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HK Universities Snub Mainland China in English

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In a move bound to upset mainland China,  2 top Hong Kong universities have rejected the Chinese CET test in favor of IELTS.

In future, the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong will ask for student applicants to present their IELTS score instead of their Chinese based CET score.

The College English Test or CET is a foreign language test used in mainland China and taken by about 18 million students each year since it was first introduced some 26 years ago. The IELTS test, meanwhile, is used by many universities in the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa to test an applicant’s knowledge of English. (Although it’s accepted by some universities in the USA, there colleges tend to prefer the TOEFL exam).

In 2002 Hong Kong began accepting students from mainland China, now it seems they are asking for more than Chinese universities. According to some academics, the IELTS is more complete in testing a student’s knowledge of English and better suited as an indicator of ability.

Useful Links

Teaching English in Hong Kong – about teaching English in Hong Kong

Teaching English in China – about teaching English in China

IELTS‏‎ – an introduction to the IELTS exam

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