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Results of Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers released
     The Education Bureau (EDB) today (May 20) announced that candidates of the Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers (LPAT) 2021 (written and speaking papers), held in January and March this year, will receive results notices by post from the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) starting from tomorrow (May 21). 
     A total of 1 326 candidates sat for the English Language papers, while 1 356 sat for the Putonghua papers this year.
     The results of the assessment are as follows:
English Language papers:
Number of candidates
Number and percentage of candidates meeting the LPR*
(Level 3 or above)
Reading 950 694 (73.1%)
Writing 1 088 528 (48.5%)
Listening 879 713 (81.1%)
Speaking 957 679 (71.0%)
Putonghua papers:
  Number of candidates Number and percentage of candidates meeting the LPR
(Level 3 or above)
Listening and Recognition 1 212 783 (64.6%)
Pinyin 1 115 725 (65.0%)
Speaking 569 435 (76.4%)
* LPR = Language Proficiency Requirement
     A spokesman for the EDB said, "The EDB administers the LPAT every year to provide a channel for teachers and people aspiring to be teachers of English or Putonghua to attain the Language Proficiency Requirement (LPR). Candidates of the LPAT include members of the public and teachers teaching subjects other than the two languages."
     Candidates who have not received the results notices by next Monday (May 24) should contact the HKEAA on 3628 8860.
     Applications for re-checking of results will be accepted on or before May 26. Candidates will be informed individually of their appeal results by June 25.
     The Assessment Reports, which provide the chief examiners' observations on candidates' performance, including their strengths and areas for improvement, will be released in October through the websites of the HKEAA (www.hkeaa.edu.hk) and the EDB (www.edb.gov.hk) for the reference of candidates, schools and teacher education institutions. The question papers, together with a CD for the listening papers, suggested answers and Assessment Reports, will be available for sale in October.
     Those who intend to attain the LPR in future can do so through assessment and/or exemption. The next call for online applications to sit for the LPAT will be made in September 2021, while applications for exemption from the LPR are accepted all year round and processed in two batches. The EDB will announce details in a circular memorandum in the 2021/22 school year.
     The spokesman added, "Concerning the Classroom Language Assessment (CLA), teachers holding a permanent post have to meet the LPR within the first year of teaching the two languages. Due to the impact of COVID-19 and suspension of face-to-face classes, the EDB has already extended the deadline in the 2020/21 school year for one year. All the results notices for the CLA will be issued in August this year at the earliest, if feasible."     
Ends/Thursday, May 20, 2021
Issued at HKT 17:00
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