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FAQ

Account Setup

1.  How can I create an account to access the STAR platform?
Please log in with your EdCity school-based teacher account, individual teacher account affiliated to your school, or student account to access the STAR platform.
For teachers and students to use the platform properly, EdCity school administrator should update their teacher and student account information through EdCity's School Accounts Administration System every school year. For enquiries about account update, please contact us on 2624 1000 or support@edcity.hk.

2.  Can cross-boundary students use the STAR platform in mainland China?
EdCity websites support global network. Yet due to different situations in different areas, cross-boundary students are advised to check in advance if the functions of STAR platform are accessible, such as if multimedia can be played properly.

 

Assessment Setting

1.  How can I search items on the STAR platform?
Teachers creating new papers should start by selecting paper coverage (Basic Competency or Full Curriculum) before adding questions according to the following criteria:

Basic Competency

  • Choose Key Stage (KS) and Basic Competency (BC), and then specify Number of Items or Recommended Time for Completion. There are some optional criteria, including Language and Level of Difficulties, for some subjects or Basic Competency (BC);
  • Task Title or Task Code.

Full Curriculum

Select assessment tasks / questions based on the learning objectives of the Curriculum Guide. Please click here for details.

2.  Are the items categorised into different levels of difficulty?
The following items are categorised into different levels of difficulty: high, medium and low:

  • Items of all subjects under Full Curriculum
  • Items of English language subject and Mathematics under Basic Competency

Teachers can search items based on difficulty level when creating papers.

3.  Can teachers create questions on their own?
The questions and answers on the platform are designed by EDB and HKEAA. Teachers cannot create or modify questions at this stage.

4.  Do schools need to pay to use the platform?
The STAR platform is open to local primary and secondary schools for free. There is no charge for schools.

5.  Can the information and data from the SA platform, which was decommissioned on 1 Jan 2017, be migrated to the STAR platform automatically?
The design and systems of the two platforms are different, so the information and data on the SA platform cannot be automatically migrated to the STAR platform.

6.  When can students see the report and correct answers?
Teachers can set when students can see the report and correct answers: either after they submit the paper, or after the predefined end time of the paper.

7.  When can students submit the paper?
If teachers have selected the setting of 'students must answer all questions', students must finish all tasks or questions before submitting the paper.

8.  If teachers would like students to do the Listening assessment together in school, can the multimedia materials be broadcast by teachers?
Yes. When creating papers, the paper setting of Listening tasks will have a 'Teacher to broadcast multimedia materials' option. If it is set to 'Yes', then students will not be able to play multimedia materials on their own when attempting the paper.

9.  Are all items in the STAR platform automatically marked?
While some items on the STAR platform are automatically marked, others need teacher's marking. When creating papers, teachers can see whether the tasks need manual marking in search results. File upload / recording function are available for some open-ended questions. Students can upload documents, images or multimedia files, or submit the paper through the recording function. Click here for system requirement details, or click here to refer to the 'Online Items Demonstration' of the Student User Guide.

10.  Can the platform be used offline?
STAR is an online assessment platform and can only be used with internet connection.

 

Sharing paper and report

1.  Can teachers share papers and reports with others?
Yes, teachers can share the papers or reports among teaching colleagues of the school by selection along the pull down menu or by entering teachers’ HKEdCity login ID.

2.  Will the changes made by teachers in the shared papers alter the setting of the original paper?
The shared copies are independent, and can be edited individually. Any subsequent changes in the copies will not be propagated to the original one and neither will the subsequent changes in the original propagated to the shared copies.

3.  What are the differences between "share paper" and "share report"?
Teachers can only share report among teaching colleagues of the same school. Recipients of the shared report can check students' submission status and performance, as well as any updates on the report. "Share paper" means sharing of tasks or questions with any teachers.

 

Assigning Papers and Distributing Reports

1.  How will students know they have new assignment from teachers?
Teachers might use the learning management system of the school to notify students.

2.  Is the system verified to support whole class to do the test at the same time for test purpose?
STAR platform developed to support the needs for all schools in HK. So this scenario shall have no problem.

3.  Can teachers download the reports?
Yes, teaches can download the evaluation reports for further analysis.

4.  Can teachers print out the questions or assessment items?
The questions are created with multi-media and interactive elements, which are not for printing use.

What's new

  • Schools are welcome to trial part of the up and coming new functions of STAR 2.2 (Updates on 2 December 2021)
    The trial version of part of the new functions of STAR 2.2 has been provided since 2 December 2021. Schools are welcome to trial. Please CLICK HERE for details.
     
  • STAR 2.0 Assessment Task Catalogue of Chinese Language (Full Curriculum) - 11 August 2021
    The latest STAR 2.0 Assessment Task Catalogue of Chinese Language (Key Stages 1 - 3) (Full Curriculum) were uploaded on the platform for teachers' reference and use. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the task catalogue.
     
  • STAR 2.0 Assessment Task Catalogue of English Language (Full Curriculum) - 12 July 2021
    The latest STAR 2.0 Assessment Task Catalogue of English Language (Key Stages 1 - 3) (Full Curriculum) were uploaded on the platform for teachers' reference and use. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the task catalogue.
     
  • Students Reports of 'Gainful Use of TSA 2021 Materials' STAR Online Mode will be distributed to the Assessment Administration Coordinator as scheduled (Updates on 28 June 2021) 
    Please CLICK HERE for details.
     
