Common Recruitment Examination and Basic Law Test (Degree / Professional Grades) (CRE and BLT)
The coming CRE and BLT
The application period for the coming CRE and BLT, which is tentatively scheduled to be held on 5 and 12 June 2021, or another date within June 2021 if necessary, was closed at 5:00 p.m. on 15 April 2021 (Hong Kong Time).
Applicants will be arranged to sit the examination on one of the above examination dates (i.e. 5 or 12 June 2021, or another date within June 2021 if necessary) mainly according to their choice of examination papers and will be notified of the examination details by the end of May 2021. Any requests for change of examination date / venue will NOT be considered.
In the light of the evolving situation regarding the COVID-19, the Civil Service Bureau will adjust the arrangements on the examination if the situation warrants and announce them on this webpage.
An e-mail will be sent to candidates notifying them of the relevant examination details. Candidates who do not receive the e-mail by the end of May 2021 should immediately contact the Civil Service Examinations Unit by phone at (852) 2537 6429 or by e-mail to email@example.com.
Please visit this webpage regularly for the latest information.
Year-end CRE and BLT
Another round of the CRE and BLT will be held tentatively in late 2021. For the convenience of those studying or residing outside Hong Kong, this round of examination will also be held in some non-local cities. The examination is tentatively scheduled for 2 and 9 October 2021 in Hong Kong, and 4 December 2021 in non-local cities. Details relating to this round of examination will be announced later this year.
Persons who wish to sit the CRE and BLT in late 2021 should also read the "Frequently Asked Questions" for more information.
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
In general, 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 of the CRE for meeting the language proficiency requirements 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 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.
Applicants for the CRE and BLT should be –
Enquiries may be directed to the Civil Service Examinations Unit 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.