Dear Students and Parents,

We hope you all had a wonderful Easter break and are ready for the final home stretch to the end of another academic year.

With the end of school fast approaching for Year 13, students in Year 12 have been intensifying their university research and Year 11 are getting ready to embark on their work experience.  In addition to all of this, we have also had a steady flow of university visits so things have been busy on all fronts.

In this email: 
Year 13 – Getting Ready for the Next Chapter
Year 13 – Making Final Decisions
Year 13 – IB Result Request
Year 13 – Pre-Departure Briefing
Year 12 – Getting Busy: Register for SAT and/or ACT
Year 12 – SAT
Year 12 – ACT update
Year 12 – Preparing for SAT
Year 12 – Upcoming Workshops
Year 11 – Getting Ready for Work Experience
Calendar of Events
HEO Coffee Corner
HEO Feature: Make my university application stand out
Career Fair Postponed

Year 13 – Getting Ready for the Next Chapter

University Offers

We are very proud of each and every one of our students' university offers as they continue to roll in. Offers received include:

UK – Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Coventry, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Falmouth, Imperial, King’s College, Leeds, London School of Economics, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Queens Belfast, Queen Mary, Royal Holloway, Sheffield, St Andrews, Sussex, University College London, University of Arts London, University of East Anglia, Warwick, York

Ireland – University College Cork, National University of Galway

US – Chapman University, Clark, University of California – Davis, Emory, University of Florida, Hawaii Pacific, University of La Verne, New York University- Shanghai, Northeastern, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, Penn State, Wheaton, Wooster College

Europe – University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Leiden, Maastricht, Rotterdam School of Management, Utrecht

Hong Kong – Hong Kong Baptist University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Canada – University of British Columbia, McGill, Queens, Simon Fraser, University of Toronto, University of Victoria, Western

China – University of Nottingham Ningbo

Japan – Hokkaido, Keio, Okasa, Waseda

Korea – SUNY Korea

Students are now getting closer to making their final decisions of where to go on the next exciting stage of their journey. Many students are having to decide between different countries and majors, and this process can understandably be complex and time consuming with many different and important factors to consider.

In a recent session, the HEO gave advice on how to work through this complicated process and to tackle some of the difficult issues that may arise.

Making Final Decisions

IB Result Request

Pre-Departure Briefing - 30 May

Our last session with Year 13 will be on the day of their graduation, right after their rehearsals. The HEO will organize an annual and informal session preparing them for the transition from school to independence as a follow up to our recent pre-departure briefing.  

It will be a fun and informative session with several of our own alum sharing their experiences, answering questions and addressing issues such as cultural adjustment, friendships, living on a budget, etc. These sessions will be split into country destinations and are conducted in complete confidentiality without any adults present. These sessions have proved to be very popular and highly beneficial and are a wonderful way to say farewell to our graduating cohort.


Year 12 – Getting Busy

Every student in Year 12 has now had at least one individual counselling session with their HEC. Plans, concerns and strategies have been discussed, and it’s been wonderful to get to know the students on a more personal level. Students are now strongly encouraged to use the wide selection of resources available to deepen their research, and to make further and regular appointments to see their HEC.

For a copy of the resources available please click HERE.

Register for SAT and/or ACT

For students intending to study in the US, it is important that they register for either the SAT or ACT and take the test while they are still in Year 12.   When they return in Year 13 in August, the pace will be intense on both the academic and university application front – taking an SAT or ACT for the first time during this period is not recommended.

For your reference, please see below the anticipated future testing dates for the NEXT academic school year 2018-2019:


Available Tests

6 Oct 2018 

SAT and SAT Subject Tests

1 Dec 2018     

SAT and SAT Subject Tests

9 Mar 2019

SAT and SAT Subject Tests

4 May 2019

SAT and SAT Subject Tests

Remember: ALL US universities accept the SAT or ACT for their admission test requirements.


