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LPAT Preparation Courses - 2023 LPAT

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.

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  1. Some recent comments by happy customers
  2. Results summary for the 2021 LPAT
  3. And some more happy customers!
  4. Looking ahead to the 2022 LPAT
  5. Course modules and fee schedule at Impact Language

A selection of recent comments:

I passed FINALLY!!! Got 3-3.5 in everything. Thank you very much for your patience and thanks again in helping me pass the exam. Ms. Ng, 2019 LPATE
The skills I was taught were essential for me to attain the results I needed, and the lesson notes were precise and inspiring. His lessons are suitable for anyone who's looking for a breakthrough in LPAT. Ms. F. Kwok, 2020 LPATE
My teacher explained things clearly and the ideas are still vivid in my mind! Ms. L.K., 2020 LPATE
Thanks for helping me improve my skills. I just submitted the application form for the certificate of merit! Ms. D.S, 2017 LPATE
The lessons gave me clear insights into not only the LPAT exam but also the language as a whole. The lessons improved my English and, more importantly, I now know how to further enhance my knowledge. I will definitely recommend Impact Language to my friends! Ms. Julia L., 2020 LPATE
The lessons are well structured and easy to follow. My tutor looked at my essays line to line with me and helped me improve my writing. Grammar discussions are included specifically with useful notes. Thank you Jay! Ms. Wynne Ng, 2019 LPATE
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

Results Summary for the 2021 LPAT

The 2021 LPAT showed declines in the writing paper as many candidates struggled with task completion, though oral scores rose over the period. The reading paper was the surprise this year, with an unusually sharp drop.

The writing paper remained the lowest performer, followed by the speaking test. Though speaking was up, there may have been other factors at work. It is reasonable to expect the speaking score to revert to the mean in 2022. The long-term average passing rates for both these papers hover around 50%.

I passed all the papers! Thank you so much for your guidance!!!! Thankssssss! Ms. Heidi S., 2019 LPATE

The average passing rates, from low to high, for the past 17 years from 2004 through 2021, are:

  • reading paper: 82%
  • writing paper: 44%
  • listening paper: 77%
  • speaking paper: 53%

That means that on average half of all test takers in Hong Kong fail the writing and speaking portions of the exam. The speaking score has been trending up the past few years, but writing is still highly problematic.

A side-note for native speakers

If you're a native speaker, you might think the test will be a no-brainer. That may or may not be the case, especially if your knowledge of grammar terminology happens to be a bit shaky. The lower performing half typically includes even those who have excellent English language skills.

The problem area for native speakers is, almost without fail, task 2B in the writing paper: explanation of errors. Unless you were an English major in university (and even then it's not a given), you probably aren't terribly fluent in grammar terms. Your explanations are probably along the lines of "well, that's just the way we say it", and you might find yourself in abject terror at the thought of a student asking for a slightly more formal answer.

Fortunately, you should have an advantage. With a little bit of help, you can pick up enough of the kind of terminology that the HKEAA and EDB are looking for. And it might even help you when you're in front of more demanding students. We've helped others like you before, and we can help you too.

Chart showing Language Proficiency Assessment Test pass rates from 2004 to 2019.

Data source for 2021: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202105/20/P2021052000326.htm

The reading score in 2021 was very surprising, however. The paper saw a significant drop in passes, from nearly 90% in 2020 to just barely over 70% in 2021. Conversely, the speaking paper saw a rather surprising increase in pass rates, from 60% last year to 70% in 2021.

These numbers (both the sharp drop in reading and the sharp increase in speaking) are quite outside the norm. Why that would be the case is hard to say.

As such, regardless of the statistics from 2020 and 2021, test-takers would be best to use the long-term averages when deciding on one's personal study strategy.

What the results summary really means for you:

The figures show that Hong Kong teachers are generally better at the receptive skills but unfortunately fall short when it comes to 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.

The lessons were highly enjoyable and productive. I admire how my teacher always has a variety of questions to throw back at his students to test and reconsolidate their knowledge. It has been a fun and rewarding few months! Thanks so much for helping me boost my confidence and encouraging me throughout the process. Ms. Maggie W., 2020 LPATE

More comments and results from a few of our test takers

If you're an English teacher planning on taking the 2023 LPAT, you can be confident knowing that we've been helping test-takers with the LPAT since 2012. With a full decade of experience 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:

Yes!!! I PASSED the writing paper, finally!! The scores were very heartening too - all 3 for the composition and all 4 for the error correction. It was 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, 2015 LPATE

And here are more:

The lessons were really practical and straight to the point - specifically targeting our weaknesses and giving us concrete suggestions concerning pronunciation and intonation. Great lessons to help us improve! Ms. T. Sit, 2019 LPATE
Learning with Impact was my great pleasure. My tutor was an enthusiastic teacher who not only taught me the skills and contents of the assessment, but also encouraged me to face difficulties. Thanks, Jay! Ms. J. Wong, 2019 LPATE
The lessons were relaxing and the teacher was encouraging. The teacher could spot my weaknesses in writing and helped me overcome them. I could make improvements in a really short time. Thanks a lot! Ms. T. Wong, 2019 LPATE

Here's a sampling of a few of our other LPATE takers from not long after we started helping teachers prepare for the LPATE:

  • Ms. C.Y. Ng attained speaking test scores of 3.5 on most sub-scores and 4s "Reading aloud with meaning" and "Discussing educational matters with peers": "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, an 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 and 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."

The results of the LPATE speaking were beyond my expectations: Pronunciation 3, reading with meaning 3.5, grammar 4, organization 4, interacting with peers 3.5, and discussing educational issues 4.

Without your teaching, I could not have had the results I wanted. I feel very lucky to have attended the lessons with you in Impact Language as you helped me come closer to my goal! Joseph C. 2014 LPATE

2023 LPATE Dates

The LPATE tests are usually held in February and are scheduled around the Chinese New Year holiday. Usually the Reading/Listening/Writing (RLW) tests are held prior to CNY and the speaking test after CNY in the last week of February. In 2022, CNY will come at the beginning of the month, leaving less time between the RLW and speaking tests.

For reference here were the originally scheduled assessment dates for the 2022 LPAT:

Dates
CNY Holidays in 2022 February 1-3, 2022
Reading / Listening / Writing February 13 (Sunday) POSTPONED/TBD
Speaking Feb 28 to March 4 (Mon-Fri) POSTPONED/TBD
CLA Nov 1 '21 - Apr 7 '22


CLA usually takes place through much of the school year, usually starting in early November and finishing up in early / mid April.

You can also see the timetable for the exam sections at the HKEAA website by clicking here. If you're interested in public holidays in 2022, you can click here.

Registration Dates for the 2023 LPAT

Registration for the LPAT is in September of each year. Starting in Sept 2021, registration for the LPAT can ONLY be done via the Internet or in person. The HKEAA is no longer accepting hard copies of entry forms. Registration dates for the 2023 LPAT have not yet been published. For reference, here are the dates for the 2022 exam: :

  • Applications by Internet: Sept. 1 (09:00) - 20, 2021 (21:59)
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. 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 $600 $650
LPAT 50 Minutes 8 $550 $600
12 $525 $575
*NOTES:
  • The above rates are on a PER LESSON basis. For each additional student add $50 / lesson.
  • Peak hours are after 5:00 PM and all day Saturday.
  • These rates for reference only and may change without notice.
  • Off-peak rates become unavailable to new students 50 days prior to first exam.
  • Single lessons are priced a flat rate of $700-$750 / lesson.

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.