Written Communication Proficiency Test

Canada's Written Communication Proficiency Test (WCPT-351) assesses your ability to communicate in writing. The WCPT may be used to help managers make selection decisions. It can be used to assess officer-level employees, managers or leaders whose position requires them to write clear and concise letters, memos, reports or other documents.


WCPT-351 Content

The Written Communication Proficiency Test contains a number of short passages, each of which consists of approximately 10 sentences or sentence fragments. You will find errors in some of the passages, and the order of the sentences or paragraphs may have been modified. Each passage is followed by several multiple-choice questions related to the passage. The questions involve:

  • Identifying grammar errors
  • Determining the best word to insert into a blank
  • Choosing the best title for a passage
  • Ordering sentences
  • Choosing the best summary of a text


There are 50 questions in total. You will be evaluated on your: grammar, punctuation, vocabulary richness and precision, appropriate level of language use, avoidance of wordiness and redundancies, knowledge of main points versus subordinate details, and order of sentences and paragraphs. The test is 2 hours including 20 minutes for administrative time.


Prepare for the WCPT with JobTestPrep

The WCPT will significantly affect your chances of getting a government position. Before the test day arrives, it is crucial to familiarize yourself with the different types of questions you will find on the exam and to practice as much as possible. JobTestPrep is creating a Canadian WCPT practice package which will prepare you for the exam.


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