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The CRE and BLT would be postponed

The CRE and BLT originally scheduled for 5 October 2019 would be postponed.  The rescheduled CRE and BLT will be held on 14 December 2019.  The Civil Service Examinations Unit (CSEU) has informed candidates concerned about the rescheduled date by email. All candidates will be arranged to take the selected paper(s) on 14 December 2019.  An e-mail will be sent to candidates in late November 2019 notifying them of the relevant examination time and details.  If any candidates do not receive the e-mail by 2 December 2019, they should immediately contact the CSEU by phone at (852) 2537 6429 or by e-mail to csbcseu@csb.gov.hk.  Any requests for change of examination venue will NOT be considered. Please visit this CSB webpage regularly for the latest information. The CRE and BLT outside Hong Kong The CRE and BLT outside Hong Kong is scheduled to be held on 7 December 2019 in seven other cities, namely Beijing, London, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney. An e-mail will be sent to candidates starting from 19 November 2019 notifying them of the relevant examination details.  If candidates do not receive the e-mail by 25 November 2019, they should immediately contact the CSEU by phone at (852) 2537 6429 or by email to csbcseu@csb.gov.hk. Candidates who will take the examination outside Hong Kong are advised to refer to the “Notes for Applicants” and “Frequently Asked Questions” for the examination outside Hong Kong. Good luck to all candidates!

Last call for Common Recruitment Examination and Basic Law Test

All candidates of the examination in Hong Kong will be arranged to take the selected examination paper(s). The candidates should read thoroughly the "Guidance Notes" before coming to the examination. Some important points are highlighted below. 1.    You are allowed to bring masks and put one on at the examination centre but will be required to remove your mask for verification of your identity by the invigilators. 2.    You should familiarise yourself with the public transport route to be taken to the examination centre . You should also allow more time for your trip to the examination centre. 3.    You MUST bring your Hong Kong Identity Card (or Passport if Passport Number is reported in the application form) for identity verification. 4.    You MUST bring your own stationery, i.e. HB pencils, erasers, rulers and calculators. Stationery will not be supplied at the centre. 5.    Use of calculators and rulers is permitted only for the Aptitude Test paper of the CRE. Calculators should be cordless, without printing, graphic / word-display facilities or dictionary functions and silent in operation. Electronic devices with functions / applications other than those of a calculator are NOT permitted. 6.    You MUST bring the seat number with you to the examination centre and should check against the seating plan which will be posted at the centre. Failure to bring your seat number may lead to delay in your admission to the centre with NO time / mark compensation for any loss of the examination time. 7.    You MUST bring a watch to the examination centre as not all centres will have a clock. Watches with functions / applications other than those of timekeeping are NOT permitted. Please note that you are NOT allowed to use your mobile phones during the examination for any purposes, including timekeeping. 8.    You are also advised to bring an overcoat to the examination centre. Good luck to all candidates!

Why do you need to take the CRE?

Almost every university graduate is advised to sit for the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE). But why? What is the reason for taking the examination? In fact, applicants for civil service posts at degree or professional level are required to obtain either Level 2 or Level 1 in the Use of English (UE) and Use of Chinese (UC) papers of the CRE for meeting the language proficiency requirements as stipulated by individual recruiting departments / grades.Please note that, however, specific requirements of individual recruiting departments / grades on the UE and UC papers will be set out in the relevant recruitment advertisements. Applicants for some posts at degree or professional level are also required to obtain a Pass in the Aptitude Test paper in addition to the requisite results in the UE and UC papers.Persons who wish to apply for civil service posts at degree or professional level should first obtain the requisite CRE results unless otherwise specified in the relevant recruitment advertisements.  Applicants may choose to attempt all, any, or any combination of the papers.  The CRE is independent of the recruitment process for any civil service post.  Applications for individual civil service posts should be made to the recruiting departments / grades direct.  The attainment of the requisite CRE results, however, does not imply that a candidate has fully met the entry requirements of any civil service post at degree or professional level. Vetting of academic or professional qualifications will be carried out by the recruiting departments / grades which may also conduct separate examinations and interviews.You may also contact the Civil Service Examinations Unit by phone at (852) 2537 6429, by e-mail to csbcseu@csb.gov.hk, or by post to Room 718, 7/F, West Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong for relevant details. Contributing Editor: Sophie

Are you eligible for the CRE and BLT?

Government jobs have always been popular, yet some of them require the candidates to sit for the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE) and Basic Law Test (BLT). So what are the eligibilities for applying the CRE?>>>Must be a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree or will attain one in next academic yearPlease note that, however, an Associate Degree does not count. Applicants who fall into neither of the above two categories should hold a qualification that meets the entry requirements on professional qualifications for civil service degree or professional posts.If you are a registered student of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) Qualification Programme, you may apply to sit for the CRE and BLT even if you do not possess a degree since the said qualification is accepted for applying for the post of Assistant Assessor.However, if you are a registered social worker under the Social Workers Registration Ordinance but do not possess a degree, you are not eligible for sitting for the CRE and BLT since the entry requirements for the post of Assistant Social Work Officer include both a professional qualification and a relevant degree.Before applying for the CRE, you are advised to check from the CSB website and with the recruiting departments concerned to confirm whether the qualification you are holding is accepted for appointment to the relevant civil service degree / professional post(s). You may also contact the Civil Service Examinations Unit by phone at 2537 6429, by e-mail to csbcseu@csb.gov.hk, or by post to Room 718, 7/F, West Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong for relevant details. Contributing Editor: Sophie