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<div><span style="font-size:16px;">The HKDSE English exam was easier than 2015 - but there were still challenges</span></div> bit.ly Beacon College tutor Kenneth Lau explains where the paper was easier and how it was different
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">2016 HKDSE English exam was easier than before, say teachers</span></div> bit.ly Tong Chong-sze, secretary general of the Examinations and Assessment Authority, announced last Tuesday that there had been a slight improvement in DSE English exam results this year. But teachers held differing opinions on why this was.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">2016 Liberal studies candidates struggled with this challenging exam question</span></div> bit.ly Liberal studies candidates were surprised by unfamiliar terms.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">2016 HKDSE maths paper was even tough for teachers</span></div> bit.ly This year’s exam was designed to challenge students by requiring more than maths ability.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">2016 HKDSE history exam was a minefield of tricky questions</span></div> bit.ly Did more historical sources mean more opportunities to mess up? Did you tank? Let us know.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">2016 DSE elective Chinese History exam was easier than ever, say teachers</span></div> bit.ly This year’s DSE elective Chinese History Paper exam was much simpler than last year’s because more popular topics appeared in this year’s paper, secondary school teachers say.H. Y. Fung, a history tutor at Modern Education, noticed that there were not many cross-dynasty questions which required students to compare the political systems in more than one dynasty in Paper One.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">2016 DSE Physics exam had fewer questions, but more in-depth answers needed</span></div> bit.ly Today’s physics exam is over, and although it wasn’t technically tougher than previous years, it was all about understanding how physics applies to real-life phenomenon.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">DSE Chinese exam 2016: where students went wrong and how you can improve</span></div><div><br></div> bit.ly The DSE Chinese exam has been called “the paper of death” because some students who achieved outstanding results in other subjects didn’t even manage to score grade 3 in this.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">What 2016 HKDSE liberal studies students could have done to improve their scores</span></div> bit.ly The liberal studies exam report is out – and liberal studies teacher and Modern Education tutor are here to help make sense of where students went right or wrong.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">2016 HKDSE Biology: one of the easiest papers in five years</span></div> bit.ly This year’s DSE Biology Paper 1 (core) was easier than last year’s, but Paper 2 (electives) was harder, teachers said.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">2016 HKDSE Maths Extended Part was tough, but 2015 was worse</span></div> bit.ly This year’s DSE Maths Extended Part was tough as usual, but not as hard as last year’s, secondary teachers say.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">2016 HKDSE Economics paper was the hardest ever, requiring good knowledge and common sense</span></div> bit.ly Memorising facts and figures is all well and good, but this extremely tough paper required extra thought.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">2016’s Bafs HKDSE threw new and unexpected questions at students</span></div> bit.ly Both teachers and students said candidates needed more time to understand the questions in the Business, Accounting and Financial Studies exam.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">2016 DSE geography exam was a bit of a maze with tricky questions</span></div> bit.ly Today’s DSE Geography exam was not particularly tough, but there were a number of tricky questions, teachers and students say.