Exam past papers

Main examinations documents

Candidates should download our key examinations documents and read them thoroughly.

Please note that the RSS examinations will no longer be offered after the May 2017 session. Please see our dedicated page on Withdrawal of professional examinations for more information.

Guide to examinations (PDF)
This is our main general and administrative document. It contains information about the exams, regulations about how to register and deadlines for each stage of the process.

Syllabus for examinations in 2017 (PDF)
This document sets out the syllabuses and the structure of the exam papers for all our exams. It also covers the mathematical knowledge required for the Higher Certificate and Graduate Diploma. It applies to exams in 2014 and subsequent years, until further notice.

Guide on how to present information in graphs and diagrams (PDF)
All candidates, but particularly those for the Ordinary Certificate, are advised to read this guide.

Calculator regulations (PDF)
Our calculator regulations are available for you to read. It is important that you understand these and obtain a suitable calculator.

Statistical tables (PDF)
Printed tables are provided for use in the examinations. We advise you to familiarise yourself with the layout of the tables.

Answer book (PDF)
A copy of the front cover of the answer book is available for you to familiarise yourself with.

Examination registration

There are different categories for exam registration depending on whether or not you are already a member of the Society. Detailed information is available on our registration page.

Past papers and solutions

Past papers and specimen papers for our Higher Certificate (modular form introduced in 2007) and for our Graduate Diploma (introduced in 2009) are available on past papers and solutions page.

Reading lists

To help candidates prepare for professional exams we provide reading lists for each of the papers. In some cases, there is one reading list that covers two papers.

The reading lists provide a choice of books and it is not necessary to buy all (or even most) of them. Some of the lists have specific advice about particular books.

It is difficult to keep the list up to date as books go out of print and new editions are published sometimes with a change of author, title or publisher. We hope there is enough information here to enable you to locate any book. If necessary, try using catalogue searches for author and title. If you need help, then please email us.

Ordinary Certificate

Ordinary Certificate, Modules 1 and 2 (PDF)

Higher Certificate

Module 1 (Data collection and Interpretation) (PDF)
Module 2 (Probability models) (PDF)
Module 3 (Basic statistical methods) (PDF)
Module 4 (Linear models) (PDF)
Module 5 (Further probability and inference) (PDF)
Module 6 (Further applications of statistics) (PDF)
Module 7 (Time series and index numbers) (PDF)
Module 8 (Survey sampling and estimation) (PDF)

Graduate Diploma

Module 1 (Probability distributions) (PDF)
Module 2 (Statistical inference) (PDF)
Module 3 (Stochastic processes and time series) (PDF)
Module 4 (Modelling experimental data) (PDF)
Module 5 (Topics in applied statistics) (PDF)

Past papers and solutions

We provide past papers and solutions to help candidates prepare for exams and for anyone interested in our exams.

Free download of PDF files is available from here. If you need paper copies, these can be purchased from us (email us for more information). Solutions to the Graduate Diploma Options Paper are not available.

The examiners’ detailed comments on the standard of work in each year’s exam are also available.

(The Hong Kong Statistical Society (HKSS) provides suggested solutions to many of our papers – these are available from the HKSS website. These solutions are based on material provided by us, but we cannot be responsible for their accuracy.)

Course structure and papers

Papers from 2001 – 2006 follow the original course structure. These papers are listed according to the year they were set: 2006 - 2005 - 2004 - 2003 - 2002 – 2001

A modular version of the Ordinary Certificate was introduced in 2011 to replace the former Paper I and Paper II of the Ordinary Certificate. The syllabuses for the two separate modules (Module 1 and Module 2) are virtually identical to those for the former Paper I and Paper II respectively. Therefore the past papers and solutions for Papers I and II are suitable for use in conjunction with the new Modules 1 and 2.
These papers are listed according to the year they were set: 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 – 2007

A modular version of the Higher Certificate was introduced in 2007. Specimen papers and solutions for all the modules are available below.

A modular version of the Graduate Diploma was introduced in 2009. Specimen papers and solutions for all the modules are available below.

