The University is changing the HKU scoring system by giving bonus points to applicants with high levels of achievement in subjects in their HKDSE. The dedication and diligence of students in achieving Level 5, 5* or 5** in the HKDSE subjects are attributes that HKU wishes to reward appropriately.

Specifically, HKU's new admissions system will give bonus points on top of the present scores attached to each Level as follows:

  • 0.5 bonus points to any Level 5 subject;
  • 1 bonus point to any subject with Level 5*; and
  • 1.5 bonus points to any subject with Level 5**.

These will be used in calculating a new JUPAS score for applicants to HKU.

This is, in effect, a new scoring system for JUPAS, as follows:

HKDSE Level obtained in Category A - Senior Secondary Subjects 1 2 3 4 5 5* 5**
Level conversion to scores under the existing system 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Level conversion to scores under the New Bonus Points system 1 2 3 4 5.5 7 8.5

The new HKU Scoring System does not only reward excellence in individual HKDSE subjects. The University understands that some students might not be strong in one or two subjects, or, for various reasons, they might not perform as well as they had hoped in one or two subjects, but on the other hand perform excellently by achieving Level 5, 5* or 5** in others. The new Bonus Points System will more than compensate for the lower scores if students achieve a similar number of higher scores that reflect their ability to excel in those subjects.

The new HKU Scoring System will not apply to MBBS in 2019, since the cut-off score for that programme has already been announced, nor to the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences and the Bachelor of Pharmacy programmes since these attract applications from the same pool of students.

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