O Level Higher Chinese Syllabus


(From year 2016 onwards)

* The information provided below is an English translation by Miss SY Wang. The original document in Chinese Language can be obtained HERE.


The O level Higher Chinese Examination (1116) comprises the following:

  1. Paper One: Situational Writing and Essay Writing
  2. Paper Two: Comprehension and Application
  3. Paper Three: Oral Examination




  O Level Higher Chinese
Paper One: Situational Writing and Essay Writing

Approved dictionaries (printed or electronic) by Ministry of Education are allowed to be used.

Duration of Paper One is 2 hours.

Total marks for Paper One is 80.



Section One: Situational Writing


There are a total of 2 questions.

Candidates only need to answer 1 out of the 2 questions.

Typically, situational writing comprises emails, responses to online blogs and online forums.

This section carries 20 marks.



Section Two: Essay Writing


There are a total of 3 questions.

Candidates only need to answer 1 out of the 3 questions.

Typically, essay writing comprises narrative essay writing, expository essay writing and argumentative essay writing (inclusive of speech writing).

This section carries 60 marks.





  O Level Higher Chinese
Paper Two: Comprehension and Application

Duration of Paper Two is 1 hour 45 minutes.

Total marks for Paper Two is 80.

Paper Two comprises cloze passage, grammatical corrections, comprehension I, comprehension II and summary writing.



Section One: Cloze Passage and Grammatical Corrections


(A) Cloze Passage

A passage inclusive of 5 multiple choice questions will be provided.

This section carries 10 marks.


(B) Grammatical Corrections

A passage inclusive of 5 open ended questions will be provided.

This section carries 10 marks.



Section Two: Comprehension I


A comprehension passage will be provided.

There are 5 multiple choice or open ended questions in total.

This section carries 10 marks.



Section Three: Comprehension II


2 comprehension passages will be provided.

There are 9 open ended questions in total.

This section carries 38 marks.



Section Four: Summary Writing


Candidates are to write a summary based on stipulated paragraphs from Comprehension II.

The word limit is 80.

This section carries 12 marks.





  O Level Higher Chinese
Paper Three: Oral Examination

Duration of Paper Three is approximately 20 minutes.

Total marks for Paper Three is 40.

Paper Three comprises oral presentation and discussion.



(A) Oral Presentation


A video (approximately 1 minute 30 seconds) will be provided.

Based on the stipulated question, candidates are required to conduct an oral presentation with reference to the video content.

Candidates have 10 minutes to prepare for the oral presentation.

Candidates are allowed to view the video repeatedly.

Candidates are allowed to take notes while viewing the given video.

This section carries 20 marks.



(B) Oral Discussion


Candidates are required to engage in an oral discussion with the examiners.

This section carries 20 marks.