  • STAR 2.0 Preset Assessment Tasks of Mathematics (Full Curriculum) – 28 June 2021
    18 newly-developed STAR 2.0 Preset Assessment Tasks of Mathematics (Full Curriculum - Primary 1 to Secondary 3) were listed respectively on the platform for teachers' reference and use. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the tasks or refer to the video guide of Use the 'Preset Papers'.
     
  • STAR 2.0 Preset Assessment Tasks of Mathematics (Full Curriculum) – 21 June 2021
    18 newly-developed STAR 2.0 Preset Assessment Tasks of Mathematics (Full Curriculum - Primary 1 to Secondary 3) were listed respectively on the platform for teachers' reference and use. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the tasks or refer to the video guide of Use the 'Preset Papers'.
     
  • Details of 'Gainful Use of TSA 2021 Materials' STAR Online Mode (Updates on 14 May 2021) 
    Please CLICK HERE for details.
     
  • Presentation slides of the 'Gainful Use of Territory-wide System Assessment 2021 Materials' briefing session (Updates on 6 May 2021)
    Please CLICK HERE to view the presentation slides of the briefing session.
     
  • Arrangement for the 'Gainful Use of Territory-wide System Assessment 2021 Materials' (Updates on 26 April 2021)
    Please CLICK HERE for details and complete the Reply Slip at Annex 3 "Briefing Sessions of the “Gainful Use of TSA 2021 Materials” Arrangement" and return it to the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority for arrangement.
     
  • STAR 2.1 is launched (Updates on 21 April 2021)
    The STAR platform is updated to 2.1 on 21 April 2021. More new functions are released. Please CLICK HERE for details.
     
  • User Guide Update (Updates on 23 February 2021)
    To better support teachers using STAR 2.0, the User Guide is updated on 23 February 2021 with more demo videos. Please CLICK HERE for details .
     
  • Preset Assessment – 16 February 2021
    9, 9 and 9 featured Preset Assessment Tasks of Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics were listed respectively on the platform for teachers' reference and use. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the tasks or refer to the video guide of Use the 'Preset Papers'.
     
  • System Update (Updates on 8 February 2021)
    To improve the user experience of the STAR platform, a system update is performed on 8 February 2021. Please CLICK HERE for more details.
     
  • Preset Assessment – 8 February 2021
    9, 9 and 9 featured Preset Assessment Tasks of Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics were listed respectively on the platform for teachers' reference and use. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the tasks or refer to the video guide of Use the 'Preset Papers'.
     
  • Preset Assessment – 1 February 2021
    12, 9 and 9 featured Preset Assessment Tasks of Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics were listed respectively on the platform for teachers' reference and use. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the tasks or refer to the video guide of Use the 'Preset Papers'.
     
  • Preset Assessment – 25 January 2021
    12, 9 and 9 featured Preset Assessment Tasks of Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics were listed respectively on the platform for teachers' reference and use. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the tasks or refer to the video guide of Use the 'Preset Papers'.
     
  • STAR 2.0 Assessment Task Catalogue of English Language (Full Curriculum) - 18 January 2021
    The STAR 2.0 Assessment Task Catalogue of English Language (Key Stages 1 -3) (Full Curriculum) were uploaded on the platform for teachers' reference and use. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the task catalogue.
     
  • STAR 2.0 Assessment Task Catalogue of Chinese Language (Full Curriculum) - 7 January 2021
    The STAR 2.0 Assessment Task Catalogue of Chinese Language (Key Stages 1 -3) (Full Curriculum) were uploaded on the platform for teachers’ reference and use. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the task catalogue.
     
  • STAR 2.0 Preset Assessment Tasks of Mathematics (Full Curriculum) – 7 December 2020
    36 newly-developed STAR 2.0 Preset Assessment Tasks of Mathematics (Full Curriculum - Primary 1 to Secondary 3) were listed respectively on the platform for teachers' reference and use. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the tasks or refer to the video guide of Use the 'Preset Papers'.
     
  • STAR 2.0 Preset Assessment Tasks of Mathematics (Full Curriculum) – 1 December 2020
    36 newly-developed STAR 2.0 Preset Assessment Tasks of Mathematics (Full Curriculum - Primary 1 to Secondary 3) were listed respectively on the platform for teachers' reference and use. Please CLICK HERE for more details of the tasks or refer to the video guide of Use the 'Preset Papers'.
     
  • The launch of STAR 2.0 to progressively cover full curriculum (Updates on 6 October 2020)
    The STAR platform is upgraded to 2.0 on 6 October 2020. STAR 2.0 will progressively extend the coverage from Basic Competencies to full curriculum of Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics, with new and enhanced features added by phases. Please CLICK HERE for details.
     
  • During the class suspension period due to the epidemic, 249 Chinese, 156 English and 154 Mathematics preset assessment papers were added for teachers' reference and use. For details, please refer to the video guide of Use the 'Preset Papers'.

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  • EDB released the revised Mathematics Education Key Learning Area Curriculum Guide (Primary 1 – Secondary 6) and the revised KS1 Mathematics curriculum in 2017. The relevant sets of Basic Competency descriptors have been updated. In response to the above revision, starting from 11 November 2019, teachers can select either Basic Competency (2017) or Basic Competency (2000) as the question coverage when adding new papers.

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