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An introduction to the
AS Use of English
examination
By Miss Vanessa Pang ^.^
A comparison between
the HKCEE and the UE
Writing
HKCEE
Score UE
Paper I
26%
Composition
Candidates are
required to write
about 300 words on
one of the three
topics in Syllabus B
and 250 words in
Syllabus A .
Section B Writing
Candidates are
required to write
about 500 words on
one of the four
topics.
Scor
e
18%
The topics which appear in the
writing options cover three
broad themes:
• 1. School life;
• 2.Hong Kong society;and
• 3. Global interest.
Reading comprehension and
usage
HKCEE
Score UE
Paper II Reading
24%
Comprehension and
Usage
It includes reading
comprehension, MC
questions , matching,
proofreading, blank
filling and so on.
Score
Section C Reading 18%
and Language
Systems
Part I 6%
Reading
comprehension
Part II 12%
Language systems
Part I Reading
Question 1 Comprehension
The questions are divided into three types:
(i) Sentence-level questions e.g. a question testing a
vocabulary item.
(ii) Supra- sentence level questions e.g. a question
which ask you to interpret an argument or refer to
to two or more sentences
(iii) Text level questions e.g. a question which asks
about the overall tone or stance of the article
Part II Language Systems
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Question 2 Multiple choice Cloze
Question 3 Theme Exercise
Question 4 Summary Cloze
Question 5 Matching
Question 6 Proofreading
Listening
HKCEE
Score UE
Paper III
32%
Integrated
Listening , Reading
and Writing
Candidates are
required to
complete writing
task through
listening and
reading the
information in the
data file.
Score
Section A
18%
Listening
It includes form
filling, answer
short questions
and so on.
Section E
Practical skill
for work and
study
HKCEE
Score UE
Section E
Practical skill
for work and
study
Candidates
have to
complete
different
writing tasks
based on the
information in
the data file.
Score
28%
Section E Practical
Skills
In the last four years, the following tasks
have all appeared:
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Writing an article
Completing a leaflet
Preparing answers to questions
Writing a report
Completing a fact-sheet
Responding to suggestions
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Making recommendations
Completing a worksheet
Replying to a letter
Filling in a table
• Section E Use of English examination
is quite a demanding one, and you
have to skim-read a lot of material
quickly to find information that you
need for each task.
Oral
HKCEE
Score UE
Score
Paper IV Oral
Part I Role play
Part II Group
interaction
18%
18%
Section D Oral
Part I Individual
Presentation
Part II Group
Discussion
Part I :Individual Presentation
• Students are required to make a
presentation based on the contents
of a 300-word passage. You should
try your best to reword and/or
rephrase it’s contents. YOU MUST
NOT REPEAT WHOLE SENTENCES
OR PARAGRAPHS FROM THE
ORIGINAL PASSAGE.
Part II: Group Discussion
• In this part, you are expected to
take part in an informal, friendly and
good-humoured interaction. An
attempt should be made to cover
both subject matter of the
discussion and any procedures or
organization which are necessary.
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