English Language Proficiency Assessment

Undergraduate Students




Who is required to take it?

All newly admitted undergraduates must take ELPA unless they have already been granted credit transfer for LANG1002. If you think that you might be eligible for credit transfer but have not yet been granted it, you should still register to take the test.

Doing the ELPA test enables your LANG1002 instructor to give you feedback and advice on aspects of your English which you need to improve if your proficiency is to increase.

All LANG1003 students must take ELPA at the end of the Spring Semester, and the ELPA results will contribute to your course grade for LANG1003.


When will it be held, and how do I book a time slot?

ELPA speaking tests for LANG1003 students will be held from 16 to 19 May 2017. You will be given the opportunity to book a speaking test time slot from those that are available. Please report for your test at least 10 minutes before the start of your test.

The ELPA written tests for LANG1003 students will be held on 16 May 2017. You will have been assigned a test time and venue. Please report to the test venue at least 20 minutes before the start of the test.

Online registration for the ELPA test will start on 3 April 2017. The cut-off time for booking a test time slot will be 12 noon on the day prior to the desired test date.


Can I change the time for my test?

If you become aware of an activity that clashes with the time you booked for your tests, you can go back into the online registration system to change your bookings. Please note that your choice of test times may become restricted as test times get fully booked.


Can I apply for a make-up test if I am unwell on the day of the test?

If you are unable to attend your test due to circumstances beyond your control, including medical emergencies, you must contact the ELPA team (lcelpa@ust.hk) within one week from your test date.

If you are absent due to medical reasons, you must obtain a “Certificate of Sickness” issued by a registered medical practitioner that states the diagnosed condition/illness and recommends a period of sick leave that covers the test date.


What should I bring to the tests?

For both the written and speaking tests, you must bring your student ID card.

For the written test, you must bring a pen and a pencil and an eraser.

Please note that the use of electronic devices, such as mobile phones and smart watches, are strictly prohibited. If you take such devices with you to the exam, you must switch them off and leave them in your bag while your examination is in progress.


What happens if the HK Observatory raises a bad weather warning?

Please check the official university guidelines. In the event of tests being cancelled due to bad weather, you should wait for further announcements regarding any rearrangements.


How will I get my results?

You will get your ELPA results through the online feedback system. Please note that accounts are not created on the system until you have results to show. This means you will not be able to access the system until your results are available.


If I am a student with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and have received examination accommodations in previous public examination(s), am I eligible for any similar accommodations for ELPA?

Students are required to declare their SEN to the Student Affairs Office who will work with the students on available support services, including academic accommodation(s) throughout their study at HKUST. Students with SEN are strongly advised to specify their needs when they register for ELPA online and schedule an appointment with the Student Affairs Office by emailing sen@ust.hk. The data collected will be handled with strict confidentiality and in compliance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance of Hong Kong.


What if I have more questions?

Contact lcelpa@ust.hk if you have any unanswered questions.


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