Tests

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

  • Unsupervised Internet test
  • Supervised test (in person)

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

Unsupervised Internet Test

This online test, PSEE – Unsupervised Internet Test (UIT) 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 PSEE UIT 370

  • Written in an unsupervised environment, wherever you have access to a computer and an Internet connection
  • Previous PSEE UIT 370 results (e.g., from a previous PSR campaign) are not transferrable
  • Results are applied to all the PSR jobs, to which you apply during the campaign, requiring the PSEE

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

Supervised test (in-person)

If you passed the online PSEE UIT 370, 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 specific locations across Canada and abroad. The test locations are included in the invitation to applicants. Different locations cannot be requested and candidates are responsible for their own travel costs (where applicable).

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

Alternate test dates

Alternate dates to complete the PSEE are only considered in exceptional circumstances.

Send us an email if you discover you have a conflict, upon immediate receipt of your test invitation. You must:

  • Explain why you are requesting an alternate test date.
  • Provide the appropriate supporting proof (e.g., travel itinerary for travel booked prior to the receipt of the invitation).

Accommodation

Send us an email if you require accommodation during testing (e.g., provision of sign language interpreters, information in an alternate 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

Unsupervised Internet Test

You will not be informed of your exact results for the online PSEE UIT 370, as this information is never shared. You will only be invited to attend an in-person testing session (PSEE 371) if you passed the online PSEE UIT 370.

Supervised test (in-person)

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

Check your online applicant account for your results of the supervised test (PSEE 371).

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

You can send an email to cfp.rp-psr.psc@cfp-psc.gc.ca.