What’s on the Test
The CBSA test includes:
- Reasoning and Analytical Thinking – analogies, number series, matching
- Written Communication Proficiency Test (WCPT) – Grammar, Punctuation, reading comprehension
- Vocabulary and Word Meaning – synonyms and Antonyms
Reasoning and Analytical Thinking
Why Reasoning and Analytical Thinking is Important
Border Agents must have Top Decision Making Skills – Agents must make quick, informed decisions, using reasoning and analytical thinking skills toi evaluate documents, assess situations, or analyze information quickly.
Border Agents need Top Problem Solving Skills. CBSA Agents are confronted with complex problems everyday. Officers might have to determine the validity of documents, spotting and resolving discrepancies, as well as handling situations requiring comprehensive understanding of laws and regulations. Analytical thinking provides the foundation for effective problem-solving skills.
Risk Assessment is Part of the Job. As a CBSA officer, you will be assessing risk and determining threats, which may be related to individual cases or wider security issues.
- Sequences & Series
Word Knowledge and Vocabulary
Why Word Knowledge and Vocabulary is Important
The CBSA test, is a test for professionals and therefore, includes terminology specific to border services, law enforcement, and related areas.
Agents communicate with a diverse range of people everyday, including those who may not speak English or French as their first language. A large and varied vocabulary for clearer, more precise communication, which can be crucial in the sensitive scenarios officers may encounter.
A large vocabulary supports logical reasoning and problem-solving, which are key skills for CBSA officers.
The word knowledge is considered part of the analytical and reasoning sections. Includes:
Written Communication (WCPT)
Why Grammar and Punctuation is Important
Written Communication Proficiency Test (WCPT): Part of the OTEE includes a WCPT, which specifically tests grammar, punctuation, and reading comprehension.
Border agents daily write reports and other official documents. Grammar and punctuation are necessary for these documents to be understood correctly by other officers, judges, or legal professionals, who rely on them. Errors lead to misunderstandings, which in turn can have significant consequences.
The Written Communication Proficiency Test includes:
- Reading Comprehension