Hong Kong Higher Level Examination
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The Hong Kong Higher Level Examination (Chinese: 香港高等程度會考) was a public examination taken by students in Hong Kong at the end of Form 6 (Lower Sixth), in preparation for entry to the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) which then offered 4 year courses. It was different from the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination taken by Form 7 (Upper Sixth) students, and was usually taken by students from Chinese Middle schools. It was abolished in 1993 when the CUHK changed its courses to 3-years, the same as the Hong Kong University, after the introduction of the Joint University Programmes Admissions System in 1992.
In 1979, the Chinese University of Hong Kong organized an examination for the high school students who were interested in attending the Chinese University of Hong Kong and it stopped in 1993. After that, the Hong Kong Examinations Authority had organized a new examination known as the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination. Because at the same time there are higher and advanced Level Examination cause confusion, in 1982 the Hong Kong Education adviser had proposed to the Government of Hong Kong to abolish the Higher Level Examination in "Hong Kong education perspective". Education Commission published a second report in 1986 also proposed to repeal the Higher Level Examination.
There were 21,407 students in the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination in 1980; And there were only 12,164 students in Hong Kong Higher Level Examination. However, the Chinese University of Hong Kong launched the "Forum Sixth Provisional Acceptance "measures, the two-year matriculation admitted to CUHK become the other main way for the student. Because of so many disadvantages, number of attendees to the Hong Kong Higher Level Examination was even less than before.
In the late 1980s, the Hong Kong government wanted to create a better university system in Hong Kong. The tenor of studying a degree course in Chinese University of Hong Kong was then gradually switched from four years to three years. Later on , the government launched the Joint University Programmes Admissions System . The University Admissions mechanism only acknowledged the achievements of the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination. Therefore ,Hong Kong Higher Level Examination was discontinued and the last session of the examination was held in 1992.
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