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Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers (LPAT)

General Information

The LPAT provides a channel for teachers/aspiring teachers to attain the Language Proficiency Requirement (LPR) for teaching English/Putonghua.
Since 2001, the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) and the Education Bureau (EDB) have jointly conducted the Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers (LPAT) ("the Assessment"). It is held once annually. Anyone who satisfies the entry requirements can enter for the Assessment.
The LPAT(English Language) comprises five papers.  They are Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking and Classroom Language Assessment (CLA).  The LPAT(Putonghua) comprises four papers. They are Listening and Recognition (聆聽與認辨), Pinyin (拼音), Speaking (口語) and CLA (課堂語言運用).
The HKEAA will administer the written and speaking papers of the Assessment. CLA will be administered by the EDB and is offered to serving teachers only. 



Entry Requirements

Applicants must have obtained:

(i) Level 2/Grade E or above in at least 5 subjects at one or more sittings in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) (these 5 subjects should include Chinese Language or English Language at Level 2 or above in or after the 2007 HKCEE, or Chinese Language or English Language (Syllabus A or B) at Grade E or above in the HKCEE before 2007); or

(ii) Level 2/‘Attained’/Grade E or above in at least 5 subjects (including Chinese Language or English Language) at one or more sittings in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination; or

(iii) equivalent qualifications.



Exam Registration



Reference Material




For enquiries concerning LPAT arrangements, please contact the HKEAA at 3628 8860. For enquiries concerning Classroom Language Assessment, please contact the Language Teacher Qualifications Team, EDB at 2892 5783.




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Last revision date: 21 May 2018
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