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Common Recruitment Examination Use of English Paper Preparation

Course Code
Application Code
Study mode
Start Date
06 Jul 2023 (Thu)
Next intake(s)
Jan 2024
8 weeks
Course Fee
Deadline on 24 Jun 2023 (Sat)
2975 5695
2548 7027
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This course equips students with the advanced English reading skills and grammar knowledge to handle the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE) Use of English paper, a language proficiency entrance examination for applicants who are interested in serving the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government and the general public as civil servants.
The course aims to develop students’ advanced reading skills to a high proficiency level. It strengthens students’ English grammar and syntactic knowledge in the sentence level. In addition, it improves and consolidates students’ knowledge in cohesion and coherence in the discourse level.
Language input, such as reading skills, grammar knowledge and common errors, will be delivered to students to strengthen their language proficiency, followed by abundance of exercises to consolidate their language skills and examination techniques to tackle challenging questions in the test. Students’ performance will be assessed with both the continuous assessments and final examination.

Topics to be covered in the course:

  • Advanced reading skills, e.g. skimming and scanning, getting the gist, locating specific details, making inferences, vocabulary-in-context, understanding writer’s tone and attitude
  • Advanced grammar knowledge for Error Identification, Sentence Completion and Paragraph Improvement, e.g. collocation of words, word choice, word forms, parallelism, verb forms, subject-verb agreement, etc.

Benefits students can get from this course:

  • Apart from the pure examination-oriented approach, this course genuinely consolidates students’ English proficiency while building up all necessary skills to prepare for the examination
  • Abundance of exercises will be given to students to consolidate their language skills and examination techniques
  • In-class continuous assessments and final mock examination will be given to students to familiarise students with the examination format, tension they will face and time they need to manage. Evaluation and post-exam evaluation sessions will be given to students to allow students to know their weaknesses and areas for further improvement.

Teaching staff

Instructors of the course are drawn from our panel of qualified and experienced English language teachers. Teaching examination-preparation courses is their forte.

Applicants should note:

  • Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
  • Unless changes are made to the advertised details, we do not usually issue joining instructions. If your application has been accepted, you should go to the first session of the class at the time and place shown.
  • No refunds or transfers to a different class will be approved.
Common Recruitment Examination Use of English Paper Preparation Apply Online Now
Application Code 2135-1892NW
Start Date 06 Jul 2023 (Thu)
Time Thursdays, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Saturdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Days / Time
  • Thursday, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Saturday, 10:00am – 1:00 pm
  • 15 meeting(s)
  • 3 hours per meeting

University graduate; Year 4 of Bachelor Degree students; those who have fulfilled the requirements as set out by the HKSAR Government.

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$3,800

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Enrolment Method
Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque Or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.


  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres. 
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