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Alternative Qualifications in Chinese Language (ACL) (for Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) Applicants only)

1 Who are eligible to submit ACL?

Submission of ACL is applicable to NCS applicants only.  NCS applicants who meet either one of the following specified circumstances are eligible to submit ACL:

  1. the applicants have learnt Chinese language for less than 6 years while receiving primary and secondary education; or

  2. the applicants have learnt Chinese language for 6 years or more in schools, but have been taught an adapted and simpler curriculum not normally applicable to the majority of applicants in local schools.

2 Are NCS applicants eligible to submit ACL if they will obtain / have obtained HKDSE Examination results in Chinese Language?

YES.  NCS applicants, regardless of whether they will obtain / have obtained HKDSE Examination results in Chinese Language, who meet either one of the following specified circumstances are eligible to submit ACL:

  1. the applicants have learnt Chinese language for less than 6 years while receiving primary and secondary education; or

  2. the applicants have learnt Chinese language for 6 years or more in schools, but have been taught an adapted and simpler curriculum not normally applicable to the majority of applicants in local schools.

3 How will the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions consider applicants who have submitted ACL and who at the same time have also obtained HKDSE Examination results in Chinese Language?

It will be entirely up to the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions to decide how these qualifications will be taken into consideration for admission purposes since determination of applicants' suitability for admission is entirely the decisions of the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions, and is entirely independent of the JUPAS Office.  In this regard, applicants should consult the general entrance requirements and individual programme requirements and the websites of the respective institutions for further information.

4 Will the HKDSE Examination Category B: Applied Learning Chinese (ApL(C)) results not being recorded on the HKDSE Examination certificate be obtained by the JUPAS Office from the HKEAA and eventually be submitted as ACL at applicants' JUPAS accounts? 

NO.  Without submitting applications to the HKEAA for recording the ApL(C) results on the HKDSE Examination certificates, the respective ApL(C) results will not be obtained from the HKEAA nor will they be submitted as ACL at applicants' JUPAS accounts by the JUPAS Office.  Details in relation to recording the ApL(C) results on the HKDSE Examination certificates, please contact the HKEAA.

5 Can all applicants input their GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination results in Chinese language as ACL in lieu of the HKDSE Examination in Chinese language?

NO.  Only NCS applicants who meet either one of the following specified circumstances are eligible to submit ACL:

  1. the applicants have learnt Chinese language for less than 6 years while receiving primary and secondary education; or

  2. the applicants have learnt Chinese language for 6 years or more in schools, but have been taught an adapted and simpler curriculum not normally applicable to the majority of applicants in local schools.

6 What are certified true copies?

Certified true copies are copies of the certificates (i.e. NOT the original documents) which have been certified by the issuing authorities concerned, or school principals.

7 How can the NCS non-school applicants confirm if the completed "School Principal's Certification of Specified Circumstances" and the certified true copies or originals and copies of the certificates of the GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination results have been received by the JUPAS Office?

NCS non-school applicants who have submitted the completed "School Principal's Certification of Specified Circumstances" and the certified true copies or originals and copies of their certificates of the GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination results to the JUPAS Office can log on their JUPAS accounts to check the verification and / or certification status 2 working days after the copies are received by the JUPAS Office.  The submission of certified true copies or originals and copies of the certificates of the GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination results is not applicable to the applicants with ApL(C) results only.

Please refer to the section on Alternative Qualifications in Chinese Language (ACL) (for Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) Applicants only).

8 How can the NCS school applicants confirm if their GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination results and the specified circumstances have been verified and certified respectively by their schools?

NCS school applicants who have produced the original copies of their certificates of GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination results to their schools for verification via the JUPAS online application system need not submit supporting documents to the JUPAS Office again.  They can log on their JUPAS accounts to check the verification status once the qualifications and the specified circumstances have been verified and certified respectively by their schools.

Please refer to the section on Alternative Qualifications in Chinese Language (ACL) (for Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) Applicants only).

9 Why can't the information under ACL be updated even before the deadline for submission of ACL (i.e. 3 April 2019 (11:59 pm))?

If the certification of specified circumstances has already been completed by schools / the JUPAS Office, applicants will not be able to update their ACL even if it is before the deadline for submission of ACL (i.e. 3 April 2019 (11:59 pm)).  As such, the applicants have to request their schools (for school applicants) /  the JUPAS Office (for non-school applicants) to "undo" the certification so as to allow them to update their ACL.  After updating the ACL, applicants should request their schools / the JUPAS Office to complete the verification of ACL and certification of specified circumstances again before the deadline for verification and certification of ACL (i.e. 10 April 2019 (5:00 pm)).

10 If the original certificates with subject grades of GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examinations have been lost / have not been provided by the examination authorities, could online results / reports or provisional results of relevant qualifications be submitted as substitutions in such case?

NO.  Online results / reports and provisional results will not be accepted as substitutions under any circumstances.

Applicants who still wish to submit the relevant qualifications as ACL should contact the examination authorities concerned to obtain the replacement of the certificates with subject grades by the deadline for verification and certification of ACL (i.e. 10 April 2019 (5:00 pm)).

Applicants should pay attention to the turnaround time for obtaining the replacement as the applicants' ACL will NOT be taken into consideration by the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions and their ACL indicated under "Alternative Qualification(s) in Chinese Language (ACL) will be deleted from their JUPAS accounts if the certified true copies or originals and copies of the certificates of the GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination results are not received by the JUPAS Office on or before the deadline for verification and certification of ACL (i.e. 10 April 2019 (5:00 pm)).

11 Will the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions consider ACL as a core subject?

The 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions will consider, for the purpose of satisfying their minimum entrance requirements, ACL (viz. ApL(C)GCE, GCSE and IGCSE Examination) under specified circumstances in lieu of general Chinese language requirement for NCS applicants seeking admission to the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions.

Information on the ACL accepted by the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions, the minimum grade required, and any specific requirements of individual programmes is listed below:

Please refer to the section on Alternative Qualifications in Chinese Language (ACL) (for Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) Applicants only).

12 If NCS applicants only have HKDSE Examination Category C: Other Language Subjects results instead of HKDSE Examination results in Chinese language or ACL, how will the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions consider their applications?

It will be entirely up to the institutions to decide how these qualifications will be taken into consideration for admission purposes since determination of applicants' suitability for admission is entirely the decisions of the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions, and is entirely independent of the JUPAS Office.  In this regard, applicants should consult the general entrance requirements and individual programme requirements and the websites of the respective institutions for further information.

13 If applicants have undergone name changes but the names contained in the certificates are the old ones, what should applicants do?

Applicants must inform the JUPAS Office in writing and attach copies of Deed Poll / travelling documents containing the previous names for its necessary actions.

Please refer to the section on Personal Profile.