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Points-based Tests

Applicants who meet all the prerequisites may choose to be assessed further either under the General Points Test or Achievement-based Points Test. Each applicant may only submit one application and be assessed under one test at a time.

General Points Test

 FactorsPointsClaimed Points
1Age (Maximum 30 points)
 51 or above0 
2Academic/Professional Qualifications (Maximum 45 points)
 Two or more Doctoral Degrees45 
 Doctoral Degree / Two or more Master Degrees40 
 Master Degree / Two or more Bachelor Degrees35 
 Bachelor Degree / Professional Qualification awarded by a nationally or internationally recognized or acclaimed professional body which demonstrates that the holder has a very high level of technical expertise or skill30 
3Work Experience (Maximum 50 points)
 Not less than 10 years' graduate or specialist level work experience, including at least 5 years in a senior role50 
 Not less than 5 years' graduate or specialist level work experience, including at least 2 years in a senior role40 
 Not less than 5 years' graduate or specialist level work experience30 
 Not less than 2 years' graduate or specialist level work experience10 
4Language Proficiency (Maximum 20 points)
 Being proficient both in written and spoken Chinese (Putonghua or Cantonese) and English20 
 Being proficient in at least one foreign language (written and spoken) in addition to written and spoken Chinese (Putonghua or Cantonese) or English15 
 Being proficient in written and spoken Chinese (Putonghua or Cantonese) or English10 
5Family Background (Maximum 20 points)
5.1At least one immediate family member (married spouse, parents, siblings, children) is a Hong Kong permanent resident residing in Hong Kong5 
5.2Accompanying married spouse is educated to the equivalent level of a degree or above5 
5.35 points for each accompanying unmarried dependent child under the age of 18, maximum 10 points5 / 10 
Maximum 165 Points 

Prevailing Minimum Passing Mark

The prevailing minimum passing mark is 80.*

*A minimum passing mark is set under the General Points Test. Interested parties are advised to assess whether their credentials are adequate to meet the minimum passing mark before submitting an application. The minimum passing mark is subject to change from time to time.

Achievement-based Points Test

The Scheme also caters for the entry of individuals with exceptional talent or skill who have outstanding achievements. They may choose to be assessed under a separate Achievement-based Points Test. Requirement under this test is very high. Assessment under this test focuses on achievements attained by applicants and applicants who opt to be assessed under this test are claiming a scoring of 165 points under one scoring factor only. Those who are considered to have met one of the criteria under this test listed in the following paragraph will be awarded 165 points; otherwise, no point will be awarded. Applications which fail to score points under this test will be refused immediately.

Points may be awarded under this test if:

  1. the applicant has received an award of exceptional achievement (e.g. Olympic medals, Nobel prize, national/international awards); or
  2. the applicant can show that his/her work has been acknowledged by his/her peers or has contributed significantly to the development of his/her field (e.g. lifetime achievement award from industry).