Taking Notes During The Police Constable Online Assessment Exercises

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Since the launch of the online assessment process in May 2020, used by police forces in England and Wales, plenty of questions have been raised by applicants seeking to become police constables. Something we are asked regularly is what is and isn’t allowed with regards to taking notes during the police constable online assessment exercises. Specifically, during both the written exercise and the briefing exercise.

Keep reading to find out exactly what’s permitted.

Taking Notes During The Online Assessment Written Exercise

During the written exercise you will take on the role of a constable and you are required to create a report addressing several issues using a message from your sergeant plus four accompanying documents.

What happen’s during the online assessment written exercise?

First, you will be provided with all of the information required to complete the exercise. Begin by reading the information and forming a plan for your answer.

Once you have started the exercise it must be completed in one sitting – you cannot take a break and come back it later.

Once you have read, and understood, the assignment you can begin composing your answer. For the written exercise your answer must be presented in written form by typing your response.

How long does the online assessment written exercise take?

During the written exercise you are permitted 40 minutes to read the information provided, though it is expected that this will usually take no longer than 10 minutes.

When answering the exercise you are permitted a further 2 hours, though it is expected this will usually take around 40 minutes.

Can I take notes during the online assessment written exercise?

Throughout the preparation phase of the exercise you are permitted to take notes. However, all notes must be typed into the notes area of the software you are answering via.

You can refer to these notes at anytime during the answering phase.

Before submitting your answer you are required to delete any notes you have made.

IMPORTANT: You CANNOT use any external resources during this exercise, only notes you have made during the preparation phase.

Taking Notes During The Online Assessment Briefing Exercise

During the briefing exercise you will take on the role of a constable addressing concerns within the community.

What happen’s during the online assessment briefing exercise?

This exercise is completed in three stages. First, you will be provided with the initial information which you should read and understand. You will then be asked a series of four questions, one at a time. After each question is posed you will provide you answer, then the next question will be asked.

After you have answered the four questions you will receive new information relating to the initial material. This may reinforce or alter your previous view on the situation. You will then answer another four questions, again one at a time.

Finally, you will receive one further update and again answer four subsequent questions.

For the briefing exercise your answers must be presented verbally using a camera and microphone.

How long does the online assessment briefing exercise take?

The briefing exercise is set out as follows:

Preparation phase – 10 minutes (this is when you read the initial information and this part of the exercise is not assessed.

First set of questions – after each question you will have 60 seconds to consider and plan your answer followed by three minutes to present your answer.

This repeats for both new sets of information and the corresponding questions.

Can I take notes during the online assessment briefing exercise?

Throughout the preparation phase of the exercise you are permitted to take notes, which must be handwritten.

You can refer to these notes at anytime during the answering phase.

You may wish to take care when referring to any notes you have made as excessively referring to a paper may raise suspicions to the assessors.

IMPORTANT: You CANNOT use any external resources during this exercise, only notes you have made during the preparation phase.

Online Assessment Exercises: Practice Tests

These exercises are still relatively new and, understandably, can be very daunting if you’re not sure what to expect.

That’s why we have created a series of practice exercises so you can familiarise yourself with what to expect and really hone your skills to ensure you get top marks.

Not only do we cover exactly what the assessors are looking for in terms of the competencies you must demonstrate, we have also included full suggested answers to every exercise to show how you can illustrate that you possess the required skills and behaviours.

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We hope this has answered all of your questions about taking notes during the police constable online assessment exercises but please do leave a comment below if there’s anything else you need help with.

Don’t forget, we have an excellent YouTube channel with videos covering all aspects on the online assessment process.

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