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Common Recruitment Examination (CRE)

Common Recruitment Examination(CRE) Information

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The CRE and BLNST in Hong Kong

The coming CRE and BLNST is tentatively scheduled to be held on 11 and 18 June 2022, or another date within June or July 2022 if necessary.

Important notice (For all civil service recruitment exercises):

According to the Civil Service Bureau, 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 (degree/professional grades)) and attained a pass result. Persons interested in applying for civil service jobs requiring degree or professional qualifications in the near future may wish to take the earliest opportunity to sit the BLNST in the coming examination, as the application for the civil service job may open before the next BLNST is held by the Civil Service Bureau.

Application details

*** Application for CRE / BLNST in Hong Kong

The application period is scheduled from 20 April to 3 May 2022. Applicants may choose to take any of the CRE papers and / or the BLNST paper in this examination. The details and an online application system is available on the webpage of Civil Service Bureau (CSB) at www.csb.gov.hk/eng/cre.html during the said application period. Persons who wish to take the coming examination should visit the CSB webpage regularly for the latest information.

In order to ensure that new recruits to the civil service will have basic understanding of the Basic Law and the National Security Law, the CSB is in the course of reviewing and updating the assessment content of the BLT, and will include the National Security Law in the scope of assessment to render the test better-suited to the requirements of the relevant civil service posts. The CSB revealed that new assessment content is expected to be incorporated in the upcoming BLNST (to be held in June 2022). Relevant details will be announced via CSB website in due course.

The CRE and BLNST outside Hong Kong 
For the convenience of those studying or residing outside Hong Kong, the next round of CRE and BLNST is also tentatively scheduled to be held on 10 December 2022 in non-local cities.  The application details will be announced by the CSB later. Applicants may choose to take any of the CRE papers and/or the BLNST paper in the examination.

Candidates are advised to observe requirements specified by the city for taking the examination, such as requirements on COVID-19 vaccination or testing and attending large scale events.  Candidates may be required to demonstrate their health status on vaccination or testing as a condition of entry to the examination centres located at selected premises.  Candidates are reminded to keep abreast of the latest updates on the requirements arising from the COVID-19 imposed by the local government of the cities concerned.

Preparations for CRE & BLNST
In order to help students to familiarize with the CRE/BLNST format, Career Centre will organize a series of training workshops in May/early June. The schedule will be uploaded on our enrollment website (https://sa.hkbu.edu.hk/portal/career/enrollment/) in May. For enquiries related with preparations and trainings, please contact Career Centre via email at bucareer@hkbu.edu.hk or hotline at 3411-7440.

Enquiries about CRE/BLNST
General enquiries regarding the CRE and BLNST may be directed to the CSB by phone at 2537 6429 or by e-mail to csbcseu@csb.gov.hk .

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Preparation for CRE/BLNST

In order to help you to familiarize with the CRE/BLNST format, Career Centre will organize a series of mock practice sessions and workshops in May / June. The schedule will be uploaded onto our website in May. Interested students please register at our enrollment system (https://sa.hkbu.edu.hk/portal/career/enrollment/) You may also visit the CSB website for more information. (https://www.csb.gov.hk/english/recruit/cre/949.html)

Acceptance of Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE) results as equivalent to the results of the CRE

According to the announcement from the Civil Services Bureau, please kindly note the following arrangements for accepting the results of HKDSEE as equivalent to the results of the CRE recently promulgated:

(a) ‘Level 5 or above’ and ‘Level 4′ in Chinese Language in HKDSEE are accepted as equivalent to ‘Level 2′ and ‘Level 1′ respectively in the Use of Chinese paper in CRE; and

(b) ‘Level 5 or above’ and ‘Level 4′ in English Language in HKDSEE are accepted as equivalent to ‘Level 2′ and ‘Level 1′ respectively in the Use of English paper in CRE.

Some Useful Tips

Use of Chinese:

  • Most of the questions are related to current affairs, reading newspapers will definitely be beneficial.
  • Do more practices on Erroneous character (錯別字).

Use of English:

  • While working on the comprehension, you should

- Read the questions first, and then the passage. By doing so, you can actively search the information you need, and save you lots of time.- Never confirm your answer until you finish the whole passage.- Highlight important points when you scan the passage.- Try to understand the structure of the passage. Normally, the topic sentence (first sentence of each paragraph) summarizes the paragraph.

  • While working on the Error Identification, you should read the sentence carefully; eliminate error of grammar or usage. Never choose an answer that will change the original meaning of the sentence.
  • Paragraph improvement tests your knowledge about paragraph cohesion, rather than merely grammatical errors. Common questions involve:

- Redundancy- Lack of details- Ambiguity- Choppy sentences

Aptitude Test:

  • Pace yourself. Don’t waste too much time on a single question.
  • Read all the answer choices before confirming your answer.
  • Whatever questions you are doing, try to eliminate as many as possible.
  • As there are different sections in the Aptitude Test, try to finish the ones which you are strong at first, and leave the difficult ones to finish at the end.
  • Make a guess rather than leaving it blank when you deal with difficult questions.
  • Sometimes you are only asked to give an approximate answer, therefore, do not waste time to figure out the exact answer.
  • Keep track on the units, round off numbers when necessary.
  • Don’t’ make any assumption when dealing with verbal reasoning; assume what the passage says as universal truth. Concentrate on the structure of the statement instead.

Basic Law National Security Test (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.

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.

For more details, please visit the CSB website at https://www.csb.gov.hk/english/recruit/basiclaw/1372.html

Please pay attention to the announcements from website of CSB regularly for latest information. General enquiries regarding the CRE and / or BLT may be directed to the Civil Service Examination Unit by phone at (852) 2537 6429 or by e-mail to csbcseu@csb.gov.hk