Common Recruitment Examination

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Common Recruitment Examination

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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 coming CRE and BLT will be held on 7 and 14 June 2014. The application period will be from 4 to 17 April 2014. Applicants may choose to take any of the CRE papers and / or the BLT paper in this examination. The application details and an on-line application system will be available on Civil Services Bureau webpage ( during the application period. Please visit this webpage regularly for the latest information.

Another round of the CRE and BLT will be held in late 2014. 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 4 and 11 October 2014 in Hong Kong, and 6 December 2014 in non-local cities. Details relating to this round of examination will be announced later this year.

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 2013-14 academic year may also apply to take the coming CRE and BLT for future job applications.

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 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