International Stream and French Stream Assessment

No preparation is required!

FIS Assessments are designed to be as relaxed as possible. Our aim is to get to know the children better and to understand the way in which they learn. We do not do formal interviews. Our team will be on hand to encourage and support the children throughout the assessment, and to make them feel comfortable.

International Stream

Entry requirements & expectations

While determining whether the applicant can meet the curriculum requirements, our Assessment team will, amongst other things, need to understand any specific needs of the applicant and what reasonable accommodation can be provided by our school.

We will evaluate their ability to access an English medium curriculum in an age-appropriate way, in addition to their academic performance (if applicable) as well as their potential to thrive in and contribute to the School’s diverse international community.

For Reception year assessments, we seek children who are well-rounded and have reached age-appropriate milestones. We encourage you to refer to Early Years Foundation stage: What to expect, when?

Applicants should demonstrate independence, initiative, and the ability to engage in an informal setting. An age-appropriate command of English is essential. 

From Year 1 to Year 6 Assessments, an age-appropriate command of English is essential, as well as the foundations to be able to access the curriculum specific to each year group.

For Secondary Assessments, a solid command of English is essential since the main language of instruction is English.  We are looking for well-rounded individuals who are willing to work consistently hard in school, developing their character by contributing to the life of the school. 

Assessment format

Find out the general format of assessment:

RC

Approximate time: 60 minutes

  • Play-based group assessment designed to mirror a kindergarten setting
  • Children will engage in a variety of early years activities in English with opportunities for conversation with our teaching staff
  • A review of all supporting documents including the FIS Educational Details Form,  FIS Reference Form and the latest school report(s)

Y1

Approximate time: 60 minutes + 1-hour classroom trial (if needed)

  • Play-based group assessment with educationally-based learning activities in English including phonics, early writing and numeracy
  • Children will have opportunities to engage in conversation with our teaching staff
  • A review of all supporting documents including the FIS Educational Details Form,  FIS Reference Form and the latest school report(s)

Y2 / Y3

Approximate time: 90 to 120 minutes + 1-hour classroom trial (if needed)

  • Group-based assessment conducted during the school day with opportunities to engage with teaching staff.
  • Children will engage in a variety of age-appropriate educational learning activities including phonics, reading, writing and mathematics
  • A review of all supporting documents including the FIS Educational Details Form,  FIS Reference Form and the latest school report(s)

Y4/ Y5/ Y6

Approximate time: 90-minute online assessment test + 30 minute writing essay + 90 minute classroom trial (if needed)

  • An externally moderated, online assessment covering English literacy, non-verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning.
  • Based on the results of the placement test, students may be invited to join for a classroom trial (with  a written task in English) 
  • A review of all supporting documents including the FIS Educational Details Form,  FIS Reference Form and the latest school report(s)

Y7/ Y8/ Y9/Y10/Y12 

  • Meeting with the pupil and parents in English with the Head of Secondary in which the applicant's strengths, interests and aspirations are discussed
  • Review of all supporting documents including the FIS Educational Details Form,  FIS Reference Form and the last two year school reports
  • It is to the discretion of the assessment team to require then for the applicant to complete an age-specific online assessment (CAT4) covering English language, maths, non-verbal and spatial reasoning.

Parents must submit the following documents prior to the Assessment:

  • Student’s Hong Kong ID card or Passport
  • Two latest school reports (if available)
  • FIS Educational Details form & Reference form
  • Assessment fee - payment receipt
  • Recent passport size picture of the applicant on the assessment day (for primary only)

Parents/Legal Guardians confirm that all information provided by them or on their behalf to FIS in relation to the admissions process is true and accurate. FIS reserves the right to withdraw a child's place or revoke an offer of admission if it discovers that any such information is untrue or inaccurate to a material degree, or that any material information was deliberately omitted or withheld at any stage in the admissions process.    

Assessment Fee

There is a fee of HK$1,000 per assessment.

The assessment fee is non-refundable and non-transferable, whether the assessment is successful or unsuccessful and must be settled prior to the assessment day.

This fee is only valid for one academic year. If an applicant does not gain admission, and thus reapplies for the next academic year, the fee must be paid again if invited for an assessment.

Invitation

We aim to meet as many of our applicants as possible during the assessment period.  But while we guarantee an assessment for siblings and debenture holders, we are not able to offer assessments for all other children due to the number of applications we receive.

When a place becomes available, the School will make reasonable efforts to contact the parents by email. But if such efforts fail, the applicant will be removed from the application/waiting list and the place will be offered to another applicant.

If no assessment invitation has been received

We will automatically defer to the next school year and should there be an opening during Term 2 or 3, we will contact candidates following the waiting list priority system in place.

Overseas assessments

All our assessments are conducted on our campuses in Hong Kong except from Y4 onwards, where an online assessment can be taken remotely if the applicant is located overseas.

Should the applicant not come to Hong Kong until the school year starts, please liaise with our Admissions team to discuss solutions in place should she/he be invited for an assessment.


