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Study Kits (Canada): PSEE, SJT, WCPT, GRT, WCT
Our current, comprehensive, reputable study materials—available in English only—are designed to help
you build skills and prepare quickly for Foreign Service and related
federal government job competitions.
Note: Foreign Service (FS) positions
are with either the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) in the Political/Economic and Commercial/Economic
officer streams, or with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for
the Immigration officer stream; Management/Consular (MCO), Commerce
(CO), Policy (ES) or Administrative (FSAA) officer jobs are with
DFAIT; Program Manager (PM) positions are with the former Canadian
International Development Agency (CIDA), soon to become part of DFAIT.
For over 20 years our study materials have enabled thousands of clients to obtain high test scores, learn about tricky evaluation methods, develop application material that satisfies complex screening requirements, and succeed in getting to the interview stage of their competition.
We take the tests ourselves every year and debrief with clients regularly so we can update our materials when changes occur. We hired people to work with us in test development who did so for the federal government, and our Director’s background as a Foreign Service Officer and his expertise in behaviourally-based training makes our company the only proven source to help individuals in government competitions.
The Study Kit (which does not include the separate PSEE) contains:
Situational Judgment Test (SJT) To help you understand and perform well on the SJT—which has been used since 2003, and which replaced the old types of Foreign Service exams—the Study Kit provides precise test-taking tips and practice materials. How the SJT was developed, the corporate culture and values system underlying the “ideal world” of the test, tools to help frame and answer questions successfully, and definitions for the three “competencies” evaluated in it are explained in detail. Two full-length, 100-question sample tests replicating the real SJT are provided for thorough practice and include answers at the back.
Written Communication Proficiency Test (WCPT)
To get you accustomed to handling this intensive language usage exercise in place since 2000, three full-length, 50-question sample tests replicating the WCPT are provided for repeated practice. An answer key is included for each sample question. It identifies the grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, tone, title, logical ordering or summary issue being tested, and directs you to a single source where you can quickly learn to correct problems affecting your performance. Useful tips to handle questions quicker and more effectively are included in our test-taking instructions.
Graduate Recruitment Test (GRT) To help you improve your ability on this cognitive exercise in use in this form since 1989, the Study Kit contains over 120 sample questions, equivalent to more than two full GRT tests and organized in sequential sections to facilitate skills development. Details on the composition of the test, techniques to manage your time and boost your score on all four types of questions—similarities, number series, arithmetic and figure analogies— are included in the Kit with a full explanation for each answer.
Since 2003 in DFAIT, CIC and CIDA entry competitions, the government has used some combination of the three tests described above in classroom examinations. However, one year a different written communication test—the WCT—was inserted in place of the WCPT, and twice a different experiential component—the LET—was required instead of the standard Statement of Interest. So you know how to handle any mix of possible exercises, the Study Kit also provides:
Written Communication Test (WCT)
To enable you to understand the basis of the WCT, know how it is marked and how to practise under test conditions, the Study Kit contains expert instructions to plan and write a summary in the “government style”. Three sample documents to be summarized, and examples of summaries for them which you can compare to your WCT practice drafts, are provided.
How to Write a “Statement of Interest” for Government Jobs You may be required to write mini-essays, or “statements of interest”, on why you want each government job to which you apply. Proven tips to do so are provided in the Study Kit—a feature exclusive to our service. You will learn how to do an effective self-analysis vís à vís the job(s) you want, how to select appropriate examples from your experience to boost your candidacy, and how to write a personal statement that will stand scrutiny. How and when the statement of interest can be used in the evaluation process is also explained.
Leadership Experience Test (LET) To help you development a successful 500-word leadership experience text, if required, the Study Kit includes a matrix method to carry out a quick, incisive self-analysis of your leadership background and skill-set. Also provided to guide you in drafting your submission are definitions for the leadership elements sought in new officer-level candidates, and against which your credentials are compared in test marking.
