WHAT ARE THE POST TESTS?
The Prison Service is very careful about the way in which they process applications for the role of Prison Officer. As you can imagine, it takes a special kind of person to be able to deal effectively with the situations that a Prison Officer will ﬁnd him/herself in on a daily basis.
The selection process is designed to assess whether or not you have the right qualities to carry out the role competently. Below you will see an outline of how the selection process works.
RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS
You can usually apply to become a prison ofﬁcer online via the website http://www.justice.gov.uk. From this website you can also search for Prison Officer jobs in your preferred area.
If you meet the minimum eligibility requirements, your application will be acknowledged by email as soon as you submit it. You will then be invited to sit an online version of the Prison Officer Selection Test, which is more commonly referred to as the POST.
PRISON OFFICER SELECTION TESTS
Once your application has been accepted you will be sent a link via email to take an electronic online version of the Prison Officer Selection Test (POST). This stage of the POST consists of numerical tests, comprising of a number of work sample exercises. You won’t, however, require any prior knowledge of
If successful at the online POST stage, you will then be invited to attend the Recruitment Assessment Day (RAD).
The Recruitment Assessment Day has been designed to test several elements that are needed in the Prison Officer role – these include:
4 role-play simulations, each lasting a maximum of ten minutes. The scenarios that you will encounter during the role-plays are usually non-prison based. However they are similar to situations you could face as a Prison Officer.
As part of the Recruitment Assessment Day you will also be required to complete a shorter paper-based version of the online POST that you previously sat.
The second element of your Recruitment Assessment Day Prison Officer Selection Test is a paper-based language test, which includes some observational skills questions that assess the following key areas:
- Completing forms and reading information;
- Checking information for errors and discrepancies;
- Carrying out written observations of seen information.
Here’s what you’ll get in the Prison Officer Suite:
Numerical Reasoning Test 01
Numerical Reasoning Test 02
Numerical Reasoning Test 03
Numerical Reasoning Test 04
Numerical Reasoning Test 05
Spatial Reasoning Test 01
Spatial Reasoning Test 02
Spatial Reasoning Test 03
Spatial Reasoning Test 04
Spatial Reasoning Test 05
Spatial Reasoning Test 06
Understanding Information Test 01
Understanding Information Test 02
Understanding Information Test 03
Verbal Reasoning Test 01
Verbal Reasoning Test 02
Verbal Reasoning Test 03
Recalling Visual Information Test 01
Recalling Visual Information Test 02
Recalling Visual Information Test 03
Recalling Visual Information Test 04
Applying Rules Test 01
Working With Numbers Test 01
Working With Numbers Test 02
Working With Numbers Test 03
Working With Numbers Test 04
Working With Numbers Test 05
Working With Numbers Test 06
Working With Numbers Test 07
Working With Numbers Test 08
Working With Numbers Test 09
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