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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.
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).
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.
Canada Public Service 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.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Pre-Employment Tests
Situational Judgement Tests (SJT) give a scenario and you are asked for the best response. SJT generally cover the following areas:
- Being a Team Player
- Building Relationships
- Organization and Planning
- Focus on Customer
- Analytical and Creative Thinking
NAV Canada Assessment Test
There are 2 stages – Stage 1 and FEAST
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 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.
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
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: