The University Grants Committee (UGC) announced in
July 2002 the adoption of the International English Language Testing System
(IELTS) as the common English proficiency assessment for students graduating
from UGC-funded institutions in Hong Kong.
IELTS is a test of English language ability for students
and personnel worldwide. It is the preferred language test by institutions,
universities and corporations in the United Kingdom, Australia and New
Zealand. IELTS is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge Examinations
Syndicate, the British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia.
IELTS assesses the ability to use English in communication
in all of the four skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The
test lasts 2 hours and 45 minutes.
The modules are taken in the following order. The Speaking
Module may be administered before or after the other three modules.
4 sections, 40 questions
3 sections, 40 questions
There is no pass or fail mark. The assessment will be reported according
to a scale from bands 1 to 9. Candidates receive a band score for each
of the four modules of the test and an overall band score. Each Band corresponds
to a descriptive statement which gives a summary of a candidate’s
English language ability at that level. Band 1 indicates that the candidate
has virtually no English at all while Band 9 is native speaker proficiency.
The test questions and tasks have been designed to reflect
the general interests of people from an educated background. You will
therefore not be required to have any specialist knowledge.
There are two different IELTS tests: Academic and General.
The information on this site is about the Academic test as this is the
test you will have to take.
For further information about the test, visit the official
You can take the test at various centres in Hong Kong.
Check out the schedule of exam dates and venues, read the details of application
procedure and download the application form from the Common
English Proficiency Assessment Scheme website.
You pay HK$1,100 when you submit your application. If,
eventually, you take the test on institutions premises (not off-campus
locations), you will be refunded HK$200. You may get reimbursement of
the test fee, see the FAQs
page for details of the process and other information such as getting
the Test Report Form (TRF).
Everything about the IELTS test, how the exam is structured
and how it is evaluated, is in the IELTS official handbook, you can view
a copy for reference.