To obtain work in the public service in Canada, it is necessary to certify your level of English by taking the federal government's English language test. This test consists of three parts: a listening test, a writing test and a reading test. Before you register, find out how to prepare effectively for the Public Service English Test in Canada.
Before taking the federal government English exam in Canada, it is recommended that you find out your own level of English. Of course, it is difficult to self-assess, but knowing your level will tell you if you have a lot of progress to make before the exam or if you just need some practice.
You can first check where you stand according to the 6 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (or CEFR) by taking an online assessment. Also check which level your employer requires for the job you are applying for! Depending on the results, you will know whether you need to improve your oral or written English.
So as not to be taken by surprise on the day of the exam, find out what documents you need to bring with you and, above all, how the different tests will be run. The second language evaluation in the public service focuses on both oral and written comprehension and expression. As the test progresses, the difficulty of the questions increases.
The Listening and Speaking Test begins with questions about work and other activities that are familiar to you. You are then assessed on your level of comprehension by listening to audio recordings. Finally, you will have to make a short presentation and then manage to maintain a long conversation with your assessor.
During the written expression test, you will be required to read and understand various text formats (such as e-mails, letters, reports, etc.) and answer 65 questions to demonstrate your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary necessary for writing.
Finally, you will have 90 minutes to complete the Reading Comprehension Test, which tests your ability to understand English texts.
By taking this test, the government wants to make sure that you are able to understand the content of a complex text, communicate clearly with an Anglophone, or express an opinion accurately in writing and orally. These are skills that are easy to review in online courses.
If you feel that you need to improve or test your English skills, feel free to take some online courses with an English teacher. The teacher will be able to point out what you need to correct and can direct you to exercises or articles to read in order to prepare you for the federal government English exam. In addition, these courses are completely customizable according to your level, but also according to your interests: it will be more enjoyable to talk about a subject you are passionate about in order to prepare for the exam.
And if you want to make the most of your chances, review your English between online courses with the Babbel application.