Testing

Post-Secondary Recruitment uses two testing methods:

  1. On-line testing (unsupervised) – Public Service Entrance Exam

    The unsupervised Public Service Entrance Exam (PSEE UIT 370) is comprised of two sub-tests: the Test of Reasoning and the Test of Judgement. While all applicants are asked to take the Test of Reasoning (sub-test 1), the Test of Judgement (sub-test 2) is required only if additional information is needed to complete the assessment.

    The PSEE can be written in an unsupervised environment anywhere you have access to a computer and an Internet connection.

    You will only be permitted to write the PSEE once. Your score will be applied to all PSR jobs to which you apply this year. You will only be invited to attend an in-person testing session if you pass the on-line PSEE.

    You will not be informed of your exact scores.

    An invitation to write the PSEE will be sent on October 9 and the exam must be completed before October 15, 2014.

    Find out more about the Public Service Entrance Exam

  2. Supervised testing

    A new, supervised Public Service Entrance Exam (PSEE) test is being administered this year. As a result, current valid scores for the Graduate Recruitment Test and the Situational Judgement Test are not applicable to this year’s campaign.

    Applicants who succeeded on the unsupervised PSEE (PSEE UIT 370) will be required to write the supervised PSEE (PSEE 371).

    Preliminary details on the supervised test

    The PSEE 371 is a supervised test consisting of two separately timed sub-tests:

    Sub-Test 1: Test of Reasoning is designed to assess reasoning and problem-solving ability and consists of 30 multiple choice questions. There are four types of questions:
    • Arithmetic reasoning:
    • Logical reasoning;
    • Analytical reasoning; and
    • Number or letter series.
    You have 90 minutes to complete this sub-test.

    Sub-Test 2: Test of Judgement is designed to assess the judgement required for solving problems in work-related situations and consists of 40 multiple choice questions.

    You have 60 minutes to complete this sub-test.

    Total test time: Approximately 3 hours, including 30 minutes of administration time.

    The same question types are used on both the unsupervised and the supervised tests.

    Additional information on the PSEE will be available soon.

Testing accommodation

If you require accommodation during testing (e.g., provision of sign language interpreters, information in an alternative format, reader services, technical support and/or attendant services), please send us an e-mail a minimum of one week before testing. This will allow sufficient time to arrange for an assessment of your needs to ensure that any required accommodation is available and/or that procedures and test content are adjusted appropriately. Failure to notify us on time may result in your application no longer being considered.

Find out more about accommodation in the public service.