World Class Tests were conceived by the Department for Education in London, UK. They cover Mathematics and Problem Solving and are designed to provide a challenging and fun assessment for the most able 8-14 year-old students.
World Class Tests help to identify and challenge able students, requiring them to apply their awareness to solve unfamiliar problems. Students are expected to communicate and explain their solutions.
Students taking World Class Tests should be able to:
- think creatively and logically
- use their thinking skills to solve problems and answer questions that are unfamiliar
- communicate clearly how they think through and solve questions
Each test has a paper component and a computer component. Students must take both. 8-11 year-old students have 60 minutes for each component. 12-14 year-old have 75 minutes.
|Professor M.Y. Wong
School of Mathematics Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
“By hosting WCT, we have unleashed students’ potentials in mathematics and they have attained a better grasp of the concepts behind. However, students also need to improve on how they express themselves. This is a key element for every student’s growth and learning.”
|Principal Y.N. Au
Ho Lap Secondary School
“It’s not really important if a student receives awards or not in WCT. What matters most is the process of test taking. Stimulating an interest for students in mathematics and logical thinking is already a massive step forward for their academic paths.”
|Professor T.K. Ng
Executive Director of The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education
“If students showing potential do not continue to further enhance their abilities, they may gradually lose their touch. Through WCT, students will have more opportunities to further cultivate and nurture their higher thinking abilities. Students should grasp on to every opportunity that arises and rise to the occasion.”
Unlike banal tests, WCT is an enjoyable series of interactive and intellectually stimulating tests. Through our new way of assessment , you can prove your ability in observation, comprehension and organisation.
|Lai Wai Lok
“WCT has helped me to understand my mathematical and problem solving abilities. In the long run, I can better tackle questions in other exams as well.”
|Dorothy Cheng Wai Chung
Student of The Diocesan Girls School of Hong Kong
“I remember a WCT question that asks students to resolve an issue with a limited set of household tools. WCT doesn’t limit to mathematical knowledge but also high level of intuition and flexibility in thinking. You really have to think outside the box. I believe that involving problem solving skill as a part of the learning experience is very helpful and can reap rewards in the long run. Problem solving is an attribute that can assist us in all aspects of life.”
|Chui Tin Chau
“WCT questions are unique. Unlike mathematics in class, this test has truly tested my ability in higher order thinking and analytical skills. Certain real- life scenarios related to daily life were even incorporated in the test; definitely a test worth taking.”
|Victor Lin Shao-yuan
“You can't just memorise a bunch of formulas, because there are no fixed formats or patterns to the questions.”
|Wong Tsz Yan
“WCT is interesting and challenging. It’s different from the mathematical tests in mainland China which require a great deal of memorization of formulas and procedures.”
|Kung Wai Koon
University of Hong Kong
“I remember one of the computer based questions of the tests simulated the growth of a plant. The question asked us to figure out how to grow the tallest plant. This form of questioning was something I have never been exposed to, and it has inspired me to learn.”