General Administration Test – (GAT-380)

As of January 2, 2023, this test will no longer be available.

Appointment processes requiring an assessment of reasoning skills to solve problems required for officer level positions can make use of the General Competency Test: Level 2 (GCT2-314).

Read more about the General Competency Test: Level 2 (GCT2-314).

Note: Results from this test (GAT-380) are not transferable to new processes using the GCT2-314.


The purpose of the General Administration Test is to assess an individual's ability to perform basic administrative tasks, such as planning, decision-making, problem-solving, evaluating information, and recognizing effective written communication. It assesses competencies required for administrative positions at the officer level.

It can be used to assist managers in making selection decisions for appointment or for placement into training programs, identifying training and development needs, and counseling for career transitions.


The General Administration Test contains 65 multiple-choice questions.

The test takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes to write, including time for administration purposes. The minimum pass mark is 35/65. Managers can use a higher cut-off score depending on the level of ability required for the position.

The test is scored within 48 hours by the Personnel Psychology Centre;  the human resources advisor responsible for the process will send you the results.

Retest period

There is a 90-day waiting period before you can rewrite the test. You may not retake it until the retest period has elapsed. If you rewrite the test before the retest period has elapsed, your result will not be valid and a new retest period will be imposed from the most recent test date.

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