Tests

PSR uses the Public Service Entrance Exam (PSEE) for most of its jobs and inventories. The PSEE includes two testing methods:

  • on-line (unsupervised) and
  • in-person (supervised).

If eligible, applicants will receive an electronic invitation to participate in testing. The PSEE can only be written once per PSR campaign.

On-line tests (unsupervised)

The on-line test, PSEE – Unsupervised Internet Test 370, includes two sub-tests:

  1. Test of Reasoning (sub-test 1) – all invited applicants are asked to take this sub-test
  2. Test of Judgement (sub-test 2) – required only if additional information is needed to complete the assessment

Writing the on-line PSEE

  • Written in an unsupervised environment, wherever you have access to a computer and an Internet connection
  • Written once per PSR campaign
  • Results are applied to all the PSR jobs to which you apply during the campaign

Can't access the second test?

The Test of Judgement (sub-test 2) becomes accessible (a hyperlink appears in your job account) only after you have completed the Test of Reasoning and only if additional information is needed to complete the assessment.

Experiencing technical difficulties?

Contact us immediately at cfp.rp-psr.psc@cfp-psc.gc.ca

Pass marks

The minimum pass marks are guidelines for federal organizations. The pass marks can be increased at the discretion of the hiring organization, depending on their recruitment needs and the skills being assessed.

Find out more about the unsupervised PSEE

In-person tests (supervised)

If you passed the on-line PSEE, you will be invited to register for in-person testing.

The in-person test, PSEE 371, includes two separately timed sub-tests:

  1. Test of Reasoning (sub-test 1)
  2. Test of Judgement (sub-test 2)

It takes approximately three hours to complete both sub-tests, including 30 minutes of administration time. No breaks are scheduled.

Test locations

Testing takes place at specified locations across Canada and abroad. The test locations are included in the invitation to applicants.

Pass marks

The minimum pass marks are guidelines for federal organizations. The pass marks can be increased at the discretion of the hiring organization, depending on their recruitment needs and the skills being assessed.

Find out more about the supervised PSEE

Alternative test dates

Alternative dates are only considered in exceptional circumstances.

Send us an e-mail if you discover you have a conflict upon receipt of your test invitation. You must:

  • explain why you are requesting an alternative test date and
  • provide the appropriate supporting proof (e.g., travel itinerary for travel booked prior to the receipt of the invitation).

Accommodation

Send us an e-mail if you require accommodation during testing (e.g., provision of sign language interpreters, information in an alternative format, reader services, technical support, or attendant services).

Your request must be made as soon as you receive an invitation to take a test. 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 within provided timelines may result in your application no longer being considered.

Find out more about accommodation in the public service

Results

On-line tests (unsupervised)

You will not be informed of your exact results for the on-line PSEE, as this information is never shared. You will only be invited to attend an in-person testing session if you passed the on-line PSEE.

In-person tests (supervised)

It takes up to six weeks from the test date to post your results.

Check your on-line applicant account for your results on the supervised portion of the PSEE.

Missing results

Wait at least six weeks after your test date before contacting us for your results.

If you are missing PSR test results in your applicant account, send an e-mail to cfp.rp-psr.psc@cfp-psc.gc.ca.