About the test
The Unsupervised test of written expression for level B or C assesses the candidate's knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and other aspects of written expression needed to perform work-related writing tasks required for the B or C level.
The Unsupervised test of written expression is an unsupervised internet test. Candidates do not need to be tested in a federal government office, but they must have access to a computer and an Internet connection.
The 60-minute test (1 hour) has 40 questions:
- 30 questions count towards the final score;
- 10 questions are experimental questions and do not count towards the final score.
Levels assessed and pass marks
- Only the B or C level is assessed.
- The required level is determined by the organization that requests the test.
- Hiring managers choose the pass mark that corresponds to the linguistic proficiency level required for the position:
- Level B: 17/30 (56%)
- Level C: 24/30 (80%)
The requirements for the assessed level (B or C) are defined in accordance with the Treasury Board Secretariat's Qualification Standards in Relation to Official Languages.
Level B Level C Ability to write short descriptive or factual texts. Ability to write explanations or descriptions in a variety of informal and formal work-related situations. A person writing at this level can:
write with sufficient mastery of grammar and vocabulary to deal with explicit information on work-related topics.
A person writing at this level can:
write texts in which the ideas are developed and presented in a coherent manner and in which vocabulary, grammar and spelling are generally appropriate and require few corrections.
17 to 30: Meets the requirements of the assessed level
24 to 30: Meets the requirements of the assessed level
Note: A person who achieves a score between 0 and 16 does not meet the requirements for level B. Note: A person who achieves a score between 0 and 23 does not meet the requirements for level C.
Result and validity period
- The person who ordered the test is responsible for providing you with your result.
- Your test result will indicate whether you meet or do not meet the requirements of the assessed level.
- Your test result is valid for 1 year and only to staff the position for which the assessment was conducted. Therefore, it is not transferable from one position to another. When the validity period expires, the result is valid for an indefinite period, but solely for the position held by the person, as long as the linguistic profile of the position is not raised to a higher level than what the employee was granted.
- Please note that hiring managers may reassess you at any time prior to or after making an appointment should there be concerns about your proficiency level and/or to respect departmental policies on updating expired test results.
Experimental questions are a standard practice for many internationally recognized testing organizations. There are 10 experimental questions distributed throughout the Unsupervised test of written expression for level B or C. These questions:
- do not count towards the final score;
- are consistent with the other questions in terms of quality, difficulty and format;
- are not identified;
- enable the continuous development of valid and reliable questions and may be used in future versions of the test.
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