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Government Standard Examination


The Government Standard Examination is arranged for departments/grades to assess candidates' Chinese language proficiency for civil service appointment purposes. It is not open to the public or individual in-service officers.


The examination is a test on Chinese language proficiency at Form 5 level.


Applications should be made by departments/grades on specified nomination forms.


There is no prescribed syllabus. The examination comprises two papers :

Paper Content Duration
Paper I : Chinese Usage Comprehension, blanks-filling, word correction, sentence correction, practical writing. 2 hours
Paper II : Composition To write an essay in no less than 600 words. 1 hour 30 minutes


For types of questions in Paper I, please read Sample Questions (Chinese only).

Guidance Notes for Candidates

Candidates should study the "Guidance Notes for Candidates of Government Standard Examination" carefully before attending the examination. The Guidance Notes provide useful guidelines on what they should or should not do before, during and after the examination.


Examination results will be issued to the recruiting departments/ grades in about four weeks after the examination.

Candidates who have passed the examination can be considered as meeting the language proficiency requirements of the relevant government posts only, and should not be regarded as having met the relevant academic qualifications.

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