2016

Ordinary Certificate

Module 1 : (Collection and compilation of data) ( PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 2 : (Analysis and presentation of data) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Higher Certificate

Module 1 : (Data collection and interpretation) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 2 : (Probability models)(PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 3 : (Basic statistical methods) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 4 : (Linear models)(PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 5 : (Further probability and inference) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 6 : (Further applications of statistics)(PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 7 : (Time series and index numbers) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 8 : (Survey sampling and estimation)(PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Graduate Diploma

Module 1 : (Probability distributions) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 2 : (Statistical Inference) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 3 : (Stochastic processes and time series) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 4 : (Modelling experimental data) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 5 : (Topics in applied statistics) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Examiners’ detailed comments (PDF)

2015

Ordinary Certificate

Module 1 (Data collection and interpretation) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 2 (Data presentation and analysis) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Higher Certificate

Module 1 (Data collection and interpretation) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 2 (Probability models) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 3 (Basic statistical methods) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 4 (Linear models) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 5 (Further probability and inference) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 6 (Further applications of statistics) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 7 (Time series and index numbers) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 8 (Survey sampling and estimation) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Graduate Diploma

Module 1 (Probability models) (PDF)
Solution (PDF)
Module 2 (Statistical inference) (PDF)
Solution (PDF)
Module 3 (Stochastic processes and time series) (PDF)
Solution (PDF)
Module 4 (Modelling experimental data) (PDF)
Solution (PDF)
Module 5 (Topics in applied statistics) (PDF)
Solution (PDF)
Examiners’ detailed comments (PDF)

2014

Ordinary Certificate

Module 1 (Data collection and interpretation) (PDF)
Module 2 (Data presentation and analysis) (PDF)

Higher Certificate

Module 1 (Data collection and interpretation) (PDF)
Module 2 (Probability models) (PDF)
Module 3 (Basic statistical methods) (PDF)
Module 4 (Linear models) (PDF)
Module 5 (Further probability and inference) (PDF)
Module 6 (Further applications of statistics) (PDF)
Module 7 (Time series and index numbers) (PDF)
Module 8 (Survey sampling and estimation) (PDF)

Graduate Diploma

Module 1 (Probability models) (PDF)
Module 2 (Statistical inference) (PDF)
Module 3 (Stochastic processes and time series) (PDF)
Module 4 (Modelling experimental data) (PDF)
Module 5 (Topics in applied statistics) (PDF)
Examiners’ detailed comments (PDF)

2013

Ordinary Certificate

Module 1 (Data collection and interpretation) (PDF)
Module 2 (Data presentation and analysis) (PDF)

Higher Certificate

Module 1 (Data collection and interpretation) (PDF)
Module 2 (Probability models) (PDF)
Module 3 (Basic statistical methods) (PDF)
Module 4 (Linear models) (PDF)
Module 5 (Further probability and inference) (PDF)
Module 6 (Further applications of statistics) (PDF)
Module 7 (Time series and index numbers) (PDF)
Module 8 (Survey sampling and estimation) (PDF)

Graduate Diploma

Module 1 (Probability models) (PDF)
Module 2 (Statistical inference) (PDF)
Module 3 (Stochastic processes and time series) (PDF)
Module 4 (Modelling experimental data) (PDF)
Module 5 (Topics in applied statistics) (PDF)
Examiners’ detailed comments (PDF)

2012

Ordinary Certificate

Ordinary Certificate Module 1 (PDF)
Ordinary Certificate Module 2 (PDF)

Higher Certificate

Module 1 (Data collection and interpretation) (PDF)
Module 2 (Probability models) (PDF)
Module 3 (Basic statistical methods) (PDF)
Module 4 (Linear models) (PDF)
Module 5 (Further probability and inference) (PDF)
Module 6 (Further applications of statistics) (PDF)
Module 7 (Time series and index numbers) (PDF)
Module 8 (Survey sampling and estimation) (PDF)

Graduate Diploma

Module 1 (Probability distributions) (PDF)
Module 2 (Statistical inference) (PDF)
Module 3 (Stochastic processes and time series) (PDF)
Module 4 (Modelling experimental data) (PDF)
Module 5 (Topics in applied statistics) (PDF)
Examiners’ detailed comments (PDF)

2011

From 2011 onwards solutions for the examination papers are not provided.

