Admission to the DBS Grade 10 Bridging Program

DBS welcomes Grade 10 Bridging Program applicants who are able to:

  • Demonstrate a strong, independent work ethic and a desire to succeed.
  • Demonstrate academic and language abilities, and commitment to learning languages that are at a level appropriate to the Bridging Program.
  • Maintain a high level of self-motivation, organization and time management.
  • Commit to the Grade 10 Service Program.
  • Show a keen interest and awareness of local, international and global affairs.
  • Respect the views, values and traditions of other individuals and cultures.
  • Be responsible ambassadors for DBS.

Admission tests

All applicants for admissions to DBS Grade 10 Bridging Program will take an age-appropriate reading and writing assessment in English as well as a Chinese/French and Mathematics test.  A cognitive test will also be given.  The results of these will help us asses their ability to engage with the challenges of the English medium IB curriculum.

Details of the written assessments are as follows :

English The G10 Bridging Program English Admissions test consists of two tasks assessing reading skills and writing skills, respectively. The reading task requires a response to a question based on a literary piece of writing; the writing task requires an argumentative response to a quotation. For both tasks, students will be graded on the depth of ideas and understanding presented, and the attention given to crafting. Crafting might include: organisation of ideas, grammar, vocabulary, punctuation and general fluency.
Chinese IB入學試中文卷的設計,旨在讓學生能展示與語言A課程所要求的相關能力,包括文學分析、鑒賞、詮釋及撰寫文學評論的能力。試卷分為兩部分:甲部分為文學作品分析,乙部分為簡短論文寫作。作答以能反映考生的獨特見解、透徹的理解及脈絡分明為尚。
Mathematics The diagnostic test is designed to determine candidates’ prior knowledge and level of skills necessary for success in the IB Bridging year and IB Mathematics. The topics it features are mainly on algebraic manipulation, applications and proofs as well as quadratic equations and coordinate geometry. The test will also include some word-based problems. Make sure you read and follow the instructions carefully as this will also be considered when assessing your performance.
Cognitive Test This test is designed to measure students’ ability to use and apply information appropriately. More specifically, their performance on critical thinking, problem-solving, information literacy and research and written communication skills.
The test is adaptive. Depending on each individual student’s responses, it can take between 25 – 60 minutes to complete. Students may use dictionaries, Google or other reference material during the test. The test does not require any subject-specific knowledge.

Candidates will be required to attend the written tests.

For internal candidates, the tests will take about 3 hours, covering Chinese, English and the Cognitive Test (in English).

For external candidates, the tests will take about 3.5 hours, covering Chinese, English, Mathematics and the Cognitive Test (in English).

Applicants who pass the written assessment will be invited to an individual interview with a panel of teachers representing different aspects of IB, where each student’s potential for learning as well as their ability to engage and succeed within the Bridging Year and IB Diploma curriculum will be explored.

Applicants’ academic background, previous school reports and supporting documents will also be taken into account when considering the applicant’s learning skills and cognitive ability. Applicants must be able to demonstrate academic and language abilities that are at a level appropriate to the DBS Bridging and IB Programs. Behavioural responsibility and the principles of good citizenship with reference to the IB Learner Profile are also taken into consideration.

Admission to the Bridging Program is open to students of all nationalities, as long as they have the right of abode in Hong Kong, who demonstrate the ability to access and benefit from the challenging international curriculum and program offered by the school.

Admission is dependent on:

  • Meeting all admissions procedures and qualifications.
  • Meeting all financial obligations.
  • Availability of places in appropriate classes and programs.
  • Understanding and agreeing to the DBS IB Policies and Guidelines

Students who successfully complete the Grade 10 Bridging Program will be automatically offered a place in the DBS International Baccalaureate Program (IBDP).

Subject choices

The table below indicates the subjects which will be available (changes will be made subject to demand and availability of teachers).

Subject Groups Subjects (Click to read description) Subjects choices
Language and Literature English Compulsory
Chinese Choose either Chinese or French
Individuals and Societies Economics Choose either 2 Sciences and 1 Humanities; or 2 Humanities and 1 Science.

ESS belongs to both Sciences and Humanities and is only available from G11.

It is recommended for students who are planning on choosing ESS in G11 to take Biology in G10.

Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS)
Sciences Physics
Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS)
Mathematics Mathematics Compulsory
Arts and Skills Music, Visual Arts, IB Skills & Physical Education Compulsory

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Global IB results by subject

Please check the latest IB Statistical bulletin here:

IBO Official Statistical Bulletin May 2020