Hong Kong students are less stressed about the diploma of secondary education (DSE) test this year than in previous years, according to Apple Daily.
The test, a pre-requisite for university admission, starts on Monday.
More than one in 10 students are stressed about the examination compared with nearly double the number last year, the report said, citing a survey by counselling group Hok Yau Club.
The survey interviewed 2,969 secondary students in January.
Their average stress score was 6.83 points from a range of 0 to 10, the lowest since DSE was launched in 2012.
The stress index has been between 6.9 and 7.42 points in the past three years, Hok Yau Club said.
English causes the biggest pressure for DSE takers, with the stress index at 6.96, down from 7.57 last year.
Students are under little pressure in liberal studies, with the stress index at 5.86, down from 6.34 in 2014.
The survey shows stress mainly comes from lack of time to study, the same factor cited in the previous year.
Other reasons are self-expectation, too much course content, parental pressure and competition.
Ng Po-shing, the group’s vice director of the student guidance center, said the falling stress levels could be due to less test content.
He urged students and parents to have reasonable expectations and not regard university as the only way to advance their studies.
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