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Test Requirements to Study at the Top Universities in Hong Kong

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To study in Hong Kong as an international student, one must follow the university application steps thoroughly and submit the required documents on time. Top universities in Hong Kong for international students have different entrance requirements.

As a mandate students are required to take English Language Tests to study in Hong Kong other than the general entry requirements.

Top Universities in Hong Kong: Entry Requirements

There are 8 public and many private institutions in Hong with different entry requirements. The following are the top universities in Hong along with their QS World Rankings and Times Higher Education (THE) Rankings.

UniversityTHE Ranking (2018)QS World Ranking (2018)
The University of Hong Kong#36#25
The Chinese University of Hong Kong#55#49
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology#46#37
Hong Kong Baptist University#401#277
City University Hong Kong#110#55
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University#173#106

Requirements for City University of Hong Kong (to be linked)

  • TOEFL: Minimum score of 79 (internet based test)
  • IELTS: Band of 6.5 or greater than 6.5
  • Cambridge ESOL Examination: Grade C or greater in CPPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English)/ Grade C or greater in CAE (Certificate of Advanced English)
  • GCE System: Grade E or greater in GCE IAL/AL or AS/IAS ; Grade C or greater in IAL/AL or AS/IAS ; Grade C or greater in IGCSE first language English ; Grade B or greater in IGCSE English as second language

Requirements for The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (to be linked)

  • IELTS: Band of 6.0 or above
  • CAE (Certificate in Advanced English): Grade C
  • ACT: Score of 23 or above in ACT English and ACT Reading
  • GCE AS or A-Level English: Grade E
  • TOEFL: Internet based test score – 80 ; Paper-based test score – 550 ; Paper delivered test – 80 (combined score)

Requirements for the Chinese University of Hong Kong(to be linked)

  • TOEFL iBT: 80
  • IELTS: Band of 6.0 or above
  • SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing: 590
  • ACT combined english test: 23
  • SAT Reasoning Test: 8 (Essay Score)

Requirements for the University of Hong Kong (to be linked)

  • GCSE/GCEO: Grade C in English Language ; Grade C in English First Language at IGCSE ; Grade B in English as a Second Language at IGCSE
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): Overall score of 180
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English): Overall score of 180
  • IELTS: Band of 6.5 or above
  • TOEFL: 93 (Internet based test) ; 583 (Paper Based Test)

Requirements for Hong Kong Polytechnic University (to be linked)

  • International A Level/GCE A-Level: Passed in 3AL OR 2AL and 2 AS subjects
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): Minimum score of 24 with minimum grade 4 in higher level subjects
  • SAT Reasoning Test: Combined score of 1650  

Requirements for Hong Kong Baptist University (to be linked)

  • TOEFL: Score 79 (Internet based test) ; Score 550 (Paper based test)
  • IELTS: Overall band of 6.0 or above
  • ACT: Minimum score of 23 in both ACT English and Reading
  • SAT: Minimum score of 550 in both critical writing and reading/ Minimum score of 590 in evidence based writing and reading

For a student to be able to study in Hong Kong the above mentioned test requirements are extremely crucial. If a student fails to get the above mentioned he will not be admitted at the university of his choice.

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