English Language Proficiency Assessment


Who has to take ELPA?

All newly admitted UG students must take the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) unless they have already received credit transfer for the Common Core English Communication Courses (i.e. LANG1002 and LANG1003).

LANG1002 is a compulsory English course for HKUST students. The course is designed to raise your language proficiency and equip you with the underlying competence necessary for you to succeed in English-medium university study.

Taking ELPA before the Fall semester will enable your LANG1002 instructor to give you feedback and advice on how to improve before you take ELPA again in May, when it makes up 40% of the course grade.

How do I know if I am exempt from LANG1002?

In the majority of cases, students who are exempt from LANG1002 will have automatically been granted credit transfer based on the English qualifications submitted to the Academic Records and Registration office when registering for their program.

If you think you should be considered for credit transfer, or have any other queries about English courses, you can email (lcstdadvice@ust.hk) the CLE English Course Advice Team.

Students who are unsure about their credit transfer status are strongly recommended to take ELPA while they await confirmation.

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Local direct entry students

Direct entry students who have been invited to complete program registration in July will be able to take the ELPA test on 19-21 July. Taking the test in July means you will not need to take the test in August, freeing up time for other orientation activities. Online registration for the July round opens on 4 July.

Direct entry students who are not able to complete program registration by 21 July will be able to take the test on 22-25 August. Online registration for the August round opens on 9 August.

JUPAS students

All new UG students will be able to take the ELPA test on 22-25 August. Online registration opens on 9 August.

Non-local students

All new UG students will be able to take the ELPA test on 22-25 August. Online registration opens on 9 August.

What if I am unavailable during the ELPA testing period?

Late arrival and other reasons for unavailability are considered on a case-by-case basis. Contact lcelpa@ust.hk as soon as possible with details and any evidence to support your case.

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