International Language Proficiency Tests

Schedule of
Proficiency Tests
2016-2017

The Community College of City University (CCCU) offers a wide range of internationally recognized language tests and/or preparatory courses through its Centre for Lifelong Learning. These are Putonghua, Korean, French, Spanish, Japanese and English. All language assessments are recognized by the education authorities in their respective countries. The main features of the various language assessment tests are highlighted. We also offer courses preparing students for these proficiency tests.

Proficiency Test Date
National Putonghua Proficiency Test 26 November - 5 December 2016; May 2017
Korean Language Ability Test May & November 2017
Test de Connaissance du Francais March 2017
Diploma de Espanol Lengua Extranjera May & November 2016 ;
May & November 2017
Japanese-Language Proficiency Test July & December 2016; July & December 2017
TOEFLRiBT Offered 30 - 40 times a year at authorized test centres
IELTS Offered several times a month by authorized test agents
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Putonghua - National Putonghua Proficiency Test

  • Approved and governed by the State Language Commission, Ministry of Education
  • Since 2000 this has become the statutory test of Putonghua competence by its inclusion in PRC Laws
  • Recognized as the standard test for Putonghua proficiency. Attainment of Level 2 is required to qualify as an instructor in Chinese and Level 3 as a civil servant on the mainland
  • Over 30 million mainlanders and 70,000 Hong Kong residents have taken the test
  • In the test, candidates' ability in reading, speaking and passage recital is evaluated
  • Test is graded according to 6 grades at 3 different levels. Grade A Level 1 is the highest score

For more details, please visit the Website of Putonghua Education and Assessment Centre of City University

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Korean-Korean Language Ability Test (KLAT)

  • KLAT is approved by the Korean Educational Testing Service, a leading authority on the Korean language and culture
  • Internationally recognized by academic institutions and companies
  • KLAT qualification is recognized by the Ministry of Justice of Korea. Holders are eligible for employment in Korean companies
  • A total of about 500 centres in 80 different countries provide the KLAT assessment
  • Assesses the ability of non-native speakers of Korean for study and the workplace
  • The assessment includes testing one's ability to communicate in Korean in most situations
  • For further details of this test, please visit http://www.kets.or.kr/
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French-Test de Connaissance du Francais (TCF)

  • Commissioned by the Education Ministry in France
  • Recognized by academic institutions in France and around the world
  • Assesses non-native speakers' ability in French for social life, study and the workplace
  • Test results provide a precise benchmark of candidates' language ability according to the Council of Europe's six proficiency levels (A1 to C2) as defied in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • Assesses French language skills through listening and reading, comprehension, speaking and writing skills
  • For further details of this test, please visit http://www.ciep.fr/en/tcf
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Spanish-Diploma de Espanol Lengua Extranjera (DELE)

  • Over 100,000 people have taken DELE exams in 290 countries
  • Recognized by official institutions of Spanish-speaking countries and corporations, chambers of commerce and educational institutions in Europe and the United States
  • Officially issued by the Instituto Cervantes on behalf of Spain's Ministry of Education, to certify competence of non-native Spanish speakers
  • Assesses candidates' ability to read, write, speak and understand Spanish
  • For further details of this test, please visit http://diplomas.cervantes.es

Details of DELE Preparatory Course

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Japanese-Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

(Note: CCCU is not a testing centre for JLPT but we offer short courses specially designed to prepare students to take the test at various levels. For details of the preparatory courses, please visit the relevant website)

  • Held in July and December, and administered by the Japan Foundation (a governmental organization). In Hong Kong, it is offered through the Society of Japanese Language Education, Hong Kong ( http://www.japanese-edu.org.hk )
  • Internationally recognized to assess proficiency in Japanese. Test levels range from N1 (the highest level) to N5
  • Held in 264 cities in 69 countries/regions and taken by over 652,000 people worldwide in 2015. In 2015 alone, some 11,000 people took the JLPT in Hong Kong
  • Consists of "Vocabulary and Grammar", "Reading" and "Listening" sections.
  • For further details of this test, visit http://www.jlpt.jp/index.html
  • CCCU offers preparatory courses for the test through its Centre for Lifelong Learning. The courses provide practical training and useful tips for people who intend to take the test. The main focus is placed on grammar exercises and listening/reading comprehension tasks. For further details of the courses.
  • [download N1 info]
  • [download N2 info]
  • [download application form]
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English

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)


(Note: CCCU is not a testing centre of IELTS, but we offer short courses specially designed to prepare candidates to achieve higher scores. For details of the preparatory courses, please visit the relevant website)

  • IELTS is an internationally recognized English-language proficiency assessment which tests the four language skills - listening, reading, writing and speaking
  • Over the past twenty years, IELTS has grown to become a highly accurate and widely accepted measurement of a candidate's real-life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional purposes
  • IELTS scores are recognized and accepted by over 6000 organizations globally and are widely used as part of the admissions test for almost all academic institutions in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand
  • More recently, IELTS has been growing in popularity in North America. It is accepted by over 2000 academic institutions, including all the Ivy League schools in the US
  • IELTS is now offered up to four times a month in over 125 countries, making it one of the most widely available English language tests in the world. For more information on IELTS, please refer to the website: http://www.ielts.org
  • Our CCCU preparatory course offers important fundamental skills development practice, effective testing strategies and constructive feedback to enhance your language proficiency and academic abilities. [download info] [download application form]

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFLR iBT)


(Note: CCCU is not a testing centre of TOEFL, but we offer short courses specially designed to prepare test candidates to achieve higher scores. For details of the preparatory courses, please visit the relevant website)

  • TOEFLR is a well respected and recognized measurement of your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills in English
  • TOEFLR is the most widely accepted English-language test in the world
  • TOEFLR is recognized and accepted by over 6000 institutions in more than 130 countries,including the top colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Australia
  • TOEFLR offers greater flexibility on where, when and how often you can take the test. With over 4300 testing centres worldwide, it is convenient and easy. In Hong Kong, the test is administered almost weekly. Simply register for the test online at http://www.ets.org
  • Our CCCU preparatory courses offer more practical skills development, test strategies and constructive feedback to enhance your language proficiency and academic abilities.
  • Our CCCU preparatory courses offer both intensive test practice courses and extended skills development courses to suit learners at different levels.