Public Service Entrance Exam - Unsupervised Internet Test 370
The purpose of the Public Service Entrance Exam – Unsupervised Internet Test 370 is to assess an individual's reasoning skills and judgement for officer-level positions in the federal public service. Hiring managers may use it as the first step in a two-step assessment process. Only the candidates who pass the unsupervised test are invited to complete the corresponding Public Service Commission supervised test in step 2, that is, the Public Service Entrance Exam 371.
This unsupervised internet test is administered online, without supervision. It is accessible anywhere the test-taker has access to a computer and an Internet connection. Consult the Understanding the Public Service Entrance Exam Suite of Products Web page to learn more about the suite of related products.
The test consists of 2 separately timed sub-tests that can be completed at different times and locations.
Sub-Test 1: Test of Reasoning is designed to assess reasoning and problem-solving ability and consists of 26 multiple choice questions. Of the 26 questions, 25 count towards the final score. One question is a pilot question that does not count. There are four types of questions:
- Arithmetic reasoning;
- Logical reasoning;
- Analytical reasoning; and
- Number or letter series.
The time limit is 90 minutes to complete this sub-test.
Sub-Test 2: Test of Judgement is designed to assess the judgement required for solving problems in work-related situations and consists of 52 multiple choice questions. It does not contain any pilot questions. All questions count towards the final score.
The time limit is 75 minutes to complete this sub-test.
All applicants must take sub-test 1. Sub-test 2 is required only if additional information is needed to complete the assessment. When applicants are required to take both sub-tests, they are not required to take sub-test 2 immediately after having completed sub-test 1. However, it is advisable to complete both sub-tests well in advance of the deadline to allow sufficient time to deal with any technical difficulties, should they arise.
Sub-test 1: Applicants must place in the top 90% (10th percentile or better) of a large group of previous test-takers (normative sample).
Sub-test 2: Applicants must place in the top 80% (20th percentile or better) of the normative sample.
At the hiring manager's discretion, the pass mark may be set as high as the 50th percentile for both sub-tests. In other words, to pass a sub-test, an applicant would have to place in the top 50% of the normative sample.
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