Unsupervised Internet Testing

What is an Unsupervised Internet Test?

What is an Unsupervised Internet Test?

An Unsupervised Internet Test (UIT) is a test that is administered in an unsupervised environment, accessible at any location where the test taker has access to a computer and an Internet connection.

Why is Unsupervised Internet Testing being used?

Each year, the federal public service receives over one million job applications. Some job advertisements receive thousands of applications. The UIT is a new, additional screening tool being used to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the staffing process.

Although receiving many applications for a job can be helpful, processing too many applications is costly and time-consuming. When used in combination with other screening criteria (e.g. education and experience), a UIT can help reduce the volume of applications to a reasonable amount and yield a sufficient number of promising applicants.

To ensure that applicants have completed the UIT based on their own abilities, the UIT results of screened-in candidates will be verified by using another assessment instrument in a supervised setting. For example, when the UIT of Cognitive Ability – Level 1 is used in the screening process, the General Competency Test: Level 1 will be administered later to those who passed the UIT and met the other screening criteria.

Given that an Unsupervised Internet Test is taken without supervision, doesn't that encourage cheating and make the test result questionable?

Research on unsupervised tests has shown that test takers are unlikely to cheat when they are told that, should they get screened in, their UIT will be followed up with a mandatory supervised test that measures the same qualification as the UIT. Poor performance on the mandatory supervised test will end the applicant's participation in the selection process.

Information for job applicants on Unsupervised Internet Testing

Necessary computer skills

Minimal computer skills are needed to complete a UIT. You simply need to navigate through the text, select buttons on your computer screen (e.g. "Next," "Yes" or "No") and select your answers to the UIT questions.

Requirements

Job seekers can complete a UIT only once when applying for a given job opportunity. Job seekers must complete the UIT questions based on their own abilities, without help from others.

Unique test versions

Each applicant is presented with a different set of questions for the same UIT. All versions of the same UIT are of equal difficulty.

Unsupervised Internet Test of Cognitive Ability – Level 1

Description

What does the Unsupervised Internet Test of Cognitive Ability – Level 1 measure?

The Unsupervised Internet Test (UIT) of Cognitive Ability – Level 1 measures a person’s general problem-solving and reasoning ability.

What can I expect when I take this test?

  • Number and type of questions: The test is comprised of 20 multiple choice questions.
  • Time limit: You have 60 minutes to complete the UIT, although most people finish it in approximately 30 minutes. If you take extended breaks during the test and keep your browser open, you may not have sufficient time to complete the test. At the end of the 60 minutes, all the questions that you answered up to that point will be scored; this will be the UIT result used in your job application.
  • If technical difficulties arise during the test (e.g. your computer crashes or you accidentally close your browser window),you will be able to continue the test by logging back into the system and continuing where you left off. In the event of extreme technical difficulties (e.g. extended power outage), you can use the e-mail address provided to submit a request to take the test again. You will only be permitted to re-take the test once, and you will be given an entirely new set of questions to complete. A request for a re-test can only be addressed from Monday to Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. There can be a delay in the time required to provide a re-test during periods of high call volumes.
  • Pass mark: Each hiring manager sets the pass mark for their process. As a result, pass marks on the UIT of Cognitive Ability – Level 1 can vary across selection processes.

Test result

How will the results of my Unsupervised Internet Test of Cognitive Ability – Level 1 be used?

The results of your UIT will be used along with the other screening criteria established by the manager who is filling the position(s).

If you fail the UIT of Cognitive Ability – Level 1 or any of the other screening criteria used by the manager(e.g. education), you will be screened out and not considered further for the position.

If you pass the UIT of Cognitive Ability – Level 1 and the other screening criteria used by the manager(e.g. education), you will be further considered for the position and required to write the General Competency Test: Level 1 (GCT1) in a supervised location. For a description of the GCT1, please visit www.psc-cfp.gc.ca/ppc-cpp/psc-tests-cfp/gct1-ecg1-eng.htm.

How can I obtain the results of my Unsupervised Internet Test?

Once the advertisement is closed, log into your "My Jobs file" and you will be advised whether your application met the unsupervised internet test requirement.

Can the results of my Unsupervised Internet Test of Cognitive Ability – Level 1 be re-used when I apply for other jobs?

No. The results of your UIT of Cognitive Ability – Level 1 can only be used within the selection process for which you took that UIT. If you apply for another job that includes the UIT in its screening process, you are required to take another version of the UIT of Cognitive Ability – Level 1.

I have a disability or require assessment accommodations. Can I ask for them?

As part of the on-line process, applicants will be asked whether they require accommodations for the UIT. Applicants do not have to officially self-identify as a member of one of the Employment Equity groups to request assessment accommodations. If an applicant indicates that they require accommodations, the applicant will be exempt from taking the UIT. If the applicant is subsequently screened in based on the other criteria and without having completed the UIT, the applicant will be required to provide information on their condition or disability or their circumstance (e.g. cultural or religious reasons) to enable appropriate assessment with the supervised test.

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Doing your best on the Unsupervised Internet Test of Cognitive Ability – Level 1

  • Set aside sufficient timeto complete the UIT.
  • Arrange to do the UIT in a location that you believe will be conducive to doing your best.
  • Answer all questions . Read the whole question. Eliminate answers that you know are wrong. By reducing the number of choices, you increase your chance of selecting correct answers. Guess if you are not sure of the correct answer. There is no penalty for wrong answers.
  • Before you take the UIT, try the following practice questions.Answers are provided for each question, along with the rationale for the correct answer.

