If you want to work in the Hong Kong Government, the biggest employer in the SAR, you need to consider taking the CRE and BLT. These are examinations reserved for university degree holders who wish to apply for positions in the government. The CRE, or Common Recruitment Examination, is an examination that gauges applicants' language proficiency in Chinese and in English, as well as their suitability to work in the government. On the other hand, the BLT or Basic Law Test assesses the candidate’s knowledge in the Basic Law.
There are a total of 3 papers in the CRE. They are the Use of English (UE), the Use of Chinese (UC), and the Aptitude Test (AT). The AT, which is a reasoning test, has a multiple choice format.
Time allowed for each of the 3 papers is 45 minutes.
UE and UC have 3 result levels: Fail, Level 1 and Level 2 with Level 2 being the highest.
AT has 2 result levels: Pass or Fail.
CRE results attaining passing levels are of permanent validity.
|Level 2||Grade C or above||Grade C or above||6.5(2-yr validity period/no subtest score under 6.0)|
|Level 1||Grade D||Grade D|
Chinese Language and Culture/Literature
|Level 2||Grade C or above|
|Level 1||Grade D|
In order to be eligible for recruitment at degree or professional levels, applicants have to attain grade Level 1 or 2 in UE and UC papers on position level and specific departmental requirements. For AT, a Pass is required by some departments in addition to UE and UC requirements.
For some departmental positions such as those offered by the disciplined services, different entry pay points are offered according to different levels of academic attainments.
While the CRE and AT results are indicative of a candidate's eligibility for general positions in the government, the final decision of appointment rests on other recruitement criteria which may take the form of professional qualifications, position-specific examinations or interviews.
The CRE is held independently of the recruitment process for any civil service post.
One bilingual paper made up of 15 multiple choice questions that assess candidates knowledge of the Basic Law
There is no passing mark set for the BLT. The full mark of the paper is 100.
All candidates applying for civil service posts will be assessed on their knowledge of the Basic Law for the purpose of heightening public awareness and promoting a culture of learning of the Basic Law in the community. 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.
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 tests are called. 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.
The BLT is held independently of the recruitment process for any civil service post.
CRE and BLT are held twice a year. In Hong Kong, the coming CRE and BLT will be held on 4 and 11 October 2014. In the cities Beijing, London, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, and Sydney, this round of CRE and BLT will be held on 6 December 2014.
Career and Leadership Centre will notify students exam enrolment period and exam dates via our CAP system. Government exam announcements will also appear on CSB web pages and on the major newspapers such as the SCMP and Mingpao.
Applicants for the CRE and BLT should be –
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