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).
Candidates must be:
16 years or older
Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
Hold a valid work permit per the government’s requirements.
Meet the House of Commons pre-employment screening requirements
Meet the English language requirements
Scoring and Calculators
Sub-test One (Reasoning)
The pass mark is 13/30, which represents the 10th percentile or more. This means applicants are required to be among the top 90% of the group of previous test takers referred to as the normative sample.
Sub-test Two (Judgement)
The minimum pass mark is 3400/4000, which is 35th percentile or better, which means applicants must place in the top 65% of the normative sample.
To pass a sub-test, the applicant must place in the top 50% of the normative sample for sub-test 1 and 3461/4000 for sub-test 2.
Every test has its unique scale, so to meaningfully compare scores across tests, they are converted on a standard scale that ranges from 0 to 73.
There is no pass mark but rather a global score giving the best prediction of job performance.
There is no penalty for wrong answers.
On test day:
For public servants, bring one piece of signature identification with a photo and your personal record identifier. This number (personal record identifier) will be recorded on your answer sheet.
Rules and guidelines for the test:
- If you take the test by computer, a virtual onscreen calculator is provided.
- If you take the paper version, then a hand-held calculator is provided.
- You are also allowed to use your own calculator as long as it is not part of a cellphone, personal digital assistant, or other electronic devices that may have internet access or the ability to record or transmit testing material.
- Arrive early – latecomers are not allowed into the room.
The PSEE is a supervised test consisting of two separately timed sub-tests.
The reasoning is designed to assess a candidate’s reasoning and problem-solving ability. The section consists of 30 multiple-choice questions. The time allocated for taking the sub-test is 1 hour and 30 minutes.
The following are the main areas tested:
- Arithmetic reasoning
- Logical reasoning
- Analytical reasoning
- Number or letter series
Here, you will need to identify an unknown value based on the information provided.
Candidates will use logical reasoning in all the questions. Here, a candidate may be asked to choose the statement among several that can be validly concluded, or, choose the statement that completes the logical sequence provided.
A candidate may be asked to make a selection of the most appropriate response to the question. In order to find the correct response in all the cases, the candidate will have to make inferences correctly.
Some questions require one to use their knowledge of the actual relations between in order to get the appropriate response, while in some, questions a candidate will be required to reverse the real relations between nouns or ignore their knowledge of the real relations in order to identify the appropriate response.
Letter or Number series
Here, candidates are required to determine the number or letter that must be inserted into the sequence to complete the series. You first have to establish the rule that was used to create the series and then apply this rule to complete the series correctly. Note that a double letter (e.g., AA) indicates that a letter series continues from the beginning of the alphabet after reaching Z (as in the following: XY,Z,AA,BB,CC….)
Judgment is designed to assess the judgment required for solving problems in work-related situations and consists of 40 multiple-choice questions. Time allocated is 1 hour.
Therefore, the total test time is approximately 3 hours (Including 30 minutes of administration time). No breaks are allowed after the test starts.
Situational Judgement Tests generally cover the following areas in the given scenarios:
- Being a Team Player
- Building Relationships
- Organization and Planning
- Focus on Customer
- Analytical and Creative Thinking