Examples of the three types of questions on the Test of Cognitive Ability – Level 1

Similarities questions

In each similarities question, five pairs of words are presented. Your task is to select the pair that refers most clearly to the same general concept.

Try to find the pair in the following example:

Question 1

  1. DRIVER - AUTOMOBILE
  2. CARROT - ONION
  3. AUTOMOBILE - CARROT
  4. ONION - CLOUD
  5. CLOUD - DRIVER

Among these five pairs, the second, CARROT - ONION, refers most directly to the same concept: that of vegetables (or garden products). Therefore, you would select the second button, as illustrated below.

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

In similarities questions, each of the other four pairs of words may also refer to a common concept:

  • DRIVER and AUTOMOBILE both refer to driving.
    • Please note that, while DRIVER and AUTOMOBILE "go together" in the sense that automobiles have drivers, the two words do not represent a general concept or belong in the same category. Therefore, it is not a good answer choice.
  • AUTOMOBILE and CARROT are consumer goods.
  • ONION and CLOUD both contain water.
  • CLOUD and DRIVER are things that move.

In each case, however, the association is less clear and the similarity weaker than for CARROT -ONION.

Question 2

  1. SPEED - LENGTH
  2. SPEED - STRENGTH
  3. LENGTH - WIDTH
  4. STRENGTH - COLOUR
  5. STRENGTH - WIDTH

Although all the pairs are made up of words expressing various concepts of quality, only the third pair, LENGTH - WIDTH, is made up of words expressing exactly the same concept: dimension. Therefore, you would select the third button, as illustrated below.

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Numerical questions

In this type of question, you must choose the correct answer to a practical numerical problem. Use of rough paper is permitted.

Question 3

You are a pay clerk and must calculate overtime pay for employees in your division. Due to a heavy workload, an employee had to do 35 hours of overtime in two weeks. Seven of these hours are at "double time" (i.e. twice the usual pay). the rest are at "time-and-a-half" (i.e. one and a half times the usual pay). The employee's usual pay is $375 per week, at $10 per hour.

How much overtime money should the employee be paid for the two-week period?

  1. $340
  2. $420
  3. $560
  4. $760

To calculate the overtime paid, you would add the 7 hours of work at a rate of $20 per hour (double time) to the 28 hours of work at a rate of $15 per hour (time-and-a-half). Therefore, the overtime to be paid for the week would be $140 plus $420, which equals $560. You would select option 3, which corresponds to $560.

  • $340
  • $420
  • $560
  • $760

Question 4

If a clerk can file 100 letters in half an hour, how many letters can the person file in 2 hours?

  1. 100
  2. 200
  3. 500
  4. 300
  5. 400

Since two hours is 4 times longer than half an hour, the clerk should be able to file 4 times as many letters in that length of time. The correct answer is therefore 400 (i.e. 4 × 100), so you would select the fifth option, as illustrated below.

  • 100
  • 200
  • 500
  • 300
  • 400

Number series questions

In a number series task, you are to determine the number that would come next in the series. You first have to establish the rule that has been used to make up the series, and then apply this rule to complete the series correctly.

Question 5

3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18,

  1. 19
  2. 20
  3. 21
  4. 22
  5. 23

In this example, each number of the series is the preceding number plus three. The number that completes the series correctly is obtained by adding 3 to 18. Since 21 is the correct answer, you would select option 3.

  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23

Note: If you accessed this Web site from an advertisement for a job in the federal public service, you will need to return to the advertisement to apply for the job and take the UIT.

Unsupervised Internet Test of Second Language Writing Skills

The Second Language Writing Skills test is a self-assessment tool that evaluates the test takers' ability to express themselves, in writing, in their second official language. It is self-assessment because the results will only be seen by the test taker. The results are designed to help job applicants decide whether or not it makes sense for them to apply for bilingual imperative positions.

This test is being offered to applicants who submit their application to certain bilingual job opportunities that are advertised using the Public Service Resourcing System (PSRS).

Which job opportunities will use this Unsupervised Internet Test?

  • Applicants are given the opportunity, on a voluntary basis, to take this test if they are working on an application to a bilingual position within PSRS.
  • No distinction between the various levels of bilingual job opportunities (i.e. A, B or C) are taken into consideration. The UIT is available to applicants whenever the word “bilingual” is used to describe one or more of the available positions.

How does taking this test affect the applicants?

  • Test results do not affect the applicant's status in any job selection process for which they apply.
  • Results are solely for applicant use and for anonymous research purposes.
  • Results do not affect previous or future achieved levels on the statutory Second Language Evaluation (SLE) Test of Written Expression in the applicant's second official language.
  • Applicants will still be required to take the statutory SLE test in their second official language if they apply to and are screened into bilingual imperative job opportunities.

Taking the test

  • This test is designed to be completed within 15 to 30 minutes. For the test takers' convenience, a time limit of 60 minutes has been allotted to complete the test.
  • A test taker can remain idle for 60 minutes before the system will log them out of the test. Once logged out, the test taker will not be able to complete the test, nor will they be given the opportunity to take the test again. Rather, they will need to send an e-mail to the Help Desk in order to re-set their test.
  • If the test is interrupted prematurely due to a disruption of service for any reason, the test taker will be given an opportunity to re-take the test. This can be accomplished if they send a request to the Help Desk during their hours of operation.

Results

  • The results are provided to the test taker automatically following the completion of the test.
  • Test takers will receive feedback about whether they scored low, medium or high on the test. Those who receive a low score will be told that, if they maintain their current level of performance, then it is unlikely that they will pass the SLE Test of Written Expression in the Second Official Language at the intermediate (B) or advanced (C) level.
  • Your results will not be shared with the HR Advisor and/or Hiring Manager.
  • There is no indication to the test taker as to what rating level they received, such as A, B, C or E.

