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NT Prone Hold

Abdominal and Core Strength (Prone Bridge Hold)

The information presented here is not designed to substitute professional medical advice. Consult a doctor before starting any physical activity or training program and seek medical advice if you feel pain during a training session.

NT Police have a very particular standard of abdominal and core strength.

Basically, you lie on the floor face down supported by your toes and forearms. This picture indicates the correct position. (Update: the difference from this photo is that you now have to have your PALMS flat on the ground - not in a fist)

You must hold this position as long as you can. Whilst there is no minimum standard, we note that other state police services that use this test - such as Victoria - require a minimum of 60 seconds hold.

Your final time will be recorded when you move your arms or feet OR if you raise or lower your body out of the straight bridge position.

So when you practice this, get someone to watch you, or use your phone camera to video yourself and make sure that your feet DO NOT MOVE and that you're keeping your body straight.

CLICK HERE FOR AN ADDITIONAL ABDOMINAL STRENGTH TRAINING PROGRAM

NT Push ups

Push Up Test

You will be required to complete your MAXIMUM number of push ups on your testing day.

Watch the video below for tips on preparing for this test.

Note in this video I refer to going further than 90 degrees. However, the NT Police standard is now to a 90 degree bend in the elbow. Having said that, physical instructors sometimes have warped opinions on what 90 degrees looks like. So it's worth while practising just a 'little bit lower' so that if they ask you to go further down on the day, then you're prepared.

Again, you will be provided a demonstration on the day of the required technique. Make sure you pay attention to this and replicate it exactly to ensure passing this test.

This test will likely be conducted to a cadence of one push up every two seconds. You may fail the test if you:

  • Break posture (the flat line of your body), move feet or hands.

Watch the video below for additional tips on preparing for this test.

Visit this link below for an additional free resource on increasing your push up count.

http://hundredpushups.com/

(This is an external website and is not affiliated with Police Preparation Australia. Remember to consult a medical professional before conducting any physical fitness training program)

NT Beep Test

Beep Test Training

Otherwise known as the 'Shuttle Run' or 'Multi-stage Fitness Test' this assessment is an international standard of your cardiovascular endurance (VO2 MAX).

You will run a 20 metre shuttle backwards and forwards in time to a cadence of beeps. If you get out of synch with the 'beeps' you will be given a warning (verbal). After two warnings, any additional breach will terminate your test.

It is comforting to know that everyone 'fails' this test as you are being tested to failure. You will run as long as you can keep up with the beeps!

The world record is level 17. However, a competitive score would likely be somewhere above level 9 or 10.

As a reference, other state police recruitment process usually require a minimum somewhere between level 7 and level 10.  But there is no 'minimum' standard for NT. But don't let this fool you into failing to prepare. Doing your best means preparing with thorough training and rehearsal.

Note that you need to wait for each beep to start each shuttle. So you can't 'get ahead' early on. In fact you will almost be walking at the very early levels which are deceptively slow.

Remember that the audio track will announce the level / stage that you about to start. So if you hear the level required, remember that you still need to run at least one more length! Don't fail by one level!

Watch the video below for more tips on practicing and improving your beep test performance.

(You can download the beep test under the video)

SA Mock Exam 1

SA Mock Exam 1

This Mock Exam is designed to simulate your TAFE SA Exam under similar length of question types in similar time pressure. 

There are four elements to this mock exam.

1. Reading and Comprehension (25 minutes) 

2. Writing Test (40 minutes) 

3. Spelling Test (15 minutes) 

4. Numerical Test (25 minutes)

Note that you would still have a Formatting Test and Typing test in the real exam, but these tasks are available for preparation in another area of your training resources.

You will see a timer displayed in the bottom left of your screen during each part. Once this timer expires you can decided whether or not to finish your work. It is there to simulate the time pressure of an exam, but it will not automatically close the page.

Please remember, that Police Preparation Australia is not affiliated with SAPOL or TAFESA and the actual exam is subject to change at anytime.

(Starting the exam will start your timer so make sure you're ready as soon as you click the button.)

SA Numerical Reasoning

SA Police Numeracy Test

The TAFE SA Numerical test will likely contain a range of maths based questions including:

- Mental Arithmetic

- Word based maths problems

- Number Sequences

- Number Patterns

In any case, you are required to quickly comprehend the problem, understand the exact question and then choose the correct solution.

The questions may be a mix of multiple choice and specific answer. The latter meaning you have to type in the exact number answer.

For the multiple choice aspect the elimination method can help.

This means that if you can't quickly determine the EXACT answer, then making an estimation may help you eliminate unlikely options and then make a better guess based on the remaining choices.

Alternatively you may be able to estimate the mathematics and then choose the closest option presented.

The following training quizzes will give you an idea of your current level of skill and also help you improve in both accuracy and speed.​​

To return to this training area during any of these quizzes, hit the 'BACK' button on your web browser​. There will also be a button to return here at the end of each quiz.

SAPOL COGNIFY Update

SAPOL Cognify Updates

As well as preparation for the TAFE SA pre-application testing, your Police Preparation Australia resources now include preparation for Cognify style mini games as we understand these may have been recently employed by SAPOL in the actual IQ recruitment testing. We are not affiliated with any