Common Recruitment Examination and Basic Law Test (Degree / Professional Grades) (CRE and BLT)
The coming CRE and BLT
The coming CRE and BLT will be held on 6 and 13 June 2020. The application period will be from 3 to 16 April 2020. Applicants may choose to take any of the CRE papers and / or the BLT paper in this examination. The application details and an on-line application system will be available on this webpage during the application period. Please visit this webpage regularly for the latest information.
|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, applicants for civil service posts will be assessed on their BL knowledge. The result of the BLT will be one of the considerations to assess the suitability of a candidate. 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 posts. Prospective candidates for civil service posts of degree / professional grades are reminded to check the announcement by the Civil Service Bureau of the dates of upcoming BLTs should they plan to take the test. 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.
Applicants for the CRE and BLT should be –
(a) holders of degree (not including Associate Degree); or
(b) final year students of undergraduate programmes; or
(c) holders of a qualification meeting the entry requirement on professional qualifications for civil service degree or professional posts.
|Sample Questions :||Use of English|
|Use of Chinese|
|Basic Law Test (Degree / Professional Grades)|
|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 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.