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LPAT Preparation Courses - 2019 LPAT

The 2019 LPAT is now over. Results will come out in late May.

But if you're interested in getting a head start on the 2020 LPAT, feel free to contact us!

Our private and private group (1-1 and 1-2) courses are targeted at helping Hong Kong teachers with the two parts of the test that they generally find most difficult: speaking and writing.

My teacher was patient, helpful and cheerful, and he helped me find out the problems that I didn't realize I had. I finally got a pass! Hurray! Ms. Rene Chau, 2018 LPATE
My instructor was a professional, inspiring and charismatic teacher. Because of him I finally passed my LPATE speaking paper with 3s in most of the scales. Thank you!! Mr. A.Au, 2018 LPATE
The most useful part was correcting the pronunciation and proof-reading the writing together. I had a great improvement this year and finally passed all four papers! Ms. Miranda M, 2018 LPATE
I passed the speaking part finally!! And after combining my 2014 & 2016 results, I have 3 papers with a 4, so I can get the certificate of merit!! Thanks so much for your teaching. It really did help me improve and understand the requirements of the exam! Ms. S.T, 2017 LPATE
Thanks for helping me improve my skills. Just submitted the application form for the certificate of merit. Hope to get it soon so I have something to brag about, lol! Ms. D.S, 2017 LPATE

Results Summary for LPAT - 2018

The LPAT scores for 2018 were released on May 24, 2018. The scores were similar to previous years, though the passing rate for the listening test showed a drop to an 8-year low of about 75%.

Speaking and writing remained the most difficult parts of the LPAT. The passing rate for the speaking test was up a few percentage points to slightly under 58%. Writing was also slightly better than the previous year, at 43% compared to 39%, but that is still roughly 6 out 10 prospective teachers failing.

The average passing rates, from low to high, for the past 15 years from 2004 through 2018, are:

  • writing paper: 44%
  • speaking paper: 51%
  • listening paper: 76%
  • reading paper: 82%

That means every year on average, half of all test takers in Hong Kong fail the writing and speaking portions of the exam.

Chart showing Language Proficiency Assessment Test pass rates from 2004 to 2018.

Data source for 2018: http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201805/24/P2018052400352.htm

The results show that Hong Kong teachers are clearly better at the receptive skills but unfortunately fall short in the productive skills.

If that describes you, and if you are planning on taking the LPATE, you need to make sure your speaking and writing skills can pass muster. A little guided practice could give you that extra boost you need.

Comments and results from a few of our test takers

If you're an English teacher planning on taking the 2018/2019 LPAT, you can be confident knowing that we've been helping test-takers with the LPAT since 2012. We know what it takes!

Here's what one of our very happy course-takers (he had taken it multiple times before coming to us for help) said:

I was so anxious when unsealing the letter. What I found was a big "Attained" printed on it. Yes!!! I PASSED the writing paper, finally!! The score were very heartening too - all 3 for the composition and all 4 for the error correction. It was a miracle for me and the best birthday present ever!! Of course I wouldn't have such an exciting result without your help and support. I am grateful to have had you to guide me to overcome the LPATE. Thank you sooooooooo much.

There was another big surprise yesterday. The school I had worked at as a TA before said that they have reserved a teaching post for me. That means I will finally become an English teacher in the coming September. Hurray=] Mr. M. Mak, 2015 LPATE

Here's a sampling of a few of our other LPATE takers:

  • Ms. C.Y. Ng, after reporting speaking test scores of 3.5 on everything except for "Reading aloud with meaning" and "Discussing educational matters with peers", in which she scored 4s, said: "I'm happy with what I've got. The proficiency requirement was attained. I'm happy that I didn't get any 2.5 or 3 :) Thanks for your tutoring!!!!!"
  • Mr. W.T Law, a current HKU student preparing for a career in education, said: "Thanks for your care and support. I got 3.5 in all areas (except a 3 in discussing educational matters). It is better than last year (in which I only got a 3 for most areas) and it is better than I expected!"
  • Mr. KS Luk struggled with the speaking test but said: "This is the best result I have ever had. And the total score reveals a big jump over last year."

