Common Recruitment Examination and Basic Law and National Security Law Test (Degree / Professional Grades) (CRE and BLNST)
The coming CRE and BLNST
The application period for the coming CRE and BLNST scheduled for 11 and 18 June 2022 was closed at 5:00 p.m. on 3 May 2022 (Hong Kong Time).
Candidates will be arranged to sit the examination on one of the above examination dates (i.e. 11 or 18 June 2022) mainly according to their choice of examination papers. An e-mail will be sent to candidates between 25 May and 1 June 2022 notifying them of the relevant examination details. If any candidates do not receive the e-mail by 2 June 2022, they should immediately contact the Civil Service Examinations Unit by phone at (852) 2537 6429 or by e-mail to email@example.com. Any requests for change of examination date / venue will NOT be considered.
In view of the latest epidemic situation of COVID-19, the Civil Service Bureau will adjust the arrangements for the examination if the situation warrants and announce them on this webpage.
Please visit this webpage regularly for the latest information.
Candidates are required to read thoroughly the "Guidance Notes for Candidates of Common Recruitment Examination and Basic Law and National Security Law Test to be held in June / July 2022" and "Common Recruitment Examination and Basic Law and National Security Law Test to be held in June / July 2022 Contingency and Precautionary Measures at Examination Centres – Guidelines for Candidates" before coming to the examination.
Candidates are also advised to refer to the "Frequently Asked Questions" for more details.
Year-end CRE and BLNST
Another round of the CRE and BLNST will be held tentatively in late 2022. 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 8 and 15 October 2022 in Hong Kong, and 10 December 2022 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 BLNST in late 2022 should 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 BLNST
The BLNST (for degree/professional grades) is a 30-minute bilingual paper comprising 20 multiple-choice questions. Answering at least 10 out of 20 questions correct will be deemed to have a pass result in the BLNST. The pass result of the BLNST is acceptable for the purpose of applying for all civil service jobs. Candidates who possess a pass result in BLNST will not be arranged to take the BLNST again.
BLNST and Civil Service Recruitment
All applicants for civil service jobs will be assessed on their knowledge on the Basic Law and the National Security Law. For all civil service recruitment exercises to be advertised on or after 1 July 2022, attaining a pass result in the newly introduced BLNST will be an entry requirement for all civil service jobs. All candidates for civil service jobs must pass the BLNST in order to be considered for appointment, regardless of whether the candidates have previously taken the Basic Law Test (BLT) (either a BLT centrally conducted by the Civil Service Bureau or a BLT arranged by individual bureaux / departments in their past civil service recruitment exercises) and attained a pass result. Candidates who have taken any BLT in the past and wish to apply for any civil service job advertised on or after 1 July 2022 must take the BLNST and attain a pass result in order to be considered for appointment.
For candidates who have not taken the BLNST or have not attained a pass result in the BLNST at the time of application, they may still apply for the job and arrangements will be made for them to take the BLNST during the recruitment process. Prospective candidates for civil service jobs requiring degree or professional qualifications are also reminded to check the announcement by the Civil Service Bureau of the dates of upcoming BLNSTs should they plan to take the BLNST. The acquisition of a BLNST pass result does not imply that a candidate has fully met the entry requirements of any civil service jobs requiring degree or professional qualifications.
Applicants for the CRE and BLNST should be –
(a) holders of degree (not including Associate Degree); or
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.