Application Process Step 3

step 3

Step 3 is writing you CFAT (Canadian Forces Aptitude Test), which will determine whether or not you are suited for the careers you selected in your application. Or it may determine you’re better suited for a job you didn’t even select.  The test is designed to assess your verbal, spatial and problem-solving skills.The test is all multiple choice and you have 45 mins to complete the it. It consists of 60 questions broken down into 3 parts:

  • Verbal skills (15 questions, 5 minute limit to finish)
  • Spatial ability (15 questions, 10 minute limit to finish)
  • Problem solving (30 questions, 30 minute limit to finish)

The aptitude test is a standardized test, designed to test and rank very specific abilities; part of it tests your ability to answer the questions under certain conditions. Because of that, they can’t offer accommodations, such as letting you use a calculator, have additional time, or read questions aloud, as that would prevent them from gaining an accurate measurement of specific skills.

They have created a practice test which is available ton their site here. It gives you a sense of what the questions are like and how long you will need to finish, so you won’t be nervous when you write the test. Remember, no calculators so time to brush up on those math skills! I actually did pretty well on the practice test, so I’m not too concerned.

On the day of the test, you need to bring in your documents that were mentioned in the previous step. Without those documents they can’t process your application and you’re stuck in limbo. Make sure to be well rested an arrive with plenty of time to spare. It looks good if you show up 10-15 mins early as opposed to with just seconds to spare. You’re applying for a job, you need to show that you really want this and punctuality is very important.

Here’s a list of additional tips about the test:

  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Listen carefully and, if you have any questions, ask before starting the test.
  • Read all questions completely and carefully.
  • Don’t spend too much time on one question. Pick the answer that seems right and keep going. If you have time left at the end, come back to it.
  • Make sure the question you are answering is the same number as the one on the answer sheet.

Some of you may be wondering, “if I fail, can I rewrite the test?” Rewriting the test is only allowed in certain conditions. If you don’t pass, you can request to rewrite the test after 3 months. You will only be allowed to write the test a third time if you provide proof that you are registered in a college or university program, and that you are passing courses without difficulty.

UPDATE: I just got an e-mail from the Canadian Forces! They got my application! I can now schedule to write my CFAT!


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