Taking the Canadian Border Services Entrance Test? (OTEE)

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Considering a Career with the Canadian Border Services?

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Can you relocate?
  • Can you work shifts?  Weekends and stat holidays?
  • Are you comfortable with firearms and other defensive equipment?
  • Are you comfortable working with people from different cultures, backgrounds and lifestyles?
  • CBSA agents work in airports, land and marine borders. Often the work environment is very busy, in bad weather and in a confined space.


Canadian Border

Border Services Test – Officer Trainee Entrance Exam (OTEE)

The Canadian Border Services Agency uses the Officer Trainee Entrance Exam (OTEE).  The OTEE includes three sections:

  • Reasoning
  • Writing
  • Analytical thinking

in addition to the written test, you must pass an interview, which will assess,

  • How you deal with difficult situations
  • Communication skills
  • Decisiveness
  • Professional judgement
  • Values, integrity and ethics

The CBSA has an enforcement role, and much of the work of border services officers is very sensitive, so there are quite a few additional requirements.

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Other Qualifications

Firearms Training

You must complete the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) as well as the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC)

Physical Fitness evaluation

You are required to complete the Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation (PARE).This includes:

  • Push-pull and weight carry
  • Obstacle course

Test results are given immediately and are valid for 18 months

Psychological Assessment

This is conducted by a psychologist – there is a written test and an interview.

Medical Assessment

This is conducted by a physician and requires that you vision and hearing are adequate to perform the job. You will then take a ‘use of force’ test.’

Security Clearance

You must undergo a complete security check

Pay Scale

Border Services Officer   Average $72,000

Senior Program Officer  Average CA$85,000

Student Border Services Officer – (Hourly Contractor)  $19/hr

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Getting Started
How this study guide is organized 7
Study Plan 8
Making a Study Schedule 10

Writing (WCPT)
Writing Self-Assessment 16
Answer Key 32
Help with Reading Comprehension 37
Main Idea and Supporting Details 40
Drawing Inferences And Conclusions 44
Common English Usage Mistakes 48
Subject Verb Agreement 55
Punctuation 61
Hyphens 63
Apostrophes 64
Commas 65
Quotation Marks 67

Memory Self-Assessment 71
Memorization and Memory Tricks 75
Using Mnemonics 76
Memory Questions 82
Answer Key 84

Word Knowledge
Self Assessment 87
Answer Key 93
Help with Building your Vocabulary 95

Reasoning & Analytical Thinking
Self-Assessment 100
Answer Key 112
Analogies Tutorial 115
Sequences Tutorial 117
Types of Number Sequence Problems 118
Strategy for Sequence Questions 121
Analytical Reasoning (Graphic Sequences) 122

Practice Test Questions Set 1
Answer Key 176
After you take a practice test 190

Practice Test Questions Set 2
Answer Key 242


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