This year, 12 students from schools around Hong Kong have achieved top marks in the HKDSE, including six “super top scorers”, which means they achieved an additional 5** in the Maths Extended (M1/M2) exam.
Super top scorers were Alex Wong Chi-fung from La Salle College, Anson Kam Chun-kei from St Paul’s Co-educational College, Edward Wong Hon-yin from St Paul’s College, Chloe Choi Yan-ping from Diocesan Girls’ School, Yu Hiu-yat from Queen’s College, and Matthew Chow Bak-yue of Diocesan Boys’ School.
Several of those schools also produced top scorers. Victor Siu Tsz-chung and Herbert Hui Yau-ho from La Salle College, Sze Wan-fong from DGS, and Yip Cheuk-wing from Pui Ching Middle School. And in a very exciting result, both Kwun Tong Maryknoll College and St Mark’s School reported their first ever top scorers, To Cheuk-yin and Chan Wai-nok respectively.
This marks the highest number of candidates to achieve perfect scores in seven or more subjects in the exam’s eight-year history. A total of 54,642 students sat the HKDSE this year.
With the normal stress of sitting a set of exams many Hong Kong students and parents feel decides a young person’s future, 2019 candidates also had the extradition bill’s political unrest going on in the background. Luckily, discipline, a healthy balance, and some handy advice helped this year’s HKDSE students to power through.
Kwun Tong Maryknoll College’s Cheuk-yin reveals he’d struggled in his Chinese oral exam thanks to a sleepless night the night before, which made him realise “that having a strong mentality and not giving in to doubts are the most important parts of exam preparation.”
Cheuk-wing from Pui Ching Middle School has more practical advice and says students should learn to organise and manage their time well, and when preparing for Liberal Studies, they should take brief and accurate notes, adding: “it is essential to listen to what the teacher says because they probably won’t say it a second time!”
Meanwhile, La Salle’s top scorer Herbert was fortunate enough to have a permanent study buddy: his twin brother Hui Yau-wang, who himself is a high achieving student in this year’s DSE, scoring six 5**. They revised together, so taht whenever one slacked off, the other would remind him of the looming exams, and inspire him to work harder.