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To become a Police officer you must pass a series of assessments and exercises, to demonstrate your qualities and values. The assessments include: a numerical test, a verbal reasoning test, and two report writing exercises. The most effective way to prepare for these style of exams is to try out practice test questions.

This 250-page ‘Police Tests’ guide has been written by a former police recruiter, and is packed full with 100s of sample test questions that will help you pass your Police officer exams.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, police recruitment has moved over to a new online assessment process for all police constable applicants, which is likely to be followed until the end of 2020. This workbook contains practice material for both the SEARCH and the NEW Online Assessment Process style assessment tests. 

Inside this testing resource you will also find sample test questions, answers and explanations for the new online assessment process. Including: situational judgement tests, written exercises and briefing exercises.


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How2Become’s testing resource has been updated to include the latest police recruitment information, and sample questions for the new online assessment process, introduced in May 2020 by the College of Policing. The new online police assessment process includes the following: a situational judgement test (SJT), video interview (competency and values based), a written exercise, and briefing exercise.


Before we tell you more about how our resource will help you to pass the police assessments, let’s first recap on what the tests actually involve:

This guide was updated in May 2020 to coincide with the College of Policing launching the online assessment process. This was due to the social distancing restrictions caused by the global pandemic. The OAP includes a situational judgement test, a written exercise, and a briefing exercise. As the government wanted to continue its pledge to recruit 20,000 new police officers, the OAP provided a safe and efficient model to continue the recruitment campaign. The OAP in many cases replaced the Police assessments, (formerly the Police Initial Recruitment Tests), a series of exams consisting of 2 main types of psychometric tests; a numerical ability test and a verbal ability test. Both tests are multiple choice questions that you will take in an exercise room alongside other candidates.

Although all police services currently use the online assessment process, some forces also adopt a further layer of testing with the Verbal and numerical ability tests.

Learn how to pass the Police entrance exam with our 250-page comprehensive guide that contains masses of sample test questions for both the OAP and the police recruitment tests!


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OAP – STAGe 1 – Situational Judgement test

The  situational judgement TEST is the first stage of the online assessment process. Please note, not all of the forces use this stage. If you do participate in this test it will consist of 12 scenario questions each with four possible solutions. Your task is to choose the option which best reflects what you would do faced with the scenario. The test will last for a maximum of 120 minutes.

OAP – Stage 3a – Police Written Exercise

During the wRITTEN EXERCISE , you assume the role of a police constable and you will be required to undertake a task which focuses on an issue within the community.  You will be provided with a brief of the situation and a number of supporting documents to assist you. The test will last up to 40 minutes and must be completed in one sitting.

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The BRIEFING EXERCISE is the final stage of the online assessment process and will last for approximately 46 minutes, this is split into two phases 10 minutes preparation, where you once again assume the role of a police constable. During the 10 minute preparation stage you will be presented with a scenario and supporting documents which you must study to help you answer the questions in the next phase.

During the next stage of the exercise, you will need to answer 4 questions relating to the scenario. The tricky part of this exercise is; after you have answered the first four questions, you will receive further information and be asked a further four questions, this will happen on two occasions. Once all twelve questions have been answered this will signal the end of the test.


THE VERBAL ABILITY TEST IS designed to examine your ability to extract the correct information from a passage of text or scenario. Each question will have three possible answers: true, false or impossible to say. Your task is to mark each answer if you believe it is true, false or impossible to say based on what you have read. A vital  tip for this test is to remember to only go by what is written in the passage and not what you know to be true in reality. The test will consist of 28 questions and you will have 30 minutes ti complete.

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The NUMERICAL ABILITY TEST  is used to assess how effectively you can work with different numerical concepts. During this particular test you will have 30 minutes in which to answer 28 questions. The majority of questions you will face will be presented to you in a table or graph format. You will be tested on a  number of different mathematical concepts such as

  • Percentages
  • Ratios
  • Averages
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division

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During this exercise you will be required to make your recommendations in response to a complaint or incident in the community. Once you have viewed the complaint/scenario, your task is to create a report which is logical, and well constructed. It is vital that during this exercise you take extra care with your grammar, spelling and punctuation as the assessors will be looking for mistakes.


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Sample Police Officer Test Questions

To help you get a better understanding of the police officer selection tests, let’s take a quick look at a few sample questions.


Susan has 10 coins and gives 5 of them to Steven and the remainder to Alan. Alan gives 3 of his coins to Steven who in turn gives half of his back to Susan. How many is Susan left with?

Susan is left with 4 coins.

10 – 10 = 0
3 + 5 = 8
8 ÷ 2 = 4


“A factory fire at ‘Stevenage Supplies’ was arson, the police have confirmed. A man was seen running away from the scene shortly before the fire started. Earlier that day a man was sacked from the company for allegedly stealing money from the safe. The incident is the second one to occur at the factory in as many months.”


