Common Recruitment Examination and Basic Law Test (Degree / Professional Grades) (CRE and BLT)
The CRE and BLT in Hong Kong were held on 5 October 2013. Examination results were issued to candidates by post on 31 October 2013.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Applicants for the CRE and BLT should be –
Enquiries may be directed to the CSEU by phone at (852) 2537 6429, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post to Room 718, 7/F, West Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong.