Assessments

Assessments take place at the School. Applicants should bring their passports and Hong Kong ID card (if applicable) with them. The dress code is their school uniform or smart-casual.

Overseas applicants sit a computerised test or in some cases written papers, in English, Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning at their current school, or at an authorised Examination Centre. Applicants who demonstrate the required academic ability will subsequently be offered a Skype interview.

The assessment system evaluates the current level of proficiency in English of the applicants in an age-appropriate way in different age groups, in addition to their academic performance, extra-curricular interests, and their potential to thrive in and contribute to the School’s diverse international community.

Year Group

Format of Assessments

Duration

K1 & K2

  • Play-based interview designed to mirror activities undertaken in a kindergarten setting with opportunities for conversation
  • A short meeting with parents may also be required depending on the age of the child
  • Review of the latest school report, if applicable

45 minutes

Years 1 – 2

  • Drawing, early writing and numeracy
  • Engage in conversation about themselves
  • Review of the latest school report

45-60 minutes

Years 3 – 5

  • Interview with the pupil during which his/her strengths, interests and aspirations are discussed
  • Externally moderated online computer tests which assess Mathematics, English and Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Independent writing task to test the level of written English
  • Review of the latest school report

2 hours

Years 6 – 10

  • Interview with the pupil during which his/her strengths, interests and aspirations are discussed
  • Externally-moderated online computer tests which assess Mathematics, English and Non-Verbal Reasoning, with internal subject written tests where necessary
  • Independent writing to test the level of written English
  • Review of the latest school report

3 hours

Year 12

  • Interview with the pupil during which his/her strengths, interests and aspirations are discussed
  • 30-minute written papers in a pupil’s chosen and/or possible AS-Level subjects
  • Review of the latest school report

3 hours

 
 

The School operates a priority system for inviting applicants for assessment when and if places become available in particular year groups throughout the year.

Priority
Number

Categories

1

Corporate Capital Certificate nominees; Individual Capital Certificate Nominees; Children of staff

2

Individual Debenture nominees who are siblings of pupils holding a Corporate Capital Certificate or Individual Capital Certificate or another Individual Debenture, or who are applying from a school which is a member of the Harrow family of schools

3

Individual Debenture nominees

4

Pupils from overseas without a school place in Hong Kong; siblings of pupils currently at Harrow Hong Kong; returning pupils

Beyond priority group 4, other applicants may be asked for assessment in order for the School to meet the gender, nationality and boarding balance outlined in the guiding principles above.

Enrolment to the School is competitive. The Admissions department reviews all applications, but only shortlisted applicants will be invited to further assessments. The number of applicants selected for assessment at any one time will be proportional to the number of places available in a particular year group and is determined by:

  • The priority for assessment categories listed above.
  • An assessment of the information contained in and supporting the Application Form, including school reports.
  • Our guiding principles

Individual needs can be discussed with the Admissions Department before applying to the School. If appropriate, an assessment made by the School’s Individual Needs Coordinator and/or the English for Academic Purposes Coordinator will be available at the assessment stage to ensure specific needs can be met if offered a place.