What if the applicant fails the test?

  • There is no consequence. The results do not impact an application process. It is up to the candidate, based on the results of the test, to decide whether or not they wish to continue with their application for the position or withdraw from the process.
  • Applicants who have applied to and been screened in for bilingual job opportunities will still be required to write the statutory SLE test for each process if they do not have valid SLE test results that meet the language requirements of the job opportunity.

Examples of the types of questions you will see on the Second Language Evaluation test

Question Type I

In this question type, you are given a sentence in English followed by four answer choices in French. You are to select the sentence that is closest in meaning to the sentence written in English and is grammatically correct.

Example 1

Question 1

Could you file the records that are on my desk?

  1. Pourriez-vous mettre dans le cabinet les dossiers qui sont sur mon bureau?
  2. Est-ce que vous pourriez mettre dans le fichier les dossiers sur mon bureau?
  3. Pourriez-vous classer les dossiers qui sont sur mon bureau?
  4. Est-ce que vous pourriez arranger les dossiers qui sont sur mon bureau?

In Example 1, the third sentence, Pourriez-vous classer les dossiers qui sont sur mon bureau?, is the one that is closest in meaning to the sentence written in English and is grammatically correct. Therefore, you would select the third sentence.

  • Pourriez-vous mettre dans le cabinet les dossiers qui sont sur mon bureau?
  • Est-ce que vous pourriez mettre dans le fichier les dossiers sur mon bureau?
  • Pourriez-vous classer les dossiers qui sont sur mon bureau?
  • Est-ce que vous pourriez arranger les dossiers qui sont sur mon bureau?

Question Type II

In this question type, you are given a sentence in which words or groups of words have been underlined and printed in bold text.

You are to identify, from among the four underlined words or groups of words, the one that constitutes an error. If none of the words or groups of words constitutes an error, select the circle beside "no error / pas d'erreur" on your screen.

Example 2

Question 2

Afin de (1) revoir le rapport de (2) vérification interne, une réunion spéciale (3) est prévue au (4) 19 avril. ______(5)

In Example 2, the word au constitutes an error. Therefore, you would select the circle beside the word "au" on your screen.

  1. Afin de
  2. de
  3. spéciale
  4. au
  5. No error / pas d'erreur

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The Public Service Entrance Exam

Public Service Entrance Exam – Unsupervised Internet Test 370

The Public Service Entrance Exam Unsupervised Internet Test 370 (PSEE-UIT 370) is made up of two parts:

Sub-test 1: Test of Reasoning

  • Assesses reasoning and problem-solving ability.
  • Includes four types of questions: arithmetic reasoning, logical reasoning, analytical reasoning and number or letter series.

Sub-test 2: Test of Judgement

  • Assesses the judgement required for solving problems in work-related situations.
  • Presents hypothetical and challenging situations encountered at work that involve communication, interpersonal skills, initiative, decision making, analytical thinking and action management.

All applicants must take sub-test 1. Sub-test 2 is required only if additional information is needed to complete the assessment.

If you are required to take both sub-tests, you 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.

Unsupervised Internet Test (UIT)

A UIT is a test that is administered over the Internet in an unsupervised environment.It is accessible anywhere the test taker has access to a computer and an Internet connection.

Number of questions and time limit

Sub-Test 1: Test of Reasoning

  • This sub-test 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 towards the final score and may be used in future versions of this sub-test.
  • The time limit is 90 minutes to complete this sub-test.

Sub-Test 2: Test of Judgement

  • This sub-test 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.

Pass mark

Sub-test 1: you must place in the top 90% (10th percentile) of a large sample of previous test-takers.

Sub-test 2: you must place in the top 80% (20th percentile) of a large sample of previous test-takers.

However, pass marks are set by the hiring manager; therefore, the mark may vary depending on the job for which a test is used. At the hiring manager's discretion, the pass mark may be set as high as the 50th percentile (top 50%).

Technical difficulties

If technical difficulties arise as you are completing a test (e.g. your computer crashes or you accidentally close your browser window), log back into the system and continue where you left off. Do not delay, because your allotted time for completing the sub-test elapses even while you are logged out of the system.

In the event of extreme technical difficulties (e.g. an extended power outage), contact the HelpDesk between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday to Friday.

Assessment accommodation

As part of the on-line process, you will be asked whether you require test accommodation. If you are an applicant who meets all other requirements (e.g. education) and you indicate that you require assessment accommodation due to a disability or a medical condition, you will be contacted by the hiring manager about alternate testing arrangements.

Assessment accommodation will be handled on a case-by-case basis. You will be asked to provide information on your condition, disability or circumstance (e.g. cultural or religious reasons) to enable appropriate assessment.

Read more about accommodation

Test results

The test results will be used along with other requirements established by the hiring manager.

If you pass both PSEE-UIT 370 sub-tests, and you meet the other requirements established by the hiring manager (e.g. education), you will be considered for additional testing.

To verify your results, you may be asked to write similar tests in a supervised setting, such as the Graduate Recruitment Test and the Situational Judgement Test.

The test results are only valid in the context of the job process for which you took the PSEE-UIT 370. The results cannot be reused when applying to another job.