 

French Stream

No evaluation is normally requested for the French Stream. However, a test may be required for students who have not attended a school affiliated to the AEFE in order to place them at a suitable level.

Entry requirements & expectations

While determining whether the applicant can meet the curriculum requirements, our Assessment team will, amongst other things, need to understand any specific needs of the applicant and what reasonable accommodation can be provided by our school.

We will evaluate their ability to access the French curriculum in an age-appropriate way, in addition to their academic performance (if applicable) as well as their potential to thrive in and contribute to the School’s diverse international community.

Therefore, note that applicants who have not been attending an AEFE school or French public school may be required to take a placement exam. 

For Maternelle and Primary assessments, parents will be invited to elaborate as to why they opted to enrol their children in the French Stream of our school, while the applicants will be invited to express themselves through different activities (artistic, fun and recreational) with one assessor. We are assessing, in an age-appropriate way, the following characteristics of the applicant: in speaking, listening, reading, writing in French, and in mathematics (numbers, calculation and geometry). French being the language of instruction, we provide tailored-made lessons to support the acquisition of the language and ease the transition into our curriculum in Maternelle, however from CP to CM2, a good command of French is required. 

For Secondary Assessments, pupils must have acquired sufficient mastery of the knowledge and skills defined in the Common Core set by the French Education Ministry to successfully continue with their education. Fluency in French is essential (as it is the main language of instruction) and we are looking for well-rounded individuals who are willing to develop their critical thinking and judgement, construct their own opinions.

Assessment format

The following table sets out the general format of assessment:

MS & GS

Approximate time: 30-minute Interview + 20-minute classroom trial

  • Parent’s Interview with the campus Headmaster/Deputy Headmaster
  • Play-based group classroom trial where applicants will engage in a variety of activities in French with opportunities for conversation with our assessment team

CP to CM2

Approximate time: 30-minute Interview + Up to 60-minute paper-based assessment

  • Parent’s Interview with the campus Headmaster/Deputy Headmaster
  • Writing and Oral test in French with opportunities to engage with our assessment team
  • Assessing abilities in reading & understanding a document, writing a text, solving a problem, showing creativity (concept,art, drawing), and justify their reasoning towards the task given. 

6eme to 1ere*

Approximate time: 90  minutes writing assessment

  • Age-specific writing assessment covering French language and maths
  • Parent’s and applicants interview with the campus Headmaster/Deputy Headmaster may be required in addition to the assessment in which the applicant's strengths, interests and aspirations are discussed

*Due to the new reform of the French Baccalaureate, a student from a non-AEFE school or French public school cannot join directly the Terminale level (the scores of the class of Premiere  being taken into account)

Parents must submit the following documents prior to the Assessment:

  • Student’s Hong Kong ID card or Passport
  • Two latest school reports (if available)
  • Any supporting documentation about the linguistic level of the applicant’s French

Parents/Legal Guardians confirm that all information provided by them or on their behalf to FIS in relation to the admissions process is true and accurate.   FIS reserves the right to withdraw a child's place or revoke an offer of admission if it discovers that any such information is untrue or inaccurate to a material degree, or that any material information was deliberately omitted or withheld at any stage in the admissions process.    

Assessment Fee 

No fee is required for above assessments within the French stream.

Primary Bilingual/SIA Class

Exceptionally, after the waiting list of our current students for bilingual class has been exhausted and if there is still availability, we can consider the new registered students to pass an assessment in order to join directly our Bilingual Classes.

In order to be accepted in Bilingual class/SIA, the skills and the knowledge of the eligible class level needs to be acquired, and as half the curriculum is taught in French and half in English, students need to be comfortable with  both languages. There is a fee of HK$ 500 per assessment.

The assessment fee is non-refundable and non-transferable, whether the assessment is successful or unsuccessful and must be settled prior to the assessment day.

This fee is only valid for one academic year. If an applicant does not gain admission, and thus reapplies for the next academic year, the fee must be paid again if invited for an assessment.

Invitation 

When a place becomes available, the School will make reasonable efforts to contact the parents by email. But if such efforts fail, the applicant will be removed from the application/waiting list and the place will be offered to another applicant.

If no assessment invitation has been received

We will automatically defer to the next school year and should there be an opening during Term 2 or 3, we will contact candidates following the waiting list priority system in place.

Overseas assessments

All our assessments are conducted on our campuses in Hong Kong except from 6eme level onwards, where the assessment can be taken in the actual school of the applicant under supervision of an accredited staff of this school.

Should the applicant not come to Hong Kong until the school year starts, please liaise with our Admissions team to discuss solutions in place should she/he be invited for an assessment.

Privacy policy statement

All assessment activity records/assessed papers are kept confidential. They remain the property of FIS and will not be released to any third party. No examples of the assessment activities are available.

Disclaimer

The information contained in this page is provided for reference only and is subject to change without notice. FIS does not warrant nor make any representation as to the accuracy, currency, or completeness of such information.