Canada's Public Service Entrance Exam (PSEE) Test Prep

PSEE Test Structure and Content

Canada's Public Service Entrance Exam 371 (PSEE 371) assesses your reasoning skills and judgement for officer-level positions in the federal public service. It can be used to assist managers in making selection decisions for appointment or for placement in training programs. The PSEE is comprised of two sub–tests: Test of Reasoning 373 (TOR) and Test of Judgement 375 (TOJ).

Hiring managers may use any of the tests: PSEE, TOJ or TOR on their own or as a final step in a twostep process, following an unsupervised version of the tests. The unsupervised tests are: PSEE UIT 370, TOR UIT 372 and TOJ UIT 374. 

Sub-test 1: Test of Reasoning 373

This test assesses your reasoning and problem-solving ability. It consists of 30 multiple-choice questions with a time limit of 90 minutes. You will encounter four types of questions:

  1. Arithmetic reasoning questions are numerical reasoning word problems. You will need to identify an unknown value based on the given information.
  2. Logical reasoning questions test your ability to apply logical conclusions to given information. You will be asked to choose which statement can be validly concluded from the provided information.
  3. Analytical reasoning questions test how well you can make inferences based on given information. You will be given the relationships between different nouns and required to deduce what other relationships follow.
  4. Number or letter series questions require you to find the rule that was used to create the series and then apply that rule to correctly complete the series.

The unsupervised TOR UIT 372 contains the same question types as the supervised TOR. The only difference is that it consists of 26 multiple-choice questions, where only 25 questions will count (there is one pilot question that will not affect your score).


Sub-test 2: Test of Judgement 375

This test assesses your ability to use judgement for solving problems in work-related situations. It consists of 40 multiple-choice questions that you will have to complete within 3 hours. (that includes 30 minutes for administration). The unsupervised TOJ UIT 374 consists of 52 multiple-choice questions with a time limit of 75 minutes.


Public Service Entrance Exam 371 (PSEE) Solving Tips

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Tips for the PSEE Test of Reasoning

  • You won't have intense time pressure, but don't be fooled into thinking that you won't need every second of those 90 minutes! It is important to work carefully and diligently, but just as important to keep moving and to leave the difficult questions for the end.
  • Questions are not presented in order of difficulty. If you encounter a challenging question we recommend that you mark the question for review and move on.
  • There are no penalties for wrong answers, so if you do not know an answer, eliminate as many incorrect answers as possible and guess.

Tips for the PSEE Test of Judgement

The average amount of time you are allotted per question on the Test of Judgement is just under 90 seconds. Like the Test of Reasoning, you will not be under intense time pressure, but you will still need to use every second wisely.

Solving the questions does not require any calculations, deductions, or deep analytical reasoning. However, you will be required to fully understand the dilemma at hand and the potential outcomes of the proposed solution. Therefore, when solving these questions, we suggest the following steps:

  1. Spend 40-45 seconds reading and fully internalizing the situation - think of the ideal solution.
  2. Spend 30-35 seconds reading and fully understanding the proposed solution. Think about how similar it is to your ideal solution and contemplate the possible outcomes of implementing the proposed solution.
  3. Mark an answer and move on. Don’t spend too long on any one question. Remember, you want to answer as many correct questions as possible and there may be some very easy questions towards the end. If you are unsure about the answer, make a note to yourself to come back to it at the end. If you follow these guidelines, you can complete every question and still have approximately ten minutes remaining to go back and review the harder questions.

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