Tips to consider before taking the test

  • Try the sample questions.
  • Set aside sufficient time to complete the sub-tests within the time limits.
  • Take the test(s) in a quiet, comfortable location.
  • Have scrap paper and a calculator handy.
  • Manage your time well. In general, it is a good idea to solve easy questions first and difficult questions later. Questions are presented in random order rather than in order of difficulty. If you are stuck on a difficult question, mark that question for review and return to it once you have completed the other test questions.
  • Answer all questions. If you are not sure of the correct answer, guess. There is no penalty for wrong answers.
  • Read the whole question.
  • For sub-test 1: Test of Reasoning, eliminate answers that you know are wrong. By reducing the number of choices, you increase your chance of selecting correct answers.

The pilot question

Piloting test questions is standard practice for many internationally recognized testing organizations. For the PSEE-UIT 370, the pilot question:

  • Is an additional question mixed in with the other questions on sub-test 1: Test of Reasoning
  • Is not identified within the test
  • Does not count towards the final score
  • May be used in future versions of the sub-test
  • Complies with the sub-test's quality and level of difficulty
  • Enables the continuous development of valid and reliable questions for future tests

Copying or sharing the on-line test questions

All test content is copyrighted material of the Public Service Commission of Canada and is designated Protected. It may not be copied, reproduced, translated, distributed or disseminated, in whole or in part, in any form or by any means for commercial or non-commercial purposes. Any unauthorized reproduction, recording and/or disclosure of test content is in contravention of the Government Security Policy and the use of such improperly obtained or transmitted information could be found to contravene the provisions of the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA).

Parties involved in the disclosure or improper use of Protected test content may be investigated under the PSEA, where a finding of fraud may be punishable on summary conviction, or may be referred to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The PSC monitors the Web for inappropriate and/or fraudulent duplication, in whole or in part, of its assessment tools.

Cheating on an unsupervised Internet test

If you take an unsupervised Internet test, it is essential that you complete it honestly, by yourself, without assistance from other people or other resources (e.g. books, notes, etc.). In the interest of fairness to all applicants, it is also essential that you respect the confidentiality of the testing material and agree not to share or copy any of it.

To ensure that applicants have completed the test based on their own abilities, the applicant sub-test results are verified by administering similar tests in a supervised setting. If the PSC has reason to doubt the validity of an applicant's test result, that individual may be required to retake the test prior to any appointment being made on the basis of the test result. Any suspected cheating will be referred to the responsible manager and the PSC's Personnel Psychology Centre for action.

Suspected cheating may result in the invalidation of test results and may be the subject of an investigation under the Public Service Employment Act. A finding of fraud may be punishable on summary conviction or the case may be referred to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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Sample questions of sub-test 1: Test of Reasoning

Note: The contextual information in the sample questions and the test questions is fictional.

Arithmetic reasoning

In this question type, you will need to identify an unknown value based on the information provided. Try the following sample question:

Question 1

An employee worked 11 hours in a day. Her regular working day is 7.5 hours and the rest was overtime, for which she was paid 1.5 times her regular hourly rate. If she was paid $112 for the day, what was her regular rate per hour for that day?

  1. $6.79
  2. $8.78
  3. $14.93
  4. $19.48

The employee is paid for 7.5 hours in regular time and 1.5 times the regular rate the rest of the hours worked (3.5 hours). The total number of paid hours is 12.75 (7.5 + 1.5 x 3.5). By dividing what she received for the day ($112) by the number of paid hours (12.75), you can determine her hourly rate, $8.78 per hour. Therefore, you would select option 2.

Logical reasoning

In this question type, you need to use logical reasoning to choose the best response based on the information given in the first part of the question. The wording of the question will vary depending on the nature of the task. You may be asked to choose which statement can be validly concluded or which statement completes the logical sequence, given the information provided.

Question 2

The accounting department just finished a staffing process and is setting up a training session. All recently hired employees are very well qualified. All of the trainees are recently hired employees.

What can be validly concluded from the information provided above?

  1. All of the trainees are very well qualified.
  2. None of the trainees are very well qualified.
  3. Some of the trainees are not very well qualified.
  4. All very well qualified employees are trainees.

All of the trainees are recently hired employees and all recently hired employees are very well qualified. Therefore, you would select option 1.

Question 3

The following argument is incomplete:

Statement: All e-mails sent by an organization are secure.

Conclusion: Therefore, all of the organization's client requests are secure.

Which of the following statements completes the preceding argument, making the conclusion valid?

  1. All client requests are sent by e-mail.
  2. Some client requests are not secure.
  3. All e-mails sent by an organization are client requests.
  4. None of the above.

The first option completes the argument and makes the conclusion valid. Without this information, the conclusion would not be valid. In contrast, the second and third options are not consistent with the conclusion. Therefore, you would select option 1.

Analytical reasoning

These questions include some invented nouns and some existing nouns found in English vocabulary. You will be asked to select the best response to each question. In all cases, finding the best response will involve making inferences based on the information in the question.

In some questions, you must use your knowledge of the real relations between the existing nouns to determine the best response. In other questions, you must reverse the real relations between the existing nouns or ignore your knowledge of the real relations between the existing nouns to determine the best response. Each question indicates how the real relations between the existing nouns must be used. The following sample questions demonstrate some of the different types of questions you may be asked.

Question 4

For this question, you must use your knowledge of the real relations between the existing nouns to determine the best response.

  • A FRUB resembles a XIXU but is heavier.
  • A XIXU resembles a car but is heavier.
  • A NULO resembles a bicycle but is lighter.

Which of the following is the best response?

  1. A FRUB is heavier than a NULO.
  2. A car is lighter than a NULO.
  3. A bicycle is heavier than a XIXU.
  4. A XIXU is heavier than a FRUB.

