to participate in the assessment activity will not be granted another assessment opportunity.

  • Parents / Legal Guardian of successful applicants are to confirm their child’s enrollment through the online Enrollment Confirmation Form before the deadline stipulated on the Admissions Offer Letter.
  • At the same time, the school will issue an invoice for the Acceptance Deposit and Capital Contribution. Parents / Legal Guardian have to make the payment before the due date stated on the invoice to secure the place.
  • Parents / Legal Guardian requesting Financial Aid are advised to complete all the requested documents listed in the Financial Aid Application and to submit them before the relevant date stated in the Financial Aid section. While the request for financial assistance may be made anytime during the admissions assessment process, and may also be made after the applicant has received an Acceptance Letter, only applicants who submit the Financial Aid Application before the Financial Aid deadline will be informed whether their Financial Aid application is successful as part of the Acceptance Letter Package. The school actively seeks diversity in its student body and has a need-blind admissions assessment policy.
  • It is the school’s policy not to provide feedback regarding an applicant’s performance in any assessment activities.

Applicants who have been assessed but who have not been admitted are welcome to reapply for another academic year. Please note that such applicants will be asked to submit a new application form and application fee.

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