College of Policing Tests

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About College of Policing Tests

The College of Policing looks for employees for the position of Police Constable with a high ability to appropriately prioritise work and handle day-to-day tasks. Applicants have to pass a battery of reasoning tests, a competency-based structured interview, and four interactive exercises before being offered a position.

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The College of Policing use the following tests in their selection process for Police Constables:

  • Numerical Reasoning Test
  • Verbal Reasoning Test
  • Competency-Based Structured Interview
  • Four interactive exercises

The College of Policing use a battery of tests both fair and objective in order to assess a wide range of applicants, each having different experiences and different qualifications. By analysing the results of a standardised tests, the College of Policing are able to quickly see which candidates are suitable for the role and which are not. This sort of information about candidates’ skills is difficult to glean from interviews and qualifications alone, so they use professional psychometric tests.

These tests will be taken during as assessment centre day, where you will not only take the reasoning tests, but also have a structured interview, and a series of exercises like ones you can find here at our assessment centre pack. This is so the College of Policing can verify the person scoring highly in the test is indeed the person applying for the job.

College of Policing Application Process Stages

Stage 1

Competency-Based Structured Interview

You will need to complete a competency-based structured interview, in which you will be asked four questions, lasting for a total of 20 minutes.

Stage 2

Numerical and Verbal Ability Test

You will need to take a numerical ability tests lasting 23 minutes, and a verbal ability lasting 30 minutes..

Stage 3

Interactive Exercises

You will have to take four interactive exercises, each lasting about 10 minutes each.

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Day One Recruit Assessment Centre

Between April 2018 and October 2019, various Police forces across England and Wales will be trialling a new type of assessment centre. The Day One Recruit Assessment Centre. Note: the College of Policing is not responsible for the running of this new format.

Answered questions

Are these tests suitable for the Police SEARCH Recruit Assessment Centre?

Yes. The College of Policing use reasoning tests to assess applicants in the recruitment process. The practice tests we provide have been designed to mimic these reasoning tests to create an environment similar to the real assessment. This provides you with confidence that the questions you practice with us now are an accurate reflection of the real assessment.

How difficult are your tests?

The same difficulty as real tests. Generally real employer selection tests don't differ that much in terms of difficulty which is why they compare your score against norm groups. Our practice tests are pitched roughly at graduate level, but this means they are actually suitable for preparing for all levels of job: entry; apprentice; graduate; senior; director.

Are they compatible with my Mac / Tablet / Phone?

Yes, and PC, and Linux and smartphone and Android and...everything. Our practice tests will run on all systems and they are responsive so they will work well on tablets and smartphones too!

How many times can I take the tests?

Unlimited. You can take our practice tests as many times as you like; there is no limit. But to be honest, after taking the same test a few times you start to remember the answers, so that’s why we have lots of tests.