Ordinary Certificate

Ordinary Certificate Module 1 (PDF)
Ordinary Certificate Module 2 (PDF)

Higher Certificate

Module 1 (Data collection and interpretation) (PDF)
Module 2 (Probability models) (PDF)
Module 3 (Basic statistical methods) (PDF)
Module 4 (Linear models) (PDF)
Module 5 (Further probability and inference) (PDF)
Module 6 (Further applications of statistics) (PDF)
Module 7 (Time series and index numbers) (PDF)
Module 8 (Survey sampling and estimation) (PDF)

Graduate Diploma

Module 1 (Probability distributions) (PDF)
Module 2 (Statistical inference) (PDF)
Module 3 (Stochastic processes and time series) (PDF)
Module 4 (Modelling experimental data) (PDF)
Module 5 (Topics in applied statistics) (PDF)
Examiners’ detailed comments (PDF)

2010

Ordinary Certificate

Ordinary Certificate Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Ordinary Certificate Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Higher Certificate

Module 1 (Data collection and interpretation) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 2 (Probability models) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 3 (Basic statistical methods) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 4 (Linear models) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 5 (Further probability and inference) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 6 (Further applications of statistics) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 7 (Time series and index numbers) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 8 (Survey sampling and estimation) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Graduate Diploma

Module 1 (Probability distributions) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 2 (Statistical inference) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 3 (Stochastic processes and time series) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 4 (Modelling experimental data) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 5 (Topics in applied statistics) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Examiners’ detailed comments (PDF)

2009

Ordinary Certificate

Ordinary Certificate Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Ordinary Certificate Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Higher Certificate

Module 1 (Data collection and interpretation) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 2 (Probability models) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 3 (Basic statistical methods) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 4 (Linear models) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 5 (Further probability and inference) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 6 (Further applications of statistics) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 7 (Time series and index numbers) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 8 (Survey sampling and estimation) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Graduate Diploma (the former non-modular version, offered for the last time in 2009)

Statistical theory and methods Paper I (PDF)
Statistical theory and methods Paper II (PDF)
Applied statistics Paper I (PDF)
Applied statistics Paper II (PDF)
Options Paper (PDF)

  • Solutions for the above five papers (Graduate Diploma 2009) are not provided
  • Modular version of the Graduate Diploma introduced in 2009 and question papers and solutions for 2009 for all five modules are available (see below)
  • Specimen papers and solutions for all modules are available (see below)
  • Solutions for all papers (except the Options Paper) for the previous version of the Graduate Diploma from 2001 to 2007 inclusive are available (see above)

Modular version of Graduate Diploma

Module 1 (Probability distributions) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 2 (Statistical inference) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 3 (Stochastic processes and time series) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 4 (Modelling experimental data) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 5 (Topics in applied statistics) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Examiners’ detailed comments (PDF)

2008

Ordinary Certificate

Ordinary Certificate Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Ordinary Certificate Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Higher Certificate (the former non-modular version, offered for the last time in 2008)

Statistical theory Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Statistical methods Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Statistical applications and practice Paper III (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

  • Solutions for the above three papers (Higher Certificate 2008) are not provided
  • Modular version of the Higher Certificate introduced in 2007 and question papers and solutions for 2008 for all eight modules are available (see below)
  • Question papers and solutions for the four modules offered in 2007 are available (see below)
  • Specimen papers and solutions for all modules are available (see below)
  • Solutions for all papers for the previous version of the Higher Certificate from 2001 to 2006 inclusive are available (see above)

Modular version of Higher Certificate

Module 1 (Data collection and interpretation) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 2 (Probability models) (PD
Solutions (PDF)
Module 3 (Basic statistical methods) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 4 (Linear models) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 5 (Further probability and inference) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 6 (Further applications of statistics) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 7 (Time series and index numbers) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 8 (Survey sampling and estimation) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Graduate Diploma (the former non-modular version, offered for the last time in 2009)

Statistical theory and methods Paper I (PDF)
Statistical theory and methods Paper II (PDF)
Applied statistics Paper I (PDF)
Applied statistics Paper II (PDF)
Options Paper (PDF)
Examiners’ detailed comments (PDF)

2007

Ordinary Certificate

Ordinary Certificate Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Ordinary Certificate Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Higher Certificate (the former non-modular version, offered for the last time in 2008)

Statistical theory Paper I (PDF
Solutions (PDF)
Statistical methods Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Statistical applications and practice Paper III (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Modular version of Higher Certificate

Modules 1, 2, 7 and 8 were offered in 2007

Module 1 (Data collection and interpretation)  (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 2 (Probability models) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 7 (Time series and index numbers) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Module 8 (Survey sampling and estimation) (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Graduate Diploma (the former non-modular version, offered for the last time in 2009)

Statistical theory and methods Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Statistical theory and methods Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Applied statistics Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Applied statistics Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Options Paper (PDF)
Examiners’ detailed comments (PDF)

2006

Ordinary Certificate

Ordinary Certificate Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Ordinary Certificate Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Higher Certificate (the former non-modular version, offered for the last time in 2008)

Statistical theory Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Statistical methods Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Statistical applications and practice Paper III (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Graduate Diploma (the former non-modular version, offered for the last time in 2009)

