General Memory/Vocabulary Tips

  • Look and listen for the new words you are learning.
    Look out and listen for the new words when you are speaking to people, watching TV, or reading books and/or magazines.
  • Use new words to write sentences about yourself.
    Using new words in a personalised way is an excellent way to memorise them. Writing words down and using them in context will help you learn the meanings.
  • Try to remember your lessons without your books.
    A very good way to remember information is to try to remember it without your books. Test your memory by making notes and then checking them against your books.
  • Say the words out loud as you learn them.
    Record yourself saying the words out loud and then listen to the recording.
  • Look for connections between new words.
    You can do this by organising words into groups. For example, by topic, in pairs (with similar or opposite meanings), by word types (verb, noun, adjective etc).
  • Write words in a small notebook.
    Write news words in a notebook. Include an example sentence. Carry the notebook with you and use it to test yourself when you have some spare time: during your lunch break or waiting for the bus.
  • Use different learning techniques.
    Generally, we remember 20% of what we read; 30 % of what we hear; 40% of what we see; 50% of what we write or say and 60% of what we do. Try to use all of your senses.


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UK English Level Test (68 Questions)  

Cambridge First Certificate

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Business English Level Test (100 Questions)  –  Vocabulary of the UK (United Kingdom)


Quintessential Careers
A Job-hunting Etiquette Quiz

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Career Branding:
What’s the Value of Your Personal Brand?
A Quintessential Careers Quiz (22 questions)


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Vocabulary Size Test

A native English speaker with a 4-year college degree is able to understand about 20,000 words. For English as a Second Language (ESL) learners, a minimum of 10,000 words is necessary to score high on TOEFL, GRE and GMAT.
This 50 multiple-choice question Vocabulary Test is designed to test vocabulary size between 1,000 and 10,000. The average time to complete the test is about 15 minutes based on statistics of 5,000 users who have taken the test. Analysis of test results and recommended learning strategies will be presented.

Vocabulary QuizVocabulary Quiz

Test Your Vocabulary

How strong is your vocabulary?

Take our 10-question quiz to find out (and maybe learn some new words).

You can try it as often as you’d like (we have dozens of different versions).

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English Punctuation:  Commas

Comma Quiz

Essential skills

More Essential Skills Videos

Watch these videos to learn more about how Essential Skills are used in the workplace. The videos identify the key Essential Skills required in all jobs across Canada and provide examples of why these skills are important in the workplace.

Learn why Essential Skills are important when working with others.

[Transcript: Essential Skills for a Winning Team]

Learn how Essential Skills can help better meet workplace goals.

[Transcript: Essential Skills for Managing Change]

Learn how Essential Skills can help you adapt and succeed at work.

[Transcript: Essential Skills to Get Ahead]

Maybe you’d like to find out what skills you have. This information might influence your career or learning choices. Although this is an informal test, it will give you a good idea of how your skills match the ones described in more than 200 occupations posted at HRSDC’s Essential Skills site.
1. Print the SCORE SHEET.  You will need this to track your results.2. Read important information about your score.3. Select the Skill

  Reading text

  Document Use


what is TOWES?

What is TOWES

Across Canada, employers, educators, labour organizations and governments are working together to ensure that Canadians have the Essential Skills needed for full participation in home and community life.

TOWES – the Test of Workplace Essential Skills offers valid, reliable and effective assessments, curriculum and training support for organizations and individuals looking to assess and improve Essential Skills.

What are Essential Skills

Essential Skills are the skills needed to carry out everyday tasks for work, learning and life. They are not the technical skills required by a particular job; they are the skills applied in all occupations.


Essential Skills:

• help us to perform the tasks required by our occupation and other activities of daily life.

• provide us with a foundation to learn other skills.

• enhance our ability to adapt to change.

There are 9 Essential Skills:  Reading Text, Document Use, Numeracy, Writing, Thinking Skills, Oral Communication, Working With Others, Computer Use, and Continuous Learning.

TOWES assesses the first three skills, which are often referred to as adult literacy skills

Free Online Canadian Citizenship Practice Test 

Public Service Commission


Second Language Evaluation – SLE

SLE – Information for Candidates

Virtual Information Session about the Test of Oral Proficiency in the Second Official Language

These videos have been developed to explain to candidates, in simple and dynamic terms, the second language requirements in the Canadian federal public service and how they are evaluated.