Based on the relations outlined in the first two statements, we know that a FRUB is heavier than a XIXU, which is heavier than a car. We also know that a car is heavier than a bicycle from the knowledge we have of these existing nouns, and, from the third statement, we know that a NULO is lighter than a bicycle. From heaviest to lightest, the order of the words is: FRUB, XIXU, car, bicycle, NULO. Therefore, you would select option 1.

Question 5

For this question, you must reverse the real relation between the existing nouns in order to determine the best response.

  • A FETH resembles a GITH but is larger.
  • A cat resembles a GITH but is smaller.
  • A zebra resembles a PURI but is larger.

Which of the following is the best response?

  1. A zebra is larger than a GITH.
  2. A FETH is smaller than a PURI.
  3. A cat is larger than a PURI.
  4. None of the above.

Based on the relations outlined in the first two statements, we know that a FETH is larger than a GITH, which is larger than a cat. From the third statement we know that a zebra is larger than a PURI. As specified in the question, by reversing the real relation between a cat and a zebra from the knowledge we have of these existing nouns, we also know that a cat is larger than a zebra. From largest to smallest, the order of the nouns is: FETH, GITH, cat, zebra, PURI. Therefore, you would select option 3.

Question 6

For this question, you must ignore your knowledge of the real relation between the existing nouns to determine the best response.

  • A cow is smaller than an ant and larger than a butterfly.
  • A planet is smaller than a mountain.
  • A mountain is smaller than a butterfly.

Which of the following is the best response?

  1. An ant is smaller than a mountain.
  2. A planet is smaller than an ant.
  3. A cow is smaller than a planet.
  4. None of the above.

Although the conclusion "A planet is smaller than an ant" contradicts the real relation between these existing nouns, the question specifies that you must ignore those real relations. The information provided states that the order of the nouns from largest to smallest is: ant, cow, butterfly, mountain, planet. Therefore, you would select option 2.

Number or letter series

In the number or letter series task, you are to determine the number or letter that must be inserted into the sequence to complete the series. You first have to establish the rule that was used to create the series and then apply this rule to complete the series correctly. Note that a double letter (e.g. AA) indicates that a letter series is continuing from the beginning of the alphabet after reaching Z (as in the following: X, Y, Z, AA, BB, CC …).

Try the following example:

Question 7

Which of the following responses completes the series?

R, U, X, AA, DD, ___

  1. V
  2. Z
  3. EE
  4. GG

In this example, each letter of the series is three letters after the preceding letter, in alphabetical order. The letter that completes the series correctly is obtained by selecting the third letter after DD. Since GG is the correct answer, you would select option 4.

Sample questions of sub-test 2: Test of Judgement

Sub-test 2: Test of Judgement assesses the judgement required for solving problems in work-related situations. Judgement is the ability to identify effective ways of solving these problems and to recognize ineffective actions. The sub-test presents you with hypothetical and challenging situations that one might encounter at work, and that involve communication, interpersonal skills, initiative, decision making, analytical thinking and action management. Each situation is followed by a potential response to the situation.

Your task on the test is to judge the effectiveness of a response in contributing to a solution to the problem presented, as if you were actually on the job and had to decide what actions to take. Read each situation and response carefully. Then, for each situation, rate the effectiveness of the response using the following scale:

  • Very Ineffective – will make the situation worse
  • Ineffective – while it may not worsen the situation, it will not contribute to solving the problem
  • Somewhat Ineffective – may not contribute to solving the problem
  • Somewhat Effective – may contribute to solving the problem
  • Effective – will contribute to solving the problem
  • Very Effective – will solve the problem or make a very important contribution to solving the problem

No specialized training, knowledge, or experience is required to complete this test. Rather, your answers should draw on the general knowledge and life experience you have acquired.

Note: The contextual information in the sample questions and the test questions is fictional.

Question 1

Situation:

You just completed a course at your supervisor's request. While at the course, you learned that some of your office's procedures are not in line with broader public service policies on protecting confidential information. All employees working in your unit had completed the same course previously, including your supervisor and her superior, yet no one has identified this oversight. You would be the first to draw attention to your unit's faulty practices.

Response:

Copy the relevant pages from the course materials and put them on your supervisor's desk.

How effective is this response?

  1. Very ineffective
  2. Ineffective
  3. Somewhat ineffective
  4. Somewhat effective
  5. Effective
  6. Very effective

Rate the effectiveness of the response by selecting your answer.

Question 2

Situation:

You just completed a course at your supervisor's request. While at the course, you learned that some of your office's procedures are not in line with broader public service policies on protecting confidential information. All employees working in your unit had completed the same course previously, including your supervisor and her superior, yet no one has identified this oversight. You would be the first to draw attention to your unit's faulty practices.

Response:

Speak with your supervisor immediately to quickly address the issue and implement correct procedures.

How effective is this response?

  1. Very ineffective
  2. Ineffective
  3. Somewhat ineffective
  4. Somewhat effective
  5. Effective
  6. Very effective

Rate the effectiveness of the response by selecting your answer.

Public Service Entrance Exam: Test of Reasoning - Unsupervised Internet Test 372

The Public Service Entrance Exam: Test of Reasoning Unsupervised Internet Test (TOR-UIT 372) assesses problem-solving and reasoning abilities.

The test includes four types of questions: arithmetic reasoning, logical reasoning, analytical reasoning and letter or number series.

Unsupervised Internet Test (UIT)

A UIT is a test that is administered over the Internet in an unsupervised environment. It is accessible anywhere the test taker has access to a computer and an Internet connection.

Number of questions and time limit

This test 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 towards the final score and may be used in future versions of this test.

The time limit is 90 minutes to complete this test.

