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Common Recruitment Examination (CRE)

Common Recruitment Examination(CRE) Information

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The CRE and BLT in Hong Kong

The next round Common Recruitment Examination and Basic Law Test (Degree / Professional Grades) (CRE and BLT) is tentatively scheduled to be held in Hong Kong on 10 and 17 October, 2020 or another date within October 2020 if necessary.
For convenience of those studying or residing outside Hong Kong, the CRE and BLT is also tentatively scheduled to be held on 5 December 2020 in seven cities, namely Beijing, London, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney.

Application details

*** Applicatoin for CRE / BLT in Hong Kong

The application period for the coming CRE and BLT to be held in Hong Kong was closed in August. Applicants may choose to take any of the CRE papers and / or the BLT paper in this examination, details and an on-line application system is available on the webpage of Civil Service Bureau (CSB) at www.csb.gov.hk/eng/cre.html during the application periods.

Applicants will be arranged to sit the examination on one of the above dates (i.e. 10 or 17 October 2020, or another date within October 2020 if necessary) mainly according to their choice of examination papers. Any requests for change of examination date / venue will NOT be considered.

In the light of the evolving situation of the COVID-19, the CSB will adjust the arrangements on the examination if the situation warrants.  For the examination outside Hong Kong, it may only be held subject to the regulations and prevailing measures in that particular city in the light of the development of the COVID-19.  If situation warrants, the examination may be deferred or cancelled.  Any updates of the examination arrangements will be announced on the CSB webpage.  Persons who wish to take the coming CRE and BLT should visit the said webpage regularly and refer to the relevant details on it.

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 2020-2021 academic year may also apply to take the coming CRE and BLT.

*** Application for CRE/BLT outside Hong Kong
The non-local Common Recruitment Examination and Basic Law Test (Degree / Professional Grades) (CRE and BLT) is tentatively scheduled to be held on 5 December 2020 in seven cities outside Hong Kong, namely Beijing, London, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney.  

The application period will be from 26 September to 9 October 2020. The application details and an on-line application system will be available on the Civil Service Bureau (CSB) webpage at www.csb.gov.hk/eng/cre.html during the said application period. Applicants may choose to take any of the CRE papers and / or the BLT paper in this examination. Persons sitting the examination in Hong Kong in October this year are NOT allowed to apply for sitting the examination again outside Hong Kong.

For the examination outside Hong Kong, it may only be held subject to the regulations and prevailing measures in that particular city in the light of the development of the COVID-19. If the situation warrants, the examination may be deferred or cancelled. Any updates of the examination arrangements will be announced on the CSB webpage.  Persons who wish to take the coming CRE and BLT to be held outside Hong Kong should visit the said webpage regularly and refer to the relevant details on it. General enquiries regarding the CRE and BLT may be directed to CSB by phone at 2537 6429 or by e-mail to csbcseu@csb.gov.hk.

Preparations for CRE & BLT
In order to help students to familiarize with the CRE/BLT format, Career Centre will organize a series of training workshops in September and early October. The schedule will be uploaded onto our website in September. 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/BLT
General enquiries regarding the CRE and BLT may be directed to the CSB by phone at 2537 6429 or by e-mail to csbcseu@csb.gov.hk.

Good luck!
Career Centre

Preparation for CRE/BLT

In order to help you to familiarize with the CRE/BLT format, Career Centre will organize a series of mock practice sessions and workshops in September. The schedule will be uploaded onto our website in early September. 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 Test

The Basic Law Test (BLT) is a 20-minute bilingual paper comprising 15 multiple-choice questions. The paper assesses candidates’ Basic Law knowledge. There is no passing mark for the BLT and the full mark of the paper is 100. All candidates applying for civil service jobs advertised from 1 September 2008 onwards will be assessed on their Basic Law knowledge. 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