ACT Update

Exam Date:
 9 June 2018
Registration Deadline: 4 May 2018

2018-2019 Test Dates (tentative)
8 September 2018

27 October 2018

8 December 2018

9 February 2019

13 April 2019

8 June 2019

13 July 2019

For more details on how to register

Preparing for SAT

Khan Academy in conjunction with the College Board offers excellent online SAT prep which is totally FREE.  For more details:

We also recommend the following centres in Hong Kong for SAT and ACT preparation courses:

Upcoming Workshops and University Visits
To help students make their university applications stand out from the rest, and to understand the nuts and bolts of the admissions process, the HEO are holding several important workshops:

Friday 18 May, day zero, 10 am - 12.00 – Year 12 - University Essay Writing Workshop (All Y12 students to attend)

Wednesday 6 June, 1.30-2.20 – Opening UCAS account workshop

Thursday 7 June – Australia University Fair

Wednesday 13 June, 1.30-2.20 pm – Opening Common App Workshop

Wednesday 20 June, 1.30 - 2.20 pm – Hong Kong University Fair (tentative)

Year 11– Getting Ready for Work Experience

Year 11 have been busy writing resumes and cover letters to help them secure work experience in June. For a copy of the presentations given by the HEO:

To help students identify their strengths and interests and match them with potential career clusters and university majors, students have completed several personality and career profiles.

For a copy of these presentations and resources:

Parents are strongly encouraged to sit down with their child and to discuss the results of these profiles as they often provide not only valuable insight, but also can enlighten and inspire students to pursue particular pathways and goals.

Calendar of Events

21 Apr


SCAD Spotlight Day and Sidewalk Arts Festival

SCAD, Hong Kong


25 Apr


Canadian Mini Fair

4F Diploma Centre


30 Apr


Liberal Arts College –  Bowdoin College, Haverford College, Vassar College, and Wesleyan University
will be in Hong Kong

Victoria Shanghai Academy




6 May


The University of Sydney – Hong Kong Open Day

The Excelsior, Causeway Bay


7 May


Les Roches & Glion Institute -The diversity of
careers in hospitality

Room 4101, Maggie Lee’s Room


26 May


European Universities Consortium info session

Carl Benz School – Mechanical Engineering
College of the KIT (Germany 德國)

Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (Switzerland 瑞士)

IE University Segovia/Madrid (Spain 西班牙)

MODUL University Vienna (Austria 奧地利)

Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Italy 義大利)

20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui


View more events:

HEO Coffee Corner

Drop in for a cup of coffee and talk to us!

This year, the HEO will be holding monthly coffee mornings in the DP Centre to keep parents informed on what is happening in the complex arena of Higher Education and to address any issues, questions or concerns.

Time: 08.30am – 09.30am
Venue: 4/F Diploma Center

Thursday 26 Apr (US & Canada)
Register here

Thursday 10 May (Australia & New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Korea and others)
(Venue - Room 4001)
Register here

Thursday 7 Jun (Cost, Scholarships and Financial Aid & Competitive Courses)
Register here

HEO Feature

How do I make my university application stand out from the rest? 

As Higher Education Counsellors, we are often asked this question and in the ever increasing competitive and complex field of university admissions, there is not one simple answer.  Good grades, good test scores, a demonstrated ‘passion’, leadership qualities, extra curricular activities, a strong admissions essay…. The list of requirements can be daunting for any student.  Depending on the country, the university, and the course, requirements can differ dramatically, making the process even more overwhelming.

These articles offer some valuable tips and interesting food for thought, and will be covered in future student and parent sessions:

How (Not) To Make Your College Application Stand Out

Top 7 Qualities Universities Look For in Student Applicants

What Matters Most to Colleges? Good Grades

Write a Personal Statement that Will Get You into College

How Important Are Extracurricular Activities In College Admissions?

Tips on Applying to University Through UCAS Clearing Adjustment

Career Fair Postponed to September

Unfortunately we have had to postpone our career fair to September. However we plan to hold it in conjunction with our University Fair which will make it an important ‘Future Day’ for students. We will notify you shortly of the date so watch this space!

As always, our door is open to see parents and students and we look forward to seeing you all soon.

Kind regards,

Ms. Susie Blomfield & Mrs. Marisa Jackson

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