Post-Secondary Recruitment – Exams and assessment accommodation

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  1. Public Service Entrance Exam Unsupervised Internet Test
  2. Public Service Entrance Exam Supervised Test
  3. Results
  4. Assessment Accommodation

    The Public Service Entrance Exam (PSEE) is used to test applicants, and will be used for a number of Post-Secondary Recruitment (PSR) job opportunities. The PSEE includes two testing methods:

    • Unsupervised Internet Test
    • Supervised Test

    Applicants who are screened in, based on the minimum requirements of each job opportunity, will receive an electronic invitation to participate in testing. Applicants will only write the PSEE once during the PSR campaign, regardless of the number of applications submitted for various job opportunities.

    Public Service Entrance Exam Unsupervised Internet Test

    This online test is called the Unsupervised Internet Test ( PSEE UIT) 370 – and includes two sub-tests:

    •  Test of Reasoning (Sub-test 1) – This sub-test is the first step of the assessment;
    •  Test of Judgment (Sub-test 2) – You will be required to take this sub-test only if additional information is needed to complete your assessment.
    • Writing the Public Service Entrance Exam (PSEE UIT 370)
      • You will write this test in an unsupervised environment wherever you have access to a computer and an Internet connection.
      • Previous PSEE UIT 370 results (e.g. from a previous campaign) are not transferrable.
      • Your results are used for all PSR job opportunities you applied for that require the Public Service Entrance Exam.
    • Unable to access the second test?

      The Test of Judgment (Sub-test 2) becomes accessible (a hyperlink appears in your GC Jobs account) only after you have completed the Test of Reasoning (Sub-test 1), and only if additional information is needed to complete your assessment.

    • Pass marks

      The minimum pass marks are guidelines for federal organizations. The pass marks can be increased at the discretion of the hiring organization, depending on their recruitment needs and the skills being assessed.

      Find out more about the unsupervised PSEE

    Public Service Entrance Exam Supervised Test

    Applicants who pass the online Unsupervised Internet Test (PSEE UIT 370) will be invited to register for in-person testing.

    This in-person test is called the Supervised Test (PSEE 371) and includes two sub-tests that are timed separately:

    1. Test of Reasoning (sub-test 1)
    2. Test of Judgement (sub-test 2)

    It takes approximately three hours to complete both sub-tests, including 30 minutes of administration time. No breaks are scheduled.

    Test locations and timelines

    Applicants who pass the Unsupervised Internet Test (PSEE UIT 370) will receive an invitation to write the PSEE Supervised Test 371. The testing locations and dates will be specified in the invitation.

    Testing takes place in several pre-established locations across Canada and abroad, from approximately November 2017 to January 2018.

    If you are a Canadian citizen living abroad, you can be tested in one of the overseas locations.

    Additional locations cannot be requested by candidates. Candidates are responsible for their own travel expenses incurred to get to the established test locations.

    Test locations in Canada

    • In Nunavut: Iqaluit
    • In the Northwest Territories: Yellowknife
    • In Yukon: Whitehorse
    • In the Maritimes: Charlottetown, Halifax, St. John’s, Moncton and Fredericton
    • In Quebec: Montreal, Rouyn Noranda, Quebec City, Rimouski and Gatineau
    • In Ontario: Kingston, Toronto, Thunder Bay, Sudbury and London
    • In Manitoba: Winnipeg
    • In Saskatchewan: Regina and Saskatoon
    • In Alberta: Calgary and Edmonton
    • In British Columbia: Vancouver, Kelowna, Prince George, Abbotsford, Nanaimo and Victoria


    Test locations outside Canada

    • In Asia: Beijing, China
    • In Africa: Pretoria, South Africa
    • In Europe: London, England and Paris, France
    • In South America: Santiago, Chile
    • North America: Washington, USA

    Exams can take place in various types of rooms, depending on the location. We encourage you to contact us in advance at cfp.rpadaptation-psraccommodation.psc@cfp-psc.gc.ca in order to obtain additional information regarding the physical environment of the exam room, and to know whether accommodation measures may be needed.

    • Pass marks

      The minimum pass marks are guidelines for federal organizations. The pass marks can be increased at the discretion of the hiring organization, depending on their recruitment needs and the skills being assessed.

      Find out more about the supervised PSEE

    • Alternate test dates

      In exceptional circumstances, you may be able to obtain an alternate test date to complete the Public Service Entrance Exam. A request for an alternate test date will only be considered for one of the following reasons:

      • medical
      • death in the family
      • religious
      • family obligations
      • conflicting exams (Law School Test)

      Work-related reasons are not accepted.

