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More than 11,000 university students participate in CEPAS


The University Grants Committee (UGC) announced today (November 9) that more than 11,000 final year students of UGC-funded undergraduate degree programmes had registered for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) under the sixth round of the Common English Proficiency Assessment Scheme (CEPAS). This represents an increase of about 14%, in terms of number of participants, as compared with the figure last year.

A UGC spokesman said, "With the assistance of our institutions, the sixth round of registration for the scheme in 2007/08 has just been successfully completed. 11,209 final year students have submitted their applications this time. We are pleased to see that the scheme has continued to attract a considerable number of students. Given the voluntary nature of the CEPAS, the encouraging participation demonstrates that the students attach importance to their English proficiency."

The successful launch of CEPAS in 2002/03 was marked by the participation of over 7,300 final year students. In 2003/04 and 2004/05, about 8,700 students joined the scheme each year, and the number increased to over 9,500 in the 2005/06 round and at around 10,000 in the 2006/07 round.

"We are glad to see the Scheme is continuing to gain popularity and acceptance amongst students. The increasing participation over the past few years reflected students' recognition of the value of CEPAS," the spokesman said.

In order to provide more convenience, the UGC has been improving the registration and testing arrangements over the years. Starting from 2006/07, students can register online. In this round, over 90% of students have chosen to register online. In addition, summer testing sessions from July to October have been offered since 2005/06. A total of 41 testing sessions will be organized in 2007/08, including 16 summer testing sessions. Some 3,000 students have registered to take part in summer testing sessions.

A breakdown of the number of participants by institution is at Annex for reference.

End/ Friday, November 9, 2007


Number of Participants in
Common English Proficiency Assessment Scheme in 2007/08


Institution 2007/08
No. of Participants Percentage of Projected Graduates
City University of Hong Kong 1,850 68%
Hong Kong Baptist University 1,075 69%
Lingnan University 531 68%
The Chinese University of Hong Kong 2,016 69%
The Hong Kong Institute of Education 330* 71%*
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University 1,926 76%
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 1,460 78%
The University of Hong Kong 2,021 70%
Total : 11,209 71%

* 328 of the 330 candidates from HKIEd are full-time students, accounting for 71% of projected graduates from full-time programmes in 2007/08. The 330 candidates account for 52% of projected graduates of all programmes in 2007/08.