One of our course-takers was very happy with his speaking exam results (mostly 3.5s, and a few 4s):

I am glad to tell you that I am pleased with the results of the LPATE speaking (beyond my expectations in the positive way). Task 1A - Reading a prose passage: Pronunciation, stress, intonation: 3 and Reading aloud with meaning: 3.5. For Task 1B - Monologue: Grammatical and lexical accuracy and range: 4, and Organization and coherence: 4. For Task 2 - Group Interaction: Interacting with peers: 3.5 and Discussing educational issue: 4

Without your teaching, I must say that I could not have had the results I want. I feel very lucky to have attended the lessons with you in Impact Language as you helped me come closer to my goal. Thus, I would like to express my gratitude for your teaching! Joseph C. 2014 LPATE

2019 LPATE Dates

The LPATE tests are usually held very close to Chinese New Year. For reference, in 2018, the RLW tests were held 2 weeks prior to CNY and the speaking test a week or so after the holiday

The 2019 dates are slightly earlier this time, with the reading, listening, and writing papers the last Sunday in January because of an earlier Chinese New Year. The speaking test is still the last week of February:

  • Reading:    Jan 27, 2019 (Sunday)
  • Listening:   Jan 27, 2019 (Sunday)
  • Writing:     Jan 27, 2019 (Sunday)
  • CNY Holiday:   Feb 5 - Feb 7, 2019 (Tues - Thurs)
  • Speaking:   Feb 25 - Mar 1, 2019 (Mon - Fri)

CLA will take place throughout most of the school year, starting November 5, 2018 (Monday) and ending April 8, 2019 (Friday).

You can also see the exact timetable for the exam sections at the HKEAA website by clicking here. And if you're interested in public holidays in 2019, you can click here.

Registration Dates for 2019 LPAT

Registration for the LPAT is in September of each year. For the 2019 exam:

  • Applications by post: Sept. 3 - 14, 2018
  • Applications by Internet: Sept. 3 - 19, 2018
  • Applications in person: Sept. 14 - 20, 2018
For more details and a link to the online registration form, simply click here to go to the registration page on the HKEAA website.

Course Modules

  • Speaking Module 1: Prose - Reading Aloud
  • Speaking Module 2: Telling / Recounting / Presenting
  • Writing Module 3: Essay Writing
  • Writing Module 4: Correcting Student Writing
The teacher was knowledgeable, approachable, and friendly, and he taught in an interesting manner. Each lesson was followed by short practice, which helped me master the language skills effectively. He used an interesting method to teach stress and intonation, and through his instruction, I have become more aware of stress and intonation in speaking and reading aloud in English. H.Y. Chan, Secondary School Teacher

Course Notes and Fee Schedule:

Choose what you wish to study. Most test candidates focus on either speaking or writing, but you may do both. You may also take lessons as often as you like, though there is a minimum of once a week.

Our LPAT courses are available during the daytime between 12 noon and 5:00 PM and on select evenings on a limited basis. We have a limited number of slots on Saturdays.

Course Class Length Lessons Fee* - Off Peak Fee* - Peak
4 $575 $625
LPAT 50 Minutes 8 $550 $600
12 $525 $575
  • The above fees are on a PER CLASS basis.
  • Peak hours are any time after 5:00 PM and all day Saturday.
  • For each additional student add $50 per class.
  • The above fees are for reference only and may change without notice.
  • Off-peak rates become unavailable to new students 50 days prior to first exam.

Please note that all options have a time limit. The course length, in consecutive weeks, cannot be more than the number of lessons you purchase, and the maximum course length is 8 weeks from the start date.

I wanted to learn "natural" English, and that's why I came to Impact Language. I saw a definite improvement in my English, and the teacher was very keen on helping students, so I would certainly recommend that others try here! Ms. C.L. Ng, Primary School Teacher

Each lesson lasts for 55 minutes with the last 5 minutes for wrapping up and exiting the classroom. Classes start on time, so students should try to arrive at least 5 minutes early.

Fees are paid in advance. Lessons that fall on a public holiday can be rescheduled to an alternate day or the following week.

Other Courses

We can also help you if you want to prepare for IELTS or perhaps an exciting new job interview. And if you just want to work on improving general conversation skills - a must for career development! - then join one of our fun small group discussion classes.