City University of Hong Kong

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 LC uses the test to determine whether such students need to take LC 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 LC course.

Test Format:

Time Allowed Task Skills Tested
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.