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Common Recruitment Examination and Basic Law Test (Degree / Professional Grades) (CRE and BLT)

The coming CRE and BLT in Hong Kong

The application period for the coming CRE and BLT scheduled to be held on 4 and 11 October 2014 in Hong Kong was closed at 5:00 p.m. on 14 August 2014 (Hong Kong time).

Applicants for the examination in Hong Kong will be arranged to sit the examination on one of the above examination dates according to their choice of examination papers.  Any requests for change of examination date / venue will NOT be considered.  The arrangements on how different groups of candidates are assigned to sit the examination on the above examination dates will be announced in mid September 2014.

An e-mail will be sent to applicants notifying them of the relevant examination details. Applicants who are assigned, according to the arrangements to be announced on this webpage in mid September, to sit the examination on 4 October 2014 but do not receive the e-mail by 22 September 2014 should immediately contact the Civil Service Examinations Unit (CSEU) by phone at (852) 2537 6429 or by e-mail to csbcseu@csb.gov.hk.  Those being assigned to sit the examination on 11 October 2014 should immediately contact the CSEU if they do not receive the e-mail by 29 September 2014.

Persons who have applied for the coming CRE and BLT in Hong Kong in October 2014 should read through the "Notes for Applicants" and "Frequently Asked Questions".

Please visit this webpage regularly for the latest information.

The CRE and BLT outside Hong Kong  

For the convenience of those studying or residing outside Hong Kong, this round of CRE and BLT will also be held on 6 December 2014 in seven other cities, namely Beijing, London, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney.  Applications for taking the examination outside Hong Kong will be called from 16 to 29 September 2014.  The application details and an on-line application system will be available on this webpage between 16 and 29 September 2014. 

Persons who wish to apply for the CRE and BLT outside Hong Kong in December 2014 should also read the "Frequently Asked Questions" for more information.

Important Note:  

Applicants may choose to take any of the CRE papers and / or the BLT paper in this examination either in Hong Kong or in one of the cities outside Hong Kong.    Persons who have applied in August 2014 for sitting the examination in Hong Kong will NOT be allowed to apply again for sitting the examination outside Hong Kong.

Who may apply

Applicants for the coming CRE and BLT should be –

(a)   

holders of degree (not including Associate Degree); or

(b)

university students who will have attained a degree in the 2014-15 academic year; or

(c)

holders of a qualification meeting the entry requirement on professional qualifications for civil service degree or professional posts.

What is CRE

The CRE consists of three 45-minute papers, namely Use of English (UE), Use of Chinese (UC) and Aptitude Test (AT), in multiple-choice format.  The UE and UC papers assess proficiency in English and Chinese languages respectively whereas the AT paper assesses reasoning abilities.  Candidates' results in the UE and UC papers are classified as Level 2, Level 1 or Fail, with Level 2 being the highest.  Results in the AT paper are classified as Pass or Fail.  Level 2 and Level 1 results of the two language papers and Pass result of the AT paper are of permanent validity.

Grade C or above in Use of English of the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) or in English Language of the General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) (GCE A Level) is accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the UE paper of the CRE.  Grade C or above in Chinese Language and Culture or Chinese Language and Literature of the HKALE is accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the UC paper of the CRE.  Applicants with the above result(s) will NOT be arranged to take the UE and / or UC paper(s).

Grade D in Use of English of the HKALE or in English Language of the GCE A Level is accepted as equivalent to Level 1 in the UE paper of the CRE.  Grade D in Chinese Language and Culture or Chinese Language and Literature of the HKALE is accepted as equivalent to Level 1 in the UC paper of the CRE.  Applicants with the above result(s) may wish to take this into account in deciding whether they need to take the UE and / or UC paper(s) having regard to the requirements of the civil service post(s) in which they are interested.

An overall band of 6.5 or above with no subtest score below band 6 obtained in the same sitting in the Academic Module of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the 2-year validity period of the test is accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the UE paper of the CRE.  Applicants with the above results may wish to take this into account in deciding whether they need to take the UE paper.

CRE and Civil Service Recruitment

As a general requirement in language proficiency, applicants for civil service posts at degree or professional level are required to obtain either Level 2 or Level 1 in the UE and UC papers in the CRE as stipulated by individual recruiting departments / grades in the relevant recruitment advertisements.  Applicants with Level 2 in the UE and UC papers are considered as meeting the general language proficiency requirements of all degree or professional grades. Applicants for some of these posts are also required to obtain a Pass in the AT paper in addition to the requisite results in the UE and UC papers.

List of grades and entry ranks requiring CRE results ( PDF Format )
   

Some civil service grades (e.g. disciplined services grades) offer different entry pay points to recruits according to their academic qualifications.  Degree holders without the requisite CRE results may still apply for these posts but will not be eligible for the degree pay point.

Grades offering different entry pay points according to academic qualifications ( PDF Format )
   

Persons who wish to apply for civil service posts at degree or professional level should first obtain the requisite CRE results unless otherwise specified in the relevant recruitment advertisements.  Applicants may choose to attempt all, any one, or any combination of the papers.  Applicants are advised to ascertain the requirements of the civil service post(s) in which they are interested and other examination results accepted as equivalent to CRE results before deciding on which paper(s) they should attempt.

The CRE is held independently of the recruitment process for any civil service post.  Persons who wish to apply for civil service posts should apply to the recruiting departments / grades direct.  The acquisition of the requisite CRE results does not imply that a candidate has fully met the entry requirements of any civil service post at degree or professional level.  Vetting of academic and / or professional qualifications will be carried out by the recruiting departments / grades which may also conduct separate examinations / interviews in addition to the CRE.

What is BLT

The BLT is a 20-minute bilingual paper comprising 15 multiple-choice questions.  The paper assesses candidates' knowledge of the Basic Law (BL).  There is no passing mark set for the BLT and the full mark of the paper is 100.

BLT and Civil Service Recruitment

For the purpose of heightening public awareness of the BL and promoting a culture of learning of the BL in the community, all candidates applying for civil service posts will be assessed on their knowledge of the BL.  Test result will constitute an appropriate weighting in a candidate's overall assessment.  However, it will not affect a candidate's eligibility for applying for a civil service post.  As a general principle, the main consideration for suitability for appointment remains a candidate's qualifications, experience and calibre.  The result of the BLT is of permanent validity.  Candidates may, if they wish to, take the BLT again when applications for the next round of test are called.

The BLT is held independently of the recruitment process for any civil service post.  The acquisition of the BLT result does not imply that a candidate has fully met the entry requirements of any civil service post at degree or professional level.

For more details about assessment of BL knowledge in civil service recruitment, please click here.

Examination Format and Sample Questions

Examination Format
Sample Questions : Use of English
    Use of Chinese
    Aptitude Test
    Basic Law Test (Degree / Professional Grades)

Performance Pledges

Service Target
Notify candidates for CRE and BLT of examination details 12 calendar days before the examinations
Issue results of CRE and BLT Within one month after the examinations

Enquiries

Enquiries may be directed to the CSEU by phone at (852) 2537 6429, by e-mail to csbcseu@csb.gov.hk, or by post to Room 718, 7/F, West Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong.

 

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