Writing Skills Test

6 Practice Exercises
Spelling, Grammar, Vocabulary, Punctuation and Capitalization,
Sentence sequencing.
116 questions – 105 minutes

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Are you preparing Writing Skills Tests (WST) government of Canada?

We provide practice exercises to help you successfully pass the Canadian government Writing Skills Test.

Our practice exercises are targeted to help you achieve success at the Canadian government Writing Skills Test.

The Writing Skills Test practice exercises are intended for:

  • Candidates who are competing for a position within the Public Service of Canada and will undergo the test in English or French.
  • Public Service employees who will be tested before being considered for promotion or advancement.
  • Individuals who wish to enhance her/his Writing Skills for professional development or career advancement.

The WST is likely to be one of the several standardized tests that you will have to challenge before you can step into your future career within the Public Service of Canada.

This is a unique opportunity to build-up your self-confidence, consolidate your knowledge and be well prepared before taking the real PSC Canada Tests.

Now is your chance to act, and reach your goals at the PSC Canada Writing Skills Test!

Writing Skills Test

The Writing Skills Test contains 106 multiple choice questions plus 10 unmarked pilot questions, and has a time limit of 105 minutes.

For each question there are four possible answers; you are to choose the answer that you think is correct. Each correct answer is worth one point. No points are deducted for incorrect answers.

The test is divided into five subtests and assesses the following:
Subtest 1: Spelling
This subtest consists of 20 questions and is divided into two sections. In the first section, you must select the word that is misspelled in the list of words provided. In the second section, you must select the word that is spelled correctly in the list of words provided.
Subtest 2: Grammar
This subtest consists of 25 questions and is divided into two sections.

The first section has two types of questions.

In one type, you must select the option which improves the sentence or part of a sentence indicated in bold; in the other type, you must select the sentence that is grammatically correct.

In the second section, you are provided with an initial sentence and four rewritten sentences which have similar meanings. You must select the rewritten sentence that is most grammatically correct and which has exactly the same meaning as the original sentence.
Subtest 3: Vocabulary
This subtest consists of 25 questions and is divided into two sections. In the first section, you must select the word that has the same meaning as the word in bold. In the second section, you must select the word that best fits in the blank portion of a sentence.
Subtest 4: Punctuation and Capitalization
This subtest consists of 16 questions. You are given sentences that may contain incorrect use of punctuation or capitalization. Some sentences may contain multiple errors, some may contain a single error, and one sentence will contain no errors. You must select the sentence that is correct (no errors). Possible errors include incorrect usage or missing punctuation and/or capitalization.
Subtest 5: Sentence sequencing
This subtest consists of 20 questions. You are given four sentences, which you must organize in the most logical sequence to make a paragraph that has a clear meaning.

Results

You will receive a result of either non demonstrated, level 1, 2, or 3 on this test. The following table indicates test scores for the three levels:

Level 1 From 36 to 61
Level 2 From 62 to 83
Level 3 From 84 to 106

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