English Language Proficiency Assessment

Undergraduate Students


Who is required to take it?

All LANG1002 students must take ELPA early in Fall Semester. Doing this test enables your LANG 1002 instructor to give you feedback and advice on aspects of your English which you need to improve if your proficiency is to increase.

All LANG 1003 students must take ELPA at the end of 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 timeslot?

ELPA speaking tests for LANG 1003 students will be held on May 19 to 22. You can choose when to take your speaking test. Please report to Room 3019 (Language Commons) at least 10 minutes before the start of your test.

The ELPA written test for LANG 1003 students will be held on May 17. Please report to the test venue at least 20 minutes before the start of the test.

Online registration for the speaking test will start on April 1 (9 am) and close on April 30 (5 pm).

Can I change the time for my test?

If you become aware of an activity that clashes with the time you booked for your speaking test, you can go back into the online system to change your booking. Of course you may be restricted in terms of times still available.

You cannot change your written test time.

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

If you are unwell on the day of your test, you must have a medical certificate to support your application for a make-up test. You should contact lcelpa@ust.hk immediately. Only one make-up test will be offered.

What happens if I miss the test?

If you fail to take either part of the test, your grade for LANG 1003 will be affected.

How can I prepare?

Use English as much as possible in the days before the test. Read, write, speak and listen to English. Attend and participate actively in your LANG 1003 classes. Ask your instructor about the test.

Go to the ‘Be prepared for ELPA’ page under ‘learner resources’ on this site. Do practice reading and listening tasks. Read the tips given about different parts of the test.

Look at the section, Test Components, on this site. Look at the sample questions. Watch the video about the speaking test.

If you have any specific questions about the test, email lcelpa@ust.hk

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.

How will I get my results?

You will get your ELPA results through the online feedback system.

What if I have more questions?

Ask your LANG instructor first. Contact lcelpa@ust.hk if your instructor is unable to answer your questions.

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