Common Recruitment Examination

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Common Recruitment Examination

Introduction Preparations Enquiries

Common Recruitment Examination (CRE) is used by the Civil Service Bureau to assess candidates’ language and reasoning ability. The examination consists of three papers: (1) Use of Chinese; (2) Use of English; and (3) Aptitude Test. For details, please visit the official website of Civil Service Bureau at

In addition, Basic Law Test (BLT) has been introduced to assess candidates’ Basic Law knowledge. The result of BLT may reflect the awareness of current affairs of candidates and provides information for employers to consider the suitability of candidates for the job.

Application details

The next round Common Recruitment Examination and Basic Law Test (Degree/ Professional Grades) (CRE and BLT) will be held on 6 June 2015 in Hong Kong.

CRE & BLT application details
The application period for the CRE and BLT to be held in Hong Kong was from 3 to 16 April 2015. Applicants may choose to take any of the CRE papers and / or the BLT paper in this examination in Hong Kong. The application details and an on-line application system will be available on webpage at during the application periods. Please visit the official website for the latest updates.

The CRE and BLT are open to all holders of degree or professional qualifications who are interested in applying for civil service posts at degree or professional level. Students who will have attained a degree in the 2014-15 academic year may also apply to take the coming CRE and BLT for future job applications.

Year-end CRE and BLT
Another round of the CRE and BLT will be held in late 2015.  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 3 and 10 October 2015 in Hong Kong, and 5 December 2015 in non-local cities. Details relating to this round of examination will be announced later this year.

Enquiries related with CRE/BLT

General enquiries regarding the CRE and BLT may be directed to CSB by phone at 2537 6429, or by e-mail to, or by post to Room 718, 7/F, West Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong.

Mock practices for CRE & BLT

In order to help students to familiarize with the CRE/BLT format, Career Centre will organize a series of mock practice sessions and workshops in mid-May. The schedule will be uploaded onto our website in late April. Interested students please register at our enrollment system ( in due course. For enquiries related with preparations and mock tests, please contact Career Centre via email at