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Assessment of Basic Law knowledge in civil service recruitment

For the purpose of heightening public awareness of the Basic Law (BL) and promoting a culture of learning of the BL in the community, applicants for civil service jobs will be assessed on their BL knowledge.  The result of BL test (BLT) will be one of the considerations to assess the suitability of a candidate. 

BLT will be set according to the different academic qualifications stipulated for different types of civil service jobs. Candidates will be assessed on the BL, including its annexes, attachments and appendices, through written tests or interviews. Reference materials on the BL articles and other related information are available in the Government Basic Law Homepage and a mobile application named "A Basic Law Quiz A Day".

The implementation details are as follows –

For civil service jobs requiring degree or professional qualifications, the Civil Service Bureau would conduct BLT alongside the Common Recruitment Examination.  The test result will constitute an appropriate weighting in a candidate's overall assessment. 

The above-mentioned BLT paper will be in both English and Chinese.  It will consist of 15 multiple-choice questions to be completed in 20 minutes. There is no passing mark set for the BLT and the full mark of the paper is 100. Participants will be informed of their results, which are of permanent validity. The test results are acceptable for the purpose of applying for degree/professional civil service jobs, or non-degree/ non-professional civil service jobs requiring academic qualifications at Form 5 level or above.  Candidates may, if they wish so, take the BLT again when applications for the next round of tests are called. Please click here for information on the application arrangements, test format, sample questions and answers.  Frequently asked questions are at this link

For civil service jobs requiring non-degree or non-professional academic qualifications at Form 5 level or aboveNote, the recruitng department or grade will incorporate assessment of BL knowledge in a written test where there is one for the recruitment exercise. Where there is no written test, the recruiting department or grade will conduct a specific written assessment on a candidate's knowledge of the BL immediately before or after the recruitment interview.  The test result will constitute an appropriate weighting in a candidate's overall assessment. 

The above-mentioned BLT paper will be in both English and Chinese. It will consist of 15 multiple-choice questions to be completed in 25 minutes. There is no passing mark set for the BLT and the full mark of the paper is 100. The recruiting department or grade will notify candidates of their test results within 4 weeks. Results are of permanent validity and are acceptable for the purpose of applying for other non-degree/ non-professional civil service jobs requiring academic qualifications at Form 5 level or above. Candidates may, if they wish so, take the BLT again when they apply for another job. If so, the latest test results will be counted.

For civil service jobs requiring academic qualifications below Form 5 level, candidates will be tested orally on their BL knowledge during recruitment interviews. The results of BL assessment will be taken into account only if two candidates are considered equal in all other aspects. 

Note: For the purpose of BL assessment, civil service jobs with appointment requirements at Higher Diploma, Diploma, Higher Certificate, and Certificate level where the general minimum entry requirements are set at ‘Completion of Form 5’, or equivalent, fall under this category.

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