Scheduling a test of reading comprehension

Second Language Evaluation – Reading

If you are not a federal public servant:

  • second language tests are only by invitation from federal organizations, following your application to a bilingual position
  • the test can only be scheduled for you by the human resources (HR) office of a federal organization

Note: You cannot book your own test or be tested in anticipation of future employment, or for any other reason. Testing sessions are offered only for a selection process for a bilingual position.

If you are a federal public servant who:

  • participates in a selection process for a bilingual position, the hiring organization will make the arrangements to have you tested, if necessary
  • wants or needs to be tested for other reasons than a selection process, direct your request to your manager and HR division, who will make the necessary arrangements. HR must be involved in order for you to be tested for second language, as public servants, including members of the Canadian Armed Forces, cannot book their own test directly with the Public Service Commission (PSC)

Note: There is no mechanism whereby candidates, including public servants, can pay to be tested.

Accommodation

If you have a disability or a condition that could affect your performance on the test, please notify the person that scheduled your test as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Rescheduling or cancelling

  • only the organization that scheduled the test appointment for you can cancel it or make changes to the date and time of the appointment  
  • if you are unable to attend the testing session, you must notify the organization that set up the appointment in order for them to determine if other arrangements can be made

Waiting period

There is a 30 day waiting period before you can re-take the test. You cannot request to re-take the test solely because the waiting period is over. The PSC can only have you re-tested if you have been scheduled by an HR officer from a federal organization.

The purpose of the waiting period is to ensure that you are not re-tested before the 30 days have elapsed. However, if you re-take the test before the re-test period has elapsed, your result will not be valid and a new re-test period will be imposed from the most recent test date.

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