Nationality: dual, New Zealand
Score: I filled in the form by hand, but I think 130 or 135
Languages: English, German
The application process by paper was a pain, especially because I had to get "originals" of documents (such as employment letters) which existed only in electronic form. I almost gave up, but then I got an acceptance letter. They let me postpone my interview for a month as it had taken a month for the letter to reach me. The people in the immigration office itself were quite helpful. The immigration officer started asking me questions about trigonometry. I wasn't sure whether he was trying to double-check that I was really qualified in mathematics, or if he was just being friendly.
I used a testimonial from a professor as my foreign language proof. They complained about this, so I don't know whether I actually got the points for the foreign language or not. Anyway, it only counts for 5 points.
Calling the office from overseas to make an appointment was a pain as well. The best approach was to call about 5 minutes after it opens. The appointment cannot be scheduled via email.
I was worried about having to leave Hong Kong in order to re-enter the country and activate the visa. However, it turns out that you can just go to Macau and it counts as leaving Hong Kong, since Hong Kong immigration is completely separate from Macau and China.
Another stressful moment was when they would not let me on the plane to attend the visa interview, since I did not have an onward ticket showing that I was going to leave Hong Kong. I had to go online at the airport and buy the cheapest one-way ticket out of Hong Kong which I could find. So that is something to be aware of. The expectation is that you (1) get the approval-in-principle letter, (2) make a return trip to Hong Kong to get the visa (3) re-enter Hong Kong with the visa.