1. Police have confirmed that the fire at the factory was arson.
2. The man who was seen running away from the fire was the man who started the fire.
3. One previous ‘fire-related’ incident has already occurred at the factory.
4. The man who was sacked from the factory may have started the fire.

1. True
2. Impossible to say
3. True
4. True

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You are policing a local shopping centre. As you are walking past a clothing shop on the top floor, a man comes running past you at full speed. He knocks into you and falls to the ground. As he falls, he drops the bag in his hand, and a t-shirt falls out. You notice that the t-shirt still has the magnetic store tag on it.

Man: ‘Sorry mate, didn’t see you there! Must dash!’

Select the answer option that best describes how you would react in the situation presented.

  1. Help the man to his feet, apologise for knocking him over, put the t-shirt back in his bag for him and wish him a good day.
  2. Help the man to his feet and examine the t-shirt. Place him under arrest, then conduct a stop and search for a receipt for the t-shirt and question the man on where he got it from.
  3. Ask the man to come with you to the security office, so that you can investigate further. Explain to him that this is a precautionary step.
  4. Pin the man to the floor and proceed to arrest him.

3. Ask the man to come with you to the security office, so that you can investigate further. Explain to him that this is a precautionary step.

Explanation: The reason that this answer is efficient, is that you are taking all of the necessary steps to resolve the issue, including explaining to the man why you have taken this course of action.


Read all of the information provided, and then respond to the complaint letter:

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Dear Mrs Smith,

I am very sorry to hear that you are unhappy with the new police initiative, and the way that your son has been treated. The central aim of the police is to ensure that every single person feels safe, comfortable and secure, and therefore it is of great disappointment to me that you do not feel this has been accomplished. However, I do disagree with a number of your points. I will address each of these individually below:

First of all, you have claimed that you had no opportunity to give feedback on these changes. This is not the case. On the 4th May there was a town council meeting, to which all of the shop owners on North Ficshire High Street were invited. During this meeting all of the new changes were discussed, and attendees were given the chance to voice their opinions or concerns. I would like to assure you that the police operate with maximum transparency – our aim is to serve you and provide you with a safer place to live and work.

Secondly, I would like to dispute your claim that the increased numbers of officers in the area have detracted from the customer base. We have a number of references from other shop owners, who work in very close proximity to your own store, demonstrating that their sales figures and customer numbers have increased as a result of these changes. While I appreciate your view that having large numbers of officers in the area can make North Ficshire look a little intimidating, I believe that this is a marked improvement on the intimidation that violence and crime can bring.

Furthermore, I am confident that our officers always conduct themselves in a polite and non-threatening manner, presenting a warm and friendly approach to the public.

Thirdly, your claims about your son are incorrect. I have taken the time to look through the case report from your son’s stop and search, and I have full confidence that the officer who conducted the search did so with the appropriate authority and justification. Your son was behaving in an aggressive way, and therefore this search was completely warranted.

The new police initiative was brought in to bring peace and security to shop owners and members of the public on North Ficshire High Street. Although it is still early, our crime and data statistics indicate that there has been a marked decrease in the number of serious crimes committed since we introduced this, and therefore we are confident that we can achieve our aims.

If you do wish to provide any further feedback, then I am more than happy to accommodate for this, and would welcome any constructive comments based on our police department moving forward.

Yours sincerely,

PC Briggs.


Read the below brief that you have received from your Sergeant:

Yesterday we received the 8th call this week, was from a shop owner in Ficshire Town Square. Ms Booth, was approached by a large group of teenagers – who have begun loitering in the square – as she left her boutique on a Tuesday afternoon to get some lunch. The group surrounded Ms Booth and demanded she buy them alcohol from the nearby convenience store or they would throw a brick through her shop window.

  1. Highlight the issues the community are facing.
  2. What concerns will this raise within the community?
  3. What can be done to reduce these incidents?
  4. What are the risks to yourself policing this incident?
  5. What are your recommendations for addressing the issues?

In your responses for questions 1-5 points you could have covered:

  • Teenagers are behaving anti-socially and intimidating shop owners in the square.
  • Potentially underage teenagers are seeking an adult to purchase alcohol for them.
  • The negative affect of this is people may become scared to shop in the Town Square for fear of being threatened or intimidated.
  • Where else could the teenagers hang out? Is there a more suitable location?
  • Extra patrols through the Town Square could act as a deterrent for the teenagers.
  • When resolving issues with a group or individuals who are known to be hostile you must be aware of, and factor in, your own safety and that of your colleagues as well as the public’s. Recommending patrols are carried out in pairs will reduce the risk of a constable entering a dangerous situation by themselves.


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