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Since 2001, the HKEAA and the Education Bureau (EDB) have jointly conducted the Language Proficiency Assessment (LPA) [formerly known as Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers (LPAT)], which assesses candidates’ proficiency in English Language and Putonghua for teaching the respective subject in schools. Anyone who satisfies the entry requirements can enter for the assessment.

The assessment consists of oral and written papers, as well as a classroom language assessment which is offered to teachers only. Candidates who attain Level 3 or above in all papers of the assessment are deemed to have met the Language Proficiency Requirement for teaching the relevant subject in schools.