The video files below are in Windows Media Player format.

Segment 1 of 3

Segment 2 of 3

Segment 3 of 3

Careers in the federal public service for Canadian Citizens


Information for Canadians:

Public Service Commission


Canadians looking for employment in the federal public service

Applicant testing and assessment

Information on the most commonly used tests, including the General Administration Test (GAT), the General Competency Test (GCT), and the Office Skills Test (OST), is available on the PSC Web site

  • Skill tests: your specific skills, such as typing or welding are assessed
  • Role playing: you are asked to play a particular role, such as a supervisor, to show how you interact with others
  • Work samples: you have the opportunity to show examples of your past work
  • Reference checks: your references may be contacted to confirm your background

Office Skills Test (OST) Test

The OST Practice Test

The practice test has 50 questions similar to those found in the official test and the same five sub-tests, each offering 10 questions similar to those on the OST. The instructions on how to answer the questions are the same.

Note that the sub-tests time limits in the test are longer than those in the practice test because the test contains more questions than the practice test. You should spend exactly 32 minutes writing the practice test.

Sub-test Official Test (minutes) Practice Test (minutes)
1. Filing 4 3
2. Arithmetic 13 9
3. Checking 3 2
4. Vocabulary 5 3
5. Following Directions 22 15
Total 47 32

Each practice sub-test includes a specific set of instructions. Read these instructions carefully, taking all the time you need and make sure you understand how to answer the questions before beginning the sub-test. We recommend that you complete the practice sub-tests one after another, as in the official test.

Because the OST practice test is interactive, you will be able to submit your test for scoring by pressing the “Score” button.

You will also be able to see how much time you took to do each sub-test you submit. By comparing the time you took with the time recommended, you will be able to gauge whether you are working at an appropriate pace.

Note: Except for the “Instructions”, do not visit other web pages, once you begin the practice test.  If you visit other web pages you will lose all the answers you provided up to that point and you will have to restart the practice test.

OST Practice Test 1: Filing (10 Questions)

OST Practice Test 2: Arithmetic (10 Questions)

OST Practice Test 3 – Checking (10 Questions)

OST Practice Test 4 – Vocabulary (10 Questions)

OST Practice Test 5 – Following Directions (10 Questions)

End of Sub-test 5 and Office Skills Test (OST) Practice Test

If you prefer, you can print the test and compare your answers to the answer sheet.

PSC Tests

including SLE (Second Language Evaluation) tests

Tests by level

Tests for administrative support level

Tests for officer level

Tests for management level


See also

List of admission tests to colleges and universities

United States and Canada

SJT – (Situational Judgement Tests)

Sample Situations

Questions 1 and 2

This morning, you found a fax in your in-box that seems to concern a colleague’s home business. She normally does not use the fax for business purposes.

Q.1  The most effective response to this situation would be:

Q.2  The least effective response to this situation would be:

  1. Politely, tell your co-worker that you will inform the manager the next time you catch her using office resources for private business.
  2. Report the incident to the manager.
  3. Put the fax in the manager’s mailbox without saying anything to anyone.
  4. Put the fax in your co-worker’s mailbox without saying anything to anyone.
  5. Give the fax to your co-worker and remind her that office equipment is not supposed to be used for personal use.

Questions 3 and 4

You and a co-worker are working on a complex project that demands a great deal of effort from both of you. Your co-worker is frequently absent as a result of burnout and stress from his personal problems. You do not know much about the circumstances, nor have you known him for long. Your co-worker contributes very little to the project, and, as a result, you are putting in an excessive amount of overtime in order to keep the project moving ahead. You feel that your health may begin to suffer if you continue to work as many hours.

Q.3  The most effective response to this situation would be:

Q.4  The least effective response to this situation would be:

  1. Ask other co-workers to help you manage your workload.
  2. Raise the issue with your manager and request additional help to ensure that the project is completed on schedule.
  3. Meet with your co-worker to request that he does his share of the work.
  4. Continue to put in overtime to keep the project moving ahead.
  5. Offer to help your co-worker deal with his personal problems.

SJT Sample Situations – Answers   

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. garrymoore
    Nov 24, 2011 @ 03:24:33

    hi to all lamius.wordpress.comers this is my frst post and thought i would say hi –
    thank yous speak soon
    g moore


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