      If you have a schedule conflict, send us an email immediately upon receiving your test invitation. In your email:

      • Explain why you are requesting an alternate test date;
      • Provide appropriate supporting proof (travel itinerary for travel booked prior to receipt of the invitation).

    Results

    Unsupervised Internet Test (PSEE UIT 370)

    You will be invited to attend the in-person Supervised Test (PSEE UIT 371) only if you passed the Unsupervised Internet Test (PSEE UIT 370). You will not be informed of your exact results for the (PSEE UIT 370).

    Supervised Test (PSEE 371)

    It may take up to six weeks from your test date for your results to be posted to your online GC Jobs applicant account. Check your account regularly for your Supervised Test (PSEE 371) results.

    If you do not receive your test results within the six weeks following the supervised test, you can send an email to:
    cfp.rp-psr.psc@cfp-psc.gc.ca.

    Assessment Accommodation

    Assessment accommodation helps remove potential obstacles related to testing. It does not change the nature or level of the qualification evaluated.

    As an applicant, you can request accommodation if you think your disability-related functional limitations will not allow you to fully demonstrate your abilities.

    When requesting accommodation, you must provide complete and current information on your needs and limitations. We may also ask you for professional documentation that will be used to determine appropriate accommodation measures. This documentation will not be used as "proof" of your disability.

    • When should I request an assessment accommodation for the exams for PSR?

      If you believe that you will need accommodation during the Public Service Entrance Exam (PSEE), you must inform us when you receive the invitation to write the Unsupervised Internet Test. The invitation will tell you how to initiate your accommodation request.

      Your request will be treated by the Assessment Accommodation unit of the Personnel Psychology Center. Someone will get in touch with you shortly after the reception of your request to collect information about your needs.

      You may be required to provide supporting documents from a healthcare professional. However, we recommend that you wait before contacting a healthcare professional, since it is possible that no further documents will be needed.

      Once all the relevant information has been collected, an accommodation specialist will establish the accommodation measures you will be offered. You will receive a list of those measures before your exam.

      What is a functional limitation?

      Functional limitations result from disabilities and are restrictions in an individual’s functioning that hinder the ability to perform tasks or activities.

      The following are examples of functional limitations, which include temporary, chronic and permanent limitations; the lists are not exhaustive.

      Visual limitations include having:
      • difficulty accessing printed test material, even with magnification;
      • partial or low vision;
      • sensitivity to or limited vision of colour, light or brightness.
      Hearing limitations include having:
      • severe or profound hearing loss;
      • partial hearing loss;
      • sensitivities to surrounding sound;
      • inner ear sound related condition, including tinnitus.

      Mobility or agility related limitations include ones related to:
      • mobility, coordination, dexterity, pain, limited physical tolerance and fatigue;
      • speech, sensory functions (other than vision or hearing), cognition, memory, or other areas

      Learning ability limitations, include ones related to:
      • the acquisition, organization, retention, processing, understanding or use of verbal or nonverbal information.

      Attention limitations are related to:
      • distractibility, inattention, focus disorganization and can be accompanied by restlessness and impulsivity.

      Limitations related to mental health or side effects of medication can affect:
      • mental alertness: mood, speed of information processing and reaction time.
      • concentration and organization: from the presence of others, ambient noise, visual stimuli, intrusive thoughts, low energy levels may all interfere with a person's ability to maintain concentration and organize ideas.
      • emotions: excessive stress and anxiety, including anxiety about assessment performance, about the interpersonal nature of the evaluation (for example, group assessment), can also affect a person's performance in an assessment.

      Chronic or recurrent limitations can be caused by medical conditions, their treatment, and include a wide range of symptoms. They can be associated to long-term diseases such as:

      • Cancer;
      • Crohn's disease;
      • Chronic pain;
      • Diabetes;
      • Epilepsy;
      • Fibromyalgia;
      • Lupus;
      • Multiple sclerosis;
      • Rheumatoid arthritis.

      Temporary medical conditions can also require accommodation, such as:

      • pregnancy;
      • childbirth related conditions;
      • injury;
      • treatment or medication for an injury or a temporary illness.

      It is to be noted that temporary illnesses of short duration are not included in this section since assessment is usually postponed until the person is able to return to work.

      Environmental sensitivities can include adverse reactions to:
      • foods, chemicals or environmental agents;
      • specific allergens, such as cleaning agents, dust, perfumes or building construction materials.

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