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English Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers

(LPAT Preparation Courses)

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.

"Thank you! I felt much more confident this time going into the exam!"Mr. A. Wong, 2016 Test Candidate

The 2016 test results:

As we expected, the writing test this year was more challenging, with the overall pass rate for that section dropping more than 10 percentage points. The other sections also saw performance declines though they were much more modest.

  • From 2004 to 2016, the average failure rate for the writing exam is 56%
  • From 2004 to 2016, the average failure rate for the speaking exam is 51%

That means every year on average, more than 5 out of 10 test-takers fail the writing and speaking portions of the exam.

If you are not prepared, you could easily end up in the lower performing half, even if you have excellent English language skills.

Chart showing Language Proficiency Assessment Test pass rates from 2004 to 2016.

Data source for 2016: www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201605/26/P201605260442.htm

As you can see, test takers do much better in the listening and reading comprehension portions of the exam, with pass rates usually in the 80%-90% range. 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

Here's what one of our very happy 2015 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."Mr. M. Mak

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."

Comments and results from earlier years

One of our 2014 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.

Here's what one of our 2013 short-term course-takers said:

After just 12 lessons, I improved my scores from Level 1.5 & level 1 to Level 2.5 & level 3. So, you see, I nearly passed it! Therefore, I am quite confident that I will pass it next year. Thanks for your help!Jessica T., Primary School Teacher

It's not that hard to improve a full point or point and a half ... if you have the right instruction!

2017 LPATE Dates

The LPAT reading, listening and writing tests for 2017 will be held about two weeks after Chinese New Year, and the speaking test 2 weeks after that. The test dates for the 2017 LPATE are:

  1. RLW: 12 February 2017 (Sunday)
  2. Speaking: 27 February (Monday) – 3 March (Friday)

You can also the exact timetable for the exam sections at the HKEAA website.

Registration for the LPAT ends in September of each year. For the 2017 exam, the deadlines were September 15, 2016 for applications by post, September 20 if by Internet, and September 21 if in person.

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 55 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.