Statistical theory and methods Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Statistical theory and methods Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Applied statistics Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Applied statistics Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Options Paper (PDF)
Examiners’ detailed comments (PDF)

2005

Ordinary Certificate

Ordinary Certificate Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Ordinary Certificate Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Higher Certificate (the former non-modular version, offered for the last time in 2008)

Statistical theory Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Statistical methods Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Statistical applications and practice Paper III (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Graduate Diploma (the former non-modular version, offered for the last time in 2009)

Statistical theory and methods Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Statistical theory and methods Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Applied statistics Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Applied statistics Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Options Paper (PDF)
Examiners’ detailed comments (PDF)

2004

Ordinary Certificate

Ordinary Certificate Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Ordinary Certificate Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Higher Certificate (the former non-modular version, offered for the last time in 2008)

Statistical theory Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Statistical methods Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Statistical applications and practice Paper III (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Graduate Diploma (the former non-modular version, offered for the last time in 2009)

Statistical theory and methods Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Statistical theory and methods Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Applied statistics Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Applied statistics Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Options Paper (PDF)
Examiners’ detailed comments (PDF)

2003

Ordinary Certificate

Ordinary Certificate Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Ordinary Certificate Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Higher Certificate (the former non-modular version, offered for the last time in 2008)

Statistical theory Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Statistical methods Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Statistical applications and practice Paper III (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Graduate Diploma (the former non-modular version, offered for the last time in 2009)

Statistical theory and methods Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Statistical theory and methods Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Applied statistics Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Applied statistics Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Options Paper
Examiners’ detailed comments (PDF)

2002

Ordinary Certificate

Ordinary Certificate Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Ordinary Certificate Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Higher Certificate (the former non-modular version, offered for the last time in 2008)

Statistical theory Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Statistical methods Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Statistical applications and practice Paper III (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Graduate Diploma (the former non-modular version, offered for the last time in 2009)

Statistical theory and methods Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Statistical theory and methods Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Applied statistics paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Applied statistics paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Options paper (PDF)
Examiners’ detailed comments (PDF)

2001

Ordinary Certificate

Ordinary Certificate Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Ordinary Certificate Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Higher Certificate (the former non-modular version, offered for the last time in 2008)

Statistical theory Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Statistical methods Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Statistical applications and practice Paper III (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)

Graduate Diploma (the former non-modular version, offered for the last time in 2009)

Statistical theory and methods Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Statistical theory and methods Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Applied statistics Paper I (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Applied statistics Paper II (PDF)
Solutions (PDF)
Options Paper (PDF)
Examiners’ detailed comments (PDF)

Specimen papers and solutions for modular form of Higher Certificate examination

The modular version of the Higher Certificate examination has been progressively introduced from 2007.

Download specimen papers and solutions for each module, the paper and its solutions are in the same PDF file.

Specimen papers

Module 1 – Data collection and interpretation
Specimen Paper A (PDF)
Specimen Paper B (PDF)

Module 2 – Probability models
Specimen Paper A (PDF)
Specimen Paper B (PDF)

Module 3 – Basic statistical methods
Specimen Paper A (PDF)
Specimen Paper B (PDF)

Module 4 – Linear models
Specimen Paper A (PDF)
Specimen Paper B (PDF)

Module 5 – Further probability and inference
Specimen Paper A (PDF)
Specimen Paper B (PDF)

Module 6 – Further applications of statistics
Specimen Paper A (PDF)
Specimen Paper B (PDF)

Module 7 – Time series and index numbers
Specimen Paper (PDF)       

Module 8 – Survey sampling and estimation
Specimen Paper (PDF)

Specimen papers and solutions for modular form of Graduate Diploma examination

The modular version of the Graduate Diploma exam was introduced in 2009.
Specimen papers and solutions for each module are available for download.

Specimen papers

Module 1 – Probability distributions
Specimen material (includes questions, solutions and guidance to suitable material in other exam papers) (PDF)

Module 2 – Statistical inference
Specimen material (includes questions, solutions and guidance to suitable material in other exam papers) (PDF)

Module 3 – Stochastic processes and time series
Specimen Paper A (PDF)
Solutions A (PDF)
Specimen Paper B (PDF)
Solutions B (PDF)

Module 4 – Modelling experimental data
Specimen Paper A (PDF)
Solutions A (PDF)
Specimen Paper B (PDF)
Solutions B (PDF)

Module 5 – Topics in applied statistics
Specimen Paper A (PDF)
Solutions A (PDF)
Specimen Paper B (PDF)
Solutions B (PDF)