Pass mark

You must place in the top 90% (10th percentile) of a large sample of previous test-takers. However, pass marks are set by the hiring manager; therefore, the mark may vary depending on the job for which a test is used. At the hiring manager's discretion, the pass mark may be set as high as the 50th percentile (top 50%).

Technical difficulties

If technical difficulties arise as you are completing a test (e.g. your computer crashes or you accidentally close your browser window), log back into the system and continue where you left off. Do not delay, because your allotted time for completing the test elapses even while you are logged out of the system.

In the event of extreme technical difficulties (e.g. an extended power outage), contact the HelpDesk between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday to Friday.

It is advisable to complete the TOR-UIT 372 well in advance of the deadline to allow sufficient time to deal with any technical difficulties, should they arise.

Assessment accommodation

As part of the on-line process, you will be asked whether you require test accommodation. If you are an applicant who meets all other requirements (e.g. education) and you indicate that you require assessment accommodation due to a disability or a medical condition, you will be contacted by the hiring manager about alternate testing arrangements.

Assessment accommodation will be handled on a case-by-case basis. You will be asked to provide information on your condition, disability or circumstance (e.g. cultural or religious reasons) to enable appropriate assessment.

Read more about accommodation

The test results

The test results will be used along with other requirements established by the hiring manager.

If you pass the TOR-UIT 372 and you meet the other requirements established by the hiring manager (e.g. education), you will be considered for additional testing.

To verify your results, you may be asked to write a similar test in a supervised setting, such as the Graduate Recruitment Test.

The test results are only valid in the context of the job process for which you took the TOR-UIT 372. The results cannot be reused when applying to another job.

Tips to consider before taking the test

  • Try the sample questions.
  • Set aside sufficient time to complete the test within the time limits.
  • Take the testin a quiet, comfortable location.
  • Havescrap paper and a calculator handy.
  • Manage your time well. In general, it is a good idea to solve easy questions first and difficult questions later. Questions are presented in random order rather than in order of difficulty. If you are stuck on a difficult question, mark that question for review and return to it once you have completed the other test questions.
  • Answer all questions. If you are not sure of the correct answer, guess. There is no penalty for wrong answers.
  • Read the whole question.
  • Eliminate answers that you know are wrong. By reducing the number of choices, you increase your chance of selecting correct answers.

The pilot question

Piloting test questions is standard practice for many internationally recognized testing organizations. For the TOR-UIT 372, the pilot question:

  • Is an additional question mixed in with the other questions on the test
  • Is not identified within the test
  • Does not count towards the final score
  • May be used in future versions of the test
  • Complies with the test's quality and level of difficulty
  • Enables the continuous development of valid and reliable questions for future tests

Copying or sharing the on-line test questions

All test content is copyrighted material of the Public Service Commission of Canada and is designated Protected. It may not be copied, reproduced, translated, distributed or disseminated, in whole or in part, in any form or by any means for commercial or non-commercial purposes. Any unauthorized reproduction, recording and/or disclosure of test content is in contravention of the Government Security Policy and the use of such improperly obtained or transmitted information could be found to contravene the provisions of the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA).

Parties involved in the disclosure or improper use of Protected test content may be investigated under the PSEA, where a finding of fraud may be punishable on summary conviction, or may be referred to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The PSC monitors the Web for inappropriate and/or fraudulent duplication, in whole or in part, of its assessment tools.

Cheating on an unsupervised Internet test

If you take an unsupervised Internet test, it is essential that you complete it honestly, by yourself, without assistance from other people or other resources (e.g. books, notes, etc.). In the interest of fairness to all applicants, it is also essential that you respect the confidentiality of the testing material and agree not to share or copy any of it.

To ensure that applicants have completed the test based on their own abilities, the applicant test results are verified by administering a similar test in a supervised setting. If the PSC has reason to doubt the validity of an applicant's test result, that individual may be required to retake the test prior to any appointment being made on the basis of the test result. Any suspected cheating will be referred to the responsible manager and the PSC's Personnel Psychology Centre for action.

Suspected cheating may result in the invalidation of test results and may be the subject of an investigation under the Public Service Employment Act. A finding of fraud may be punishable on summary conviction or the case may be referred to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Contact us

For technical questions, contact Helpdesk.

For questions about the job, contact the hiring manager or program.

Sample questions

Note: The contextual information in the sample questions and the test questions is fictional.

Arithmetic reasoning

In this question type, you will need to identify an unknown value based on the information provided. Try the following sample question:

Question 1

An employee worked 11 hours in a day. Her regular working day is 7.5 hours and the rest was overtime, for which she was paid 1.5 times her regular hourly rate.

If she was paid $112 for the day, what was her regular rate per hour for that day?

  1. $6.79
  2. $8.78
  3. $14.93
  4. $19.48

The employee is paid for 7.5 hours in regular time and 1.5 times the regular rate the rest of the hours worked (3.5 hours). The total number of paid hours is 12.75 (7.5 + 1.5 x 3.5). By dividing what she received for the day ($112) by the number of paid hours (12.75), you can determine her hourly rate, $8.78 per hour. Therefore, you would select option 2.

Logical reasoning

In this question type, you need to use logical reasoning to choose the best response based on the information given in the first part of the question. The wording of the question will vary depending on the nature of the task. You may be asked to choose which statement can be validly concluded or which statement completes the logical sequence, given the information provided.

Question 2

The accounting department just finished a staffing process and is setting up a training session. All recently hired employees are very well qualified. All of the trainees are recently hired employees.

What can be validly concluded from the information provided above?

