General Competency Test: Level 1 (GCT1-207) 

As of June 30, 2023, this test can only be used as an alternative to having a secondary school diploma. The pass mark is 28 out of 50.

If you already have a score of 28 (or above) on this test, you don’t need to re-take it to meet the alternative to a secondary school education requirement in your job application.

If you took the GIT-320 as an alternative to a secondary school diploma and passed, you don't need to take the GCT1-207 for this purpose. You can use your score on the GIT-320 as an alternative to a secondary school diploma.


This test assesses the ability to use reasoning skills to solve problems at the level required for administrative support positions and certain operational positions.

It can be used to help managers in making selection decisions for appointment and for placement in training programs, identifying training and development needs, and counselling for career transitions.

This test can also be administered through the PSC's Online Testing Facility platform.


The General Competency Test: Level 1 (GCT1-207) consists of 50 multiple-choice questions. There are three types of questions:

  • Understanding Written Material,
  • Solving Numerical Problems, and
  • Drawing Logical Conclusions.

The GCT1-207 takes about one hour and 45 minutes to write, including time for administrative purposes.

When the test is used for screening purposes, the minimum pass mark is 28/50. 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 180-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. If you rewrite the test after the retest period has elapsed, your new score becomes the score that is retained in the Public Service Commission’s result system.

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Sample test questions

GCT1-207 practice test

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