English Placement Test

The purpose of the English Placement Test is to assess the English proficiency of new students who have not taken specified Hong Kong public exams and do not have an acceptable alternative qualification when they are admitted to CityU.

The ELC uses the test to determine whether such students need to take ELC course to meet the English Language Requirement.

Students who are not admitted through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) are invited upon enrolment to take the English Placement Test or to provide proof that they qualify for exemption from ELC course.

Students who think they are eligible to take the test should contact the ELC before mid-August.

Test Format: The test is comprised of two parts.

Time Allowed Task Skills Tested
I Reading (Subject to change) 75 minutes

Students will read two or three texts (approx. 2000 words in total) and answer questions assessing their standard of reading.

The texts are authentic and the genres may include abstracts, biography, commentary, debates, editorials, essays, feature articles, reports, novels, reviews, minutes, public speeches.

A variety of question types is used such as multiple choice, short answer, gap fill, matching, flow charts and true/ false.

Skills assessed include reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument, understanding grammatical structures and vocabulary, inference and recognising writers' opinions, attitudes and purpose.

II Writing 60 minutes

Students will write a 400 word academic essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.

Topics are of general interest.

The essay tests students' ability to write a coherent text in a formal style using appropriate lexico-grammatical choices and including relevant and rich content.

Assessment criteria: Task Fulfilment, Discourse Competencies, Language Competencies.