Index of Public Service Commission assessment tools

General Information

  • Test order form and test administration manuals are available on-line;
  • No test can be rewritten within the same appointment process;
  • Candidates can rewrite a test only after the retest period has elapsed. The most recent score then becomes the only valid result;
  • Scores are valid for an indefinite period of time and managers usually accept previous test results. However, managers have the prerogative to request candidates to rewrite if the retest period, where applicable, has elapsed. Exception: GIT 310, GIT 320 - manager must accept previous results;
  • The Minimum Pass Mark is the lowest pass mark that may be used for a test. Managers should set a higher pass mark according to their needs. Consult Setting Cut-off scores: A Matter of Judgement for advice and assistance regarding the setting of the pass mark, call 819-420-8671. Note that for the GIT 310 and GIT 320, the pass mark is set and cannot be altered;
  • External candidates can be assessed on the tests referred to below only within the context of an appointment process in the Federal Government of Canada;
  • The Personnel Psychology Centre (PPC) determines test accommodation for all PSC tools for candidates with disabilities. For a request for assessment accommodation, use the Assessment Accommodation. For additional general information about accommodation, please contact us by email or by telephone at 819-420-8690.
  • There should be a good fit between an organization's Statement of Merit Criteria and the qualification(s) measured by the tool(s) selected.

Note: The following index includes general guidelines regarding the use of PSC tests. Any exceptions must be approved by the PPC Consultation Services at 819-420-8671.

Abilities Tests

Abilities Tests/Qualification(s) Assessed Test # Minimum
Pass
Mark
Retest Period Occupational Group
Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test (GSPAT)

Ability to identify and correct grammar, spelling and punctuation errors in existing English text at the level equivalent to completion of two years of secondary school
120 45 30 days Administrative Support
Examen d'orthographe, de grammaire et de ponctuation (EOGEP)

Ability to identify and correct grammar, spelling and punctuation errors in existing French text at the level equivalent to completion of two years of secondary school
220 45 30 days Administrative Support
Office Skills Test (OST)

Ability to perform essential clerical tasks quickly and accurately
200 35 180 days Administrative Support
Not CR-5
Office Skills Test: Filing (OST - Filing)

Ability to accurately and quickly arrange items in alphabetical, numerical, and chronological order
201 9 30 days Administrative Support
Office Skills Test: Checking (OST - Checking)

Ability to perceive similarities and differences between sets of information quickly and accurately
203 9 30 days Administrative Support
Office Skills Test: Following Directions (OST - Following Directions)

Ability to understand and follow written directions
206 7 30 days Administrative Support
General Administration Test (GAT)

Ability to perform basic administrative tasks
380 35 90 days Officer
Written Communication Proficiency Test (WCPT)

Ability to communicate in writing in English
351   180 days Officer and Manager
Examen de compétence en communication écrite (ECCE)

Ability to communicate in writing in French
353   180 days Officer and Manager
Public Service Entrance Exam (PSEE) – Test of Judgement

Ability to use judgement to solve problems in work related situations
375 3400/4000 (35th percentile or better) 180 days Officer

Cognitive Ability Tests

Cognitive Ability Tests/
Qualification (s) Assessed
Test # Min.
Pass
Mark
Retest Period Occupational Group
General Intelligence Test (GIT) Grade 12

Ability to use reasoning skills to solve problems at the level normally required to complete secondary school

(The pass mark is set and cannot be altered.)
320 80 180 days Administrative Support, Officer and Manager
General Intelligence Test (GIT) University

Ability to use reasoning skills to solve problems at a level typically associated with the completion of university (undergraduate)

(The pass mark is set and cannot be altered.)
310 68 180 days Officer and Manager
General Competency Test: Level 1 (GCT1)

Ability to use reasoning skills to solve problems at the level required for administrative support positions
207 18 180 days Administrative Support
General Competency Test: Level 2 (GCT2)

Ability to use reasoning skills to solve problems at the level required for officer level positions
314 51 180 days Officer
Public Service Entrance Exam (PSEE) – Test of Reasoning

Ability to use reasoning skills to solve problems at the level required for officer level positions
373 13/30 (10th percentile or better) 180 days Officer

Work Sample Instruments

Work Sample Instruments/
Merit Criteria Statement
Test # Min
Pass
Mark
Retest Period Occupational Group
Managerial In-Basket Exercise (Senior level)

Ability to manage (consult information on the PPC Web site)
810 10 180 days Manager
Middle Manager In-Basket Exercise

Ability to manage (consult information on the PPC Web site)
820 12 180 days Manager
Middle Management Situational Exercise (MMSE)

Ability to manage (consult information on the PPC Web site)
840   180 days Manager
Simulations
(Human Resources (HR) Advisors, Supervisors, Team Leaders, Middle ManagersProgram Advisors, Senior Managers)

Key Leadership Competencies and various others such as Behavioural Flexibility, Initiative, Team Coordination, Interpersonal Relations and Client Service. Consult information on the PPC Web site.

Assessor training on use of the simulation is provided.

The use of these assessment instruments must be approved by the PPC's Consultation Services at 819-420-8671
410
428
445
757
758
861
  See note 1 Officer and Manager
Note 1 - Results on simulations are process-specific and therefore, as a rule, cannot be applied to other appointment processes.

Assessment Centres

Assessment Centres/
Qualification (s) Assessed
Test Retest Period Occupational Group
Simulations for the Selection of Executives

Assesses aspects of the Key Leadership Competencies for entry to the EX cadre. For selection only
SELEX 180 days Executive
Simulations for the Identification of Leadership

Assesses developmental needs as defined by Key Leadership Competencies required at the Director level. Selection to a training program only or development
SIL 180 days Manager
Identification of Middle Management Potential

Assesses competencies at the middle manager level. Selection to a training program only or development
IMMP 180 days Officer
Simulation Exercise for Senior Executives Level 3

Part of assessment process for EX-3 level positions. For selection only

The use of these assessment instruments must be approved by the PPC's Consultation Services at 819-420-8671
AC for
EX-3
180 days Manager

Other Assessments

Other Tool Retest
Period
Occupational Group
360° Feedback

Compares self-assessment of own Key Leadership competencies with assessment by other significant persons typically superior, peers, staff. Costs vary depending on number of participants. For career development only.
360 N/A Manager
Candidate Achievement Record

Assesses key leadership competencies through self-reported examples of past work-related achievements. Tool can be customized. For selection or development
CAR N/A Manager and Executive
Internal Audit Tests

Structured Interview and Reference check designed for the Internal Audit Community.
  N/A AS-05
AS-06
AS-07
Written Communication Test

Ability to write in a clear, logical and concise manner in English
345 180 days Officer and Manager
Examen de communication écrite (ECE)

Ability to write in a clear, logical and concise manner in French
355 180 days Officer and Manager
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