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In the Final Report of Language Education Review released in June 2003, SCOLAR recommended that "expected English competencies should be specified for university graduates and entry-level professionals to give them a better idea of employers' expectations".

To implement the recommendation of the report on determining the expected English language competencies, a study was conducted in 2004 to identify the English language competency level of graduate employees who had graduated for two to three years. A total of 200 graduate employees from a variety of professions, business and industries were invited to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test between late April and July 2004 (the "2004 SCOLAR Project").

In 2005, SCOLAR commissioned Hong Kong Policy Research Institute to conduct a survey of local employers in the private sector for their views on English language competencies expected of their graduate employees, and to verify the results of the 2004 SCOLAR Project.


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