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International Assessments - Hong Kong

The International English Competitions and the International English Assessments for Schools are arguably the most widely known activities of International English Education Assessment Committee (IEEAC) of IEERA.

The Competitions were first introduced in 1975 and the International Assessments for Schools were established in Hong Kong in 1996. The Competitions and Assessments now attract more than 30 million entries each year.

The Assessments now include:

  • English (P5-F6)

Critical thinking, reasoning and problem solving are essential higher order skills for success in school as well as in the wider community. The material presented in the International Assessments for Schools reflects this importance, providing the opportunity for students to perform a range of tasks using these and other skills. The Competitions cater for a wide range of student abilities using contexts that stimulate studentsí interest and engage their attention.

The content of most Competition test papers is not based on any particular school curriculum, but on skills essential for success in various subjects at school and beyond. The Competition results provide valuable diagnostic information that can be used to assess student strengths and weaknesses and to assist with the preparation of appropriate learning experiences.

Students at all levels of competency benefit from participation in the Assessments.

What do the Assessments cover?

The English questions cover a wide range of skills in reading, language and spelling across both literary and factual genres and test types. The skills are clearly specified to enable schools to relate student results to curriculum outcomes and they are not based on any syllabuses.


All entrants must sit the Assessments on the day specified by IEEAC.

Test Conditions

Tests are conducted under strict examination conditions.


The aims of the International Assessments for Schools (English) are to:

  • provide an opportunity for all students to gain a measure of their own achievement in an external assessment situation
  • monitor individual progress across a range of skills and knowledge in English
  • recognise and reward achievement at all levels
  • provide students, parents, teachers and schools with a comprehensive analysis of student performance.


This year the English Assessment will feature:

  • stimulus materials designed to cater for a wide range of student abilities
  • full colour texts and attractive graphics throughout the paper
  • materials that cover a wide range of outcomes in the English curriculum
  • literary and factual texts that can be used as a valuable resource for teachers
  • tasks which will assess student abilities in understanding syntax and grammar.

Who benefits from the English Assessment?


The diagnostic report enables students to:

  • identify personal strengths and weaknesses
  • compare their achievement with the rest of Hong Kong
  • monitor individual progress from year to year
  • celebrate success through receiving a Certificate.

The diagnostic report is particularly valuable for providing an independent result of assessment in specific Key Learning Areas for students at all levels of achievement.

Additionally, the studentís report and Certificate are highly suitable for inclusion in a portfolio which could be used when applying for scholarships, transferring to new schools and even for applying for first jobs.


In addition to the above, parents can use the diagnostic report to discuss the studentís performance with teachers and thereby contribute to the development of an individual learning program for their child.


The confidential statistics report enables schools to:

  • identify strengths and weaknesses in their studentsí performances
  • compare their studentsí achievements with the rest of Hong Kong
  • examine strengths and weaknesses in their school-based curriculum
  • consider the allocation of resources to support the curriculum.


In addition to the above, teachers can use the statistical reports to:

  • monitor individual student progress
  • modify their classroom activities to cater for the individual and/or group needs of their students.

The School Report will feature:

  • comprehensive diagnostic information
  • a personal Student Results Letter with a graphical student profile showing individual strengths and weaknesses
  • feedback on specific skills in reading, language and spelling
  • learning outcomes for each task.

All participants will receive a Certificate suitable for inclusion in a portfolio and the student(s) with the top score in each state will earn a Medal.


What do I get?

Each student receives a diagnostic report on their performance and a Certificate suitable for inclusion in a portfolio.

Schools receive valuable statistics which will enable them to compare their students' achievements with the rest of Hong Kong.

Each Year Level is marked separately. This is why students must enter the Year Level in which they are currently enrolled.

The confidentiality of school statistics is maintained at all times. IEEAC does not use these statistics to draw comparisons between schools or school systems.

All students receive Results Letters providing them with their results. An explanation of how to interpret the Results Letter is provided on the reverse of the letter.

Each school will receive comprehensive feedback on the performance of their students, as well as comparative data. No inter-school comparisons will be made.

Results will be sent by courier to all Schools by the end of May.

Eligibility for Awards

Candidates must have participated in the Assessment on the official date to be eligible for the award of a Medal.

Candidates must have been supervised as for an external examination.

Neither the supervisor, nor any invigilator assisting, should be a family member or relative of any Candidate attempting the Assessment.

In special circumstances, permission may be given to participate on an alternate date. In this case, students will receive Certificates but they may not be eligible to receive a Medal.

Medals are awarded when a score is judged to be sufficiently meritorious.

To ensure the integrity of the Assessment, IEEAC reserves the right to investigate any factors which may have affected student performance and eligibility for awards.



All students who enter the International Assessments receive a

The Certificate is awarded on the following basis for each subject assessed:

  • High Distinction (the top 1% of entrants in each year level in Hong Kong)
  • Distinction (the next 10% of entrants in each year level in Hong Kong)
  • Credit (the next 20% of entrants in each year level in Hong Kong)
  • Participation all other participating students.


Prestigious medals with the IEERA logo are awarded to candidates who score the top mark in Hong Kong, provided that their score is judged to be sufficiently meritorious.

The studentís name, year level, subject and the year of Assessment are engraved on the medal.


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