Ask the CBSA!

Discuss the educational and physical requirements, testing process and background phase involved in the hiring process. Includes the experiences and advice of current and past applicants. All agency application related questions belong here.

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LargeFarva
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Re: Ask the CBSA! Practice Test Services

Postby LargeFarva » Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:28 pm

Tornelco wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:49 pm
LargeFarva wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:51 pm
With the OTEE test coming up shortly and I am wondering if anyone has used practice services like cognitive results or public service prep? Is the content worth the cost? Yes I know if I pass it is definitely worth it, I just don't want to spend that much and not feel like it helped.
Police prep is definitely a good resource to use. Make sure you use multiple different agency's exams like the RCMP exam and the Alberta Police Exam. Most police agencies are all testing for similar stuff, so their questions won't vary as much. I've personally taken police aptitude exams and noticed all similar questions. Every exam does have its own uniqueness as well so don't think otherwise.
I notice Police prep just recycles the same questions regardless of practice test. Has anyone used any other services? Thank you for your advice, anything is better than nothing lol.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby RugerBlue26 » Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:35 am

Hello (:

I am applying to be an SBSO for Summer 2019. Got an email a week ago saying that I passed my interviews and such, and if I pass my security interview, and as vacancies arrive, I may be offered a position.

Does anyone have any idea if vacancies will arrive? Do I have a good shot at getting the position if I passed my medical and all I have left is to be security cleared? Thanks!
SBSO PRA
Applied: Nov 28, 2018
OTEE: Jan 8, 2019 [PASSED, Feb 1, 2019]
Interview: Jan 15, 2019 [PASSED, Feb 26, 2019]
Security: Feb 12, 2019
Medical: Mar 8, 2019

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby sbchnn » Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:54 pm

Hi All!

Does anyone possibly know the passing mark for OTEE? many people on this forum who passed said that they have 85% or just a "pass". I've been doing some test on the public service prep and getting around 70%. Please give me a scout if anyone knows!!
BC Applicant
Applied: April 12, 2018
GCT2 & WCPT: July 17, 2018 - Failed

Applied: February 03, 2019
OTEE: March 11-15, 2019

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Tornelco » Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:12 pm

EDIT NVM

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby JoshG » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:52 pm

Is there often overtime available at ports?
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CBSA:
Applied: Dec 2016
GCT2/WCPT: Apr 2017
Interview: Jan 2018
Sec. Clearance: Nov 2018
Psych test: Mar 2018
Psych interview: Mar 2018
Medical: Aug 2018
PARE: Sept 2018
Security Interview: Nov 2018

OITP: May 2019
Rigaud: July 2019

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby kungfucious0_0 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:49 am

delete post. please disregard
Last edited by kungfucious0_0 on Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:39 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby PiknPanda » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:54 am

Nicholas1989 wrote:
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:30 pm


“You must complete your exam in one sitting.”

“Special Instructions:
· Candidates must complete the test within the time frame indicated above;”


“After receiving your confirmation, you will receive a separate e-mail from the EPSI group containing an access code and link to the OTEE. You must complete the test within the time frame indicated above. *Note: Once you start the test, you must complete it within the 2.5 hours (150 minutes) allotted.”
Back to the references above, did you find out if missing a few questions towards to end of the exam automatically disqualifies you? In other words, if you run out of time but have enough right answers to pass, do you still get screened out?

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Hopeful-1 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:36 am

kungfucious0_0 wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:49 am
sbchnn wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:54 pm
Hi All

EDIT

There is no percentage passing mark really. What you need to pass is you have to score a minimum of 6/10 for the 4 competencies listed on the CBSA website. You could score 10/10 on 3 competencies and 5/10 on the 4th and that would be a fail or you score 6/10 on all 4 and pass.......so in reality percentages mean nothing and when people post their scores they are just averaging it out.
Rigaud - Aug 2017 - withdrawl injured during UoF training

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby lastsamurai » Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:36 pm

After test,when will I know the result?how long?

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Ottawa1 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:33 pm

Hey guys,

Just a question to my fellow BSO's on this forum. On your Resume/CV, did you include your time at Rigaud in your 'Professional Experience'. I'm editing/updating my CV right now and it almost looks like I have a several-month gap in my job experience.

Also, is there anywhere online where I could find a well-articulated, succinct, point-form definition of the roles and tasks of a BSO? How did you guys describe the job on your resumes?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Hockey1992 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:39 am

Hi, I’m super new to this forum just have read through the threads in the past but I am in the CBSA hiring process and I was wondering if anyone had an idea when the next intake might be? I am booked for my psych evaluation in April and then I’m assuming I will need to complete my medical and then security checks. Should I be expecting Riguad this year if I’m accepted?

Thank you for any information!

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Hopeful-1 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:25 pm

Hockey1992 wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:39 am
Hi, I’m super new to this forum just have read through the threads in the past but I am in the CBSA hiring process and I was wondering if anyone had an idea when the next intake might be? I am booked for my psych evaluation in April and then I’m assuming I will need to complete my medical and then security checks. Should I be expecting Riguad this year if I’m accepted?

Thank you for any information!
I can only speak from my experience but I received my security clearance in May and got my invite to Rigaud in June for Aug class. Again only my experience, it varies greatly for everyone.
Rigaud - Aug 2017 - withdrawl injured during UoF training

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby CNYEG » Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:25 pm

Hopeful-1 wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:25 pm
Hockey1992 wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:39 am
Hi, I’m super new to this forum just have read through the threads in the past but I am in the CBSA hiring process and I was wondering if anyone had an idea when the next intake might be? I am booked for my psych evaluation in April and then I’m assuming I will need to complete my medical and then security checks. Should I be expecting Riguad this year if I’m accepted?

Thank you for any information!
I can only speak from my experience but I received my security clearance in May and got my invite to Rigaud in June for Aug class. Again only my experience, it varies greatly for everyone.

When did you submit your security papers?
CBSA Application:

Applied: Sept, 2018
OTEE: Oct, 2018
PARE: Nov, 2018
Interview: Nov, 2018

Psych Evaluation: April, 2019
Medical Evaluation:
Security Clearance:
OITP:
Rigaud:

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Hopeful-1 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:33 pm

CNYEG wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:25 pm
Hopeful-1 wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:25 pm
Hockey1992 wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:39 am
Hi, I’m super new to this forum just have read through the threads in the past but I am in the CBSA hiring process and I was wondering if anyone had an idea when the next intake might be? I am booked for my psych evaluation in April and then I’m assuming I will need to complete my medical and then security checks. Should I be expecting Riguad this year if I’m accepted?

Thank you for any information!
I can only speak from my experience but I received my security clearance in May and got my invite to Rigaud in June for Aug class. Again only my experience, it varies greatly for everyone.

When did you submit your security papers?
November the previous year with security interview the following Feb.
Rigaud - Aug 2017 - withdrawl injured during UoF training

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Hockey1992 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:46 pm

Hopeful-1 wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:33 pm
CNYEG wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:25 pm
Hopeful-1 wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:25 pm


I can only speak from my experience but I received my security clearance in May and got my invite to Rigaud in June for Aug class. Again only my experience, it varies greatly for everyone.

When did you submit your security papers?
November the previous year with security interview the following Feb.
I haven’t submitted any security papers yet, just have to do the Psych Evaluation and then do the follow up interview with them and wait for those results to see if I am successful. I was just curious how many intakes they take per year. I know it’s a waiting game but once you’re in you really have to be prepared for that email. I just was hoping to see if anyone had some insight if there’s a good chance I could be going to Riguad this year. I’ve heard with other applicants that the security check can take some time.

Thanks for the replies!


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