How the Study Kit Helps You
Investing in this time-tested Study Kit will enable you to:
Take advantage of the sole source for proven information on the application processes
Understand complex, unpublicized government evaluation methods to help you advance and protect your candidacy
Practice effectively on our bona fide sample tests using the many tips included to boost your speed and performance on test day
Improve significantly your opportunity to move to the interview stage in the job competition(s) you entered
We have produced study materials sold across Canada and to Canadians living throughout the world since 1989. Clients include first-time exam takers who want to prepare effectively, and individuals who participated unsuccessfully in past competitions and need to perform better. Clients come from various university disciplines and levels, and many already hold a job in government, the legal or other professions, the academic world, an NGO, or the private sector.
Our Reputation and Supporters
Referrals of candidates come to us from retired and serving government executives up to Deputy Minister-level (including many former clients), lawyers and international business executives, and university faculty and administrators familiar over the years with our quality study materials and other services.
Why Use Our Services?
We are the only career coaching firm that specializes in helping candidates understand and advance in government, multilateral organization and international NGO hiring and promotion competitions—from entry level to executive level.
No service offered by government, universities or the private sector—past or present, in North America or abroad—matches our expertise or placement record over the past 25 years. The success rate of our clients in institutional hiring and promotion processes attests to the high quality training we provide. Please take the time to read the testimonials sent to us by clients and supporters displayed under Client & Supporter Comments [click here].
The Study Kit can now be ordered in its entirety or in selected sections. PSEE ordering is separate.
The Complete Version of the Study Kit is available in either electronic, hard copy or combination formats: note that electronic and hard copy materials are exactly the same. Partial Versions of the StudyKit—comprising a choice of one or two sections from among the SJT, WCPT, WCT or GRT—are available in electronic format only. The PSEE is also available only in electronic format.
Please see the instructions below and on our secure web page to order your selection online using VISA or Mastercard. Click here to order.
Electronic Study Kit: Complete Version
Email to Canadian address $195.00 Cdn + applicable taxes
Email to International address $195.00 (no taxes)
Hard Copy Study Kit: Complete Version
Xpresspost to Canadian address $220.00 Cdn + $5.00 handling + applicable taxes
Courier to International address $220.00 Cdn (no taxes) + $7.50 handling +Courier charge (see * below)
Combination Hard Copy + Electronic Study Kit: Complete Version
Email + Xpresspost to Canadian address
$230.00 Cdn + $5.00 handling + applicable taxes
Email + Courier to International address $230.00 Cdn (no taxes) + $7.50 handling + Courier charge (see * below)
*Courier Delivery Contact us by email or telephone to obtain the courier charge to add to your payment for shipment to your required destination.
Electronic Study Kit: Partial Versions*
One only (either SJT, WCPT, WCT or GRT) email to Canadian address
$80.00 Cdn + applicable taxes
One only (either SJT, WCPT, WCT or GRT) email to International address $80.00 Cdn (no taxes)
Two combined (from among SJT, WCPT, WCT or GRT) email to Canadian address
$150.00 Cdn + applicable taxes
Two combined (from among SJT, WCPT, WCT or GRT) email to International address
$150.00 Cdn (no taxes)
Note: Please send us a separate email indicating which specific test(s) you have ordered.
Electronic PSEE Materials
Email to Canadian address $90.00 Cdn + applicable taxes
Email to International address $90.00 Cdn (no taxes)
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Payments may be made by Visa or MasterCard only and are cleared by Moneris Solutions, a secure online service. Orders are processed once credit card approval is obtained.
Orders are sent out within 24 hours to clients who enter their information correctly online. If greater urgency is required, clients can call our office at (613) 567-9229 to order over the telephone and receive faster service.
If you have questions about our services Contact Us [click here] to explain your needs and find out how we can assist you. No other source of information on government recruitment or promotion exercises can match our longstanding expertise in this field.
Note: Because of the complexity of specialized government examination, hiring and promotion exercises—and because of prevalent misinformation and myths elsewhere related to test preparation and materials—a telephone call is best to ensure that you can get thorough answers to your personal questions.