Coronavirus: International exams, including the SAT, cancelled in Hong Kong

Coronavirus: International exams, including the SAT, cancelled in Hong Kong

The HKEAA announced that certain tests, such as ABRSM music practicals, and dance exams, would also be cancelled for the time being


US-college hopefuls will have to wait to see when they can next sit the test.

While the HKDSE written exams are going ahead almost as originally planned, other examinations have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak, the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority announced today.

In a press release issued on Tuesday, the HKEAA said selected international and professional examinations scheduled between March to May 2020 will be cancelled.

These include the US standardised university admissions test, the SAT, which was due to take place on May 2; ABRSM practical musical exams scheduled for April and May; and Beijing Dance Academy Chinese Dance graded exams scheduled between March 24 and to April 9.

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The announcement comes as the groups that give the SATs and ACT test, another college admissions test, in the US said they're putting off the next nationwide exams. One round of SATs was held on Saturday in the US.

Test takers will be contacted by phone or email with information on further arrangements, although due to the numbers of candidates involved, this may take some time.

For enquiries, call 3628 8787 during office hours (Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5.30pm) or email  



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