  1. All of the trainees are very well qualified.
  2. None of the trainees are very well qualified.
  3. Some of the trainees are not very well qualified.
  4. All very well qualified employees are trainees.

All of the trainees are recently hired employees and all recently hired employees are very well qualified. Therefore, you would select option 1.

Question 3

The following argument is incomplete:

Statement: All e-mails sent by an organization are secure.

Conclusion: Therefore, all of the organization's client requests are secure.

Which of the following statements completes the preceding argument, making the conclusion valid?

  1. All client requests are sent by e-mail.
  2. Some client requests are not secure.
  3. All e-mails sent by an organization are client requests.
  4. None of the above.

The first option completes the argument and makes the conclusion valid. Without this information, the conclusion would not be valid. In contrast, the second and third options are not consistent with the conclusion. Therefore, you would select option 1.

Analytical reasoning

These questions include some invented nouns and some existing nouns found in English vocabulary. You will be asked to select the best response to each question. In all cases, finding the best response will involve making inferences based on the information in the question.

In some questions, you must use your knowledge of the real relations between the existing nouns to determine the best response. In other questions, you must reverse the real relations between the existing nouns or ignore your knowledge of the real relations between the existing nouns to determine the best response. Each question indicates how the real relations between the existing nouns must be used. The following sample questions demonstrate some of the different types of questions you may be asked.

Question 4

For this question, you must use your knowledge of the real relations between the existing nouns to determine the best response.

  • A FRUB resembles a XIXU but is heavier.
  • A XIXU resembles a car but is heavier.
  • A NULO resembles a bicycle but is lighter.

Which of the following is the best response?

  1. A FRUB is heavier than a NULO.
  2. A car is lighter than a NULO.
  3. A bicycle is heavier than a XIXU.
  4. A XIXU is heavier than a FRUB.

Based on the relations outlined in the first two statements, we know that a FRUB is heavier than a XIXU, which is heavier than a car. We also know that a car is heavier than a bicycle from the knowledge we have of these existing nouns, and, from the third statement, we know that a NULO is lighter than a bicycle. From heaviest to lightest, the order of the words is: FRUB, XIXU, car, bicycle, NULO. Therefore, you would select option 1.

Question 5

For this question, you must reverse the real relation between the existing nouns in order to determine the best response.

  • A FETH resembles a GITH but is larger.
  • A cat resembles a GITH but is smaller.
  • A zebra resembles a PURI but is larger.

Which of the following is the best response?

  1. A zebra is larger than a GITH.
  2. A FETH is smaller than a PURI.
  3. A cat is larger than a PURI.
  4. None of the above.

Based on the relations outlined in the first two statements, we know that a FETH is larger than a GITH, which is larger than a cat. From the third statement we know that a zebra is larger than a PURI. As specified in the question, by reversing the real relation between a cat and a zebra from the knowledge we have of these existing nouns, we also know that a cat is larger than a zebra. From largest to smallest, the order of the nouns is: FETH, GITH, cat, zebra, PURI. Therefore, you would select option 3.

Question 6

For this question, you must ignore your knowledge of the real relation between the existing nouns to determine the best response.

  • A cow is smaller than an ant and larger than a butterfly.
  • A planet is smaller than a mountain.
  • A mountain is smaller than a butterfly.

Which of the following is the best response?

  1. An ant is smaller than a mountain.
  2. A planet is smaller than an ant.
  3. A cow is smaller than a planet.
  4. None of the above.

Although the conclusion "A planet is smaller than an ant" contradicts the real relation between these existing nouns, the question specifies that you must ignore those real relations. The information provided states that the order of the nouns from largest to smallest is: ant, cow, butterfly, mountain, planet. Therefore, you would select option 2.

Number or letter series

In the number or letter series task, you are to determine the number or letter that must be inserted into the sequence to complete the series. You first have to establish the rule that was used to create the series and then apply this rule to complete the series correctly. Note that a double letter (e.g. AA) indicates that a letter series is continuing from the beginning of the alphabet after reaching Z (as in the following: X, Y, Z, AA, BB, CC...).

Try the following example:

Question 7

Which of the following responses completes the series?

R, U, X, AA, DD, ___

  1. V
  2. Z
  3. EE
  4. GG

In this example, each letter of the series is three letters after the preceding letter, in alphabetical order. The letter that completes the series correctly is obtained by selecting the third letter after DD. Since GG is the correct answer, you would select option 4.

Public Service Entrance Exam: Test of Judgement - Unsupervised Internet Test 374

The Public Service Entrance Exam: Test of Judgement Unsupervised Internet Test (TOJ-UIT 374) assesses the judgement required for solving problems in work-related situations.

The test presents hypothetical and challenging situations encountered at work that involve communication, interpersonal skills, initiative, decision making, analytical thinking and action management.

Unsupervised Internet Test (UIT)

A UIT is a test that is administered over the Internet in an unsupervised environment. It is accessible anywhere the test taker has access to a computer and an Internet connection.

Number of questions and time limit

This test consists of 52 multiple choice questions.

The time limit is 75 minutes to complete the test.

Pass mark

You must place in the top 80% (20th percentile) of a large sample of previous test-takers. However, pass marks are set by the hiring manager; therefore, the mark may vary depending on the job for which a test is used. At the hiring manager's discretion, the pass mark may be set as high as the 50th percentile (top 50%).

Technical difficulties

If technical difficulties arise as you are completing the test (e.g. your computer crashes or you accidentally close your browser window), log back into the system and continue where you left off. Do not delay, because your allotted time for completing the test elapses even while you are logged out of the system.

In the event of extreme technical difficulties (e.g. an extended power outage), contact the HelpDesk between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday to Friday.

It is advisable to complete the TOJ-UIT 374 well in advance of the deadline to allow sufficient time to deal with any technical difficulties, should they arise.

Assessment accommodation

As part of the on-line process, you will be asked whether you require accommodation. If you are an applicant who meets all other requirements (e.g. education) and you indicate that you require assessment accommodation due to a disability or a medical condition, you will be contacted by the hiring manager about alternate testing arrangements.

Assessment accommodation will be handled on a case-by-case basis. You will be asked to provide information on your condition, disability or circumstance (e.g. cultural or religious reasons) to enable appropriate assessment.

Read more about accommodation

The test results

The test results will be used along with other requirements established by the hiring manager.

If you pass the TOJ-UIT 374 and you meet the other requirements established by the hiring manager (e.g. education), you will be considered for additional testing.

To verify your results, you may be asked to write a similar test in a supervised setting, such as the Situational Judgement Test.

The test results are only valid in the context of the job process for which you took the TOJ-UIT 374. The results cannot be reused when applying to another job.

Tips to consider before taking the test

  • Try the sample questions.
  • Set aside sufficient time to complete the test within the time limits.
  • Take the testin a quiet, comfortable location.
  • Manage your time well. In general, it is a good idea to solve easy questions first and difficult questions later. Questions are presented in random order rather than in order of difficulty. If you are stuck on a difficult question, mark that question for review and return to it once you have completed the other test questions.
  • Answer all questions. If you are not sure of the correct answer, guess. There is no penalty for wrong answers.
  • Read the whole question.

Copying or sharing the on-line test questions

All test content is copyrighted material of the Public Service Commission of Canada and is designated Protected. It may not be copied, reproduced, translated, distributed or disseminated, in whole or in part, in any form or by any means for commercial or non-commercial purposes. Any unauthorized reproduction, recording and/or disclosure of test content is in contravention of the Government Security Policy and the use of such improperly obtained or transmitted information could be found to contravene the provisions of the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA).

Parties involved in the disclosure or improper use of Protected test content may be investigated under the PSEA, where a finding of fraud may be punishable on summary conviction, or may be referred to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The PSC monitors the Web for inappropriate and/or fraudulent duplication, in whole or in part, of its assessment tools.

Cheating on an unsupervised Internet test

If you take an unsupervised Internet test, it is essential that you complete it honestly, by yourself, without assistance from other people or other resources (e.g. books, notes, etc.). In the interest of fairness to all applicants, it is also essential that you respect the confidentiality of the testing material and agree not to share or copy any of it.

To ensure that applicants have completed the test based on their own abilities, the applicant test results are verified by administering a similar test in a supervised setting. If the PSC has reason to doubt the validity of an applicant's test result, that individual may be required to retake the test prior to any appointment being made on the basis of the test result. Any suspected cheating will be referred to the responsible manager and the PSC's Personnel Psychology Centre for action.

Suspected cheating may result in the invalidation of test results and may be the subject of an investigation under the Public Service Employment Act. A finding of fraud may be punishable on summary conviction or the case may be referred to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Contact us

For technical questions, contact HelpDesk.

For questions about the job, contact the hiring manager or program.

Sample questions

The TOJ-UIT 374 assesses the judgement required for solving problems in work-related situations. Judgement is the ability to identify effective ways of solving these problems and to recognize ineffective actions. The test presents you with hypothetical and challenging situations that one might encounter at work, and that involve communication, interpersonal skills, initiative, decision making, analytical thinking and action management. Each situation is followed by a potential response to the situation.

Your task on the test is to judge the effectiveness of a response in contributing to a solution to the problem presented, as if you were actually on the job and had to decide what actions to take. Read each situation and response carefully. Then, for each situation, rate the effectiveness of the response using the following scale:

  • Very Ineffective - will make the situation worse
  • Ineffective - while it may not worsen the situation, it will not contribute to solving the problem
  • Somewhat Ineffective - may not contribute to solving the problem
  • Somewhat Effective - may contribute to solving the problem
  • Effective - will contribute to solving the problem
  • Very Effective - will solve the problem or make a very important contribution to solving the problem

No specialized training, knowledge, or experience is required to complete this test. Rather, your answers should draw on the general knowledge and life experience you have acquired.

Note: The contextual information in the sample questions and the test questions is fictional.

Question 1

Situation:

You just completed a course at your supervisor's request. While at the course, you learned that some of your office's procedures are not in line with broader public service policies on protecting confidential information. All employees working in your unit had completed the same course previously, including your supervisor and her superior, yet no one has identified this oversight. You would be the first to draw attention to your unit's faulty practices.

Response:

Copy the relevant pages from the course materials and put them on your supervisor's desk.

How effective is this response?

  1. Very ineffective
  2. Ineffective
  3. Somewhat ineffective
  4. Somewhat effective
  5. Effective
  6. Very effective

Rate the effectiveness of the response by selecting your answer.

Question 2

Situation:

You just completed a course at your supervisor's request. While at the course, you learned that some of your office's procedures are not in line with broader public service policies on protecting confidential information. All employees working in your unit had completed the same course previously, including your supervisor and her superior, yet no one has identified this oversight. You would be the first to draw attention to your unit's faulty practices.

Response:

Speak with your supervisor immediately to quickly address the issue and implement correct procedures.

How effective is this response?

  1. Very ineffective
  2. Ineffective
  3. Somewhat ineffective
  4. Somewhat effective
  5. Effective
  6. Very effective

Rate the effectiveness of the response by selecting your answer.