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The Canadian Public Service Commission

The Public Service Commission promotes and ensures a  non-partisan and merit-based public service that is representative of, and serves all Canadians.  As part of this mandate, the Public Service Commission recruits for the public service with a portal for all public service jobs.   The Public Service Commission administers all public service entrance exams.

Canada Public Service Entrance Test 371

The  (PSEE 371) is used to assess your reasoning and judgment skills for officer-level positions in the federal public service. The PSEE is usually the final step in a two-step assessment process, following an unsupervised version of the test (i.e., PSEE UIT 370).

General Competency Test GCT 2

The General Competency Test is a general cognitive aptitude test that assesses your reasoning and problem solving ability.


The Written Communication Proficiency Test is used to evaluate your written English  communication skills.  It is used to evaluate candidates for Officer-level employees, managers who must write letters, memos, reports or other documents, and express themselves concisely.


The GSPAT-120 assesses candidate’s ability to identify and make positive changes to grammar, spelling, and errors in punctuation in written English text quickly and accurately. The test is approximately  at par with the completion of two years of secondary school.

Test of Judgement 375 (situational judgement)

The Public Service Commission administers assessment exams for government positions. The Test of Judgment 375 assesses a candidate’s judgment and problem-solving ability. The test provides scenarios and candidates must come up with solutions.

Test of Reasoning 373

The test of reasoning 373 (TOR 373) evaluates the intellectual and problem-solving ability for officer-level positions in the national public service.

Second Language Evaluation (SLE)

The Second Language Evaluation test (SLE)  helps departments and agencies in the Federal public service staff bilingual positions.

Canada Public Service recruitment process:

Recruitment Process

A Job is Posted.  A job is advertised on the Government of Canada’s job website, as well as other job search sites. The posting includes information about the job requirements, qualifications, and application deadline.

Submit your Application. Submit your applications online, with documents such as your resume, cover letter, and any other.

Assessment. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to participate in an assessment process. The assessment process may include:

  • Entrance Exam You will be required to take an entrance exam, such as the Public Service Entrance Exam (PSEE), or other.
  • Second Language Evaluation (SLE)  You may be required to take an Second Language Evaluation SLE test to assess your proficiency in English or French as a second language.
  • Interview If you are successful in the testing phase, and meet the minimum requirements or better, you will be invited to one or more interviews.
  • Reference Check You will be asked to provide references from people who can attest to their work experience, skills, and character.  Depending on the position, you may also be required to provide a criminal record check.
  • Selection Hiring managers will select the most qualified candidate(s) for the position. You will be notified of the decision either way.
  • Security Check Some positions require security screening, which includes a criminal record check, credit check, and other security checks, depending on the position.

Job Offer  If you make it through all of these steps, and are the best qualified, you will get a job offer. The offer includes details about the job, salary, benefits, and start date.

Onboarding The onboarding includes orientation, training, and familiarization with the job and the department.

Miscellaneous Canada Public Service Tests

Office Skills Test

What’s on the Test

  • Filing
  • Arithmetic Calculations
  • Checking
  • Vocabulary
  • Following Directions

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Pre-Employment Tests

Officer position at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) must take the Situational Judgement Tests (SJT)

Situational Judgement Tests (SJT) give a scenario and you are asked for the best response.  SJT generally cover the following areas:

  • Communication
  • Being a Team Player
  • Building Relationships
  • Organization and Planning
  • Focus on Customer
  • Analytical and Creative Thinking

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NAV Canada Assessment Test

The NAV Canada Air Traffic Controller Test is a smaller version of the Wonderlic Test.   You are given 30 questions to be answered in 8-minutes.

There are 2 stages – Stage 1 and FEAST

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Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Standardized Tests

The most common CRA assessment is the Korn Ferry Leadership Test.

Other CRA public service entrance exams are:

CRA Writing Test

The CRA Writing Skills test assesses an individual’s primary skills in capitalization, spelling, vocabulary, punctuation, sentence construction, and grammar.
CRA Writing Test

CRA Recruitment Test

CRA Competency-Based Behavioral Questionnaire

The Competency-based Behavioral test is scenario-based, with typical on-the-job situations.  Each scenario concerns a different competency, with 3-9 questions per competency.  You must answer each question in 15 minutes.

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CRA Accounting Level One Test

The CRA Accounting Level One Test assesses:

  • Knowledge of general ledger, financial statements, CICA Handbook, journal entries, as well as their interrelationships and purpose
  • Accounting practices, techniques and principles

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CRA Competency-Based Organizational Questionnaire

The Competency-Based Organization Test presents work-related experiences that you will encounter on the job.

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Management and Leadership – Korn Ferry

For management positions in the CRA or other parts of the Canadian Public Service, the most common public service entrance exam is the Korn Ferry Leadership Assessment.  This test allows recruiters to select the best applicants with desired characteristics and personality traits, that can be quite particular and specific.  The

CRA Korn Ferry assessments are:

  1. Korn Ferry Assessment of Leadership Potential
  2. Korn Ferry Four-Dimensional (KF4D) Executive Assessment
  3. Korn Ferry viaEdge
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Date Published: Monday, January 3rd, 2022
Date Modified: Sunday, May 28th, 2023