results of Hong Kong tests in Mandarin and English

The government of Hong Kong has released the results of February’s proficiency exams for prospective teachers of English and of Mandarin. A total of 1,836 candidates took the English exam, while 2,209 candidates were tested in Mandarin.

Here are the percentages of candidates attaining level 3, the basic proficiency requirement for language teachers, in 2007:

  • English
    • 78.8% in reading
    • 38.3% in writing
    • 80.4% in listening
    • 47.7% in speaking
    • 92.7% in classroom-language assessment
  • Mandarin
    • 39.6% in listening and recognition
    • 56.5% in Pinyin
    • 35.6% in speaking
    • 83.4% in classroom-language assessment

Percentages of candidates attaining level 3, the basic proficiency requirement for language teachers, in 2006:

  • English
    • 85.5% in reading
    • 45.9% in writing
    • 74.3% in listening
    • 37.0% in speaking
    • 92.7% in classroom-language assessment (exactly the same as in 2007 — strange)
  • Mandarin
    • 54% in listening and recognition
    • 50% in Pinyin
    • 38% in speaking
    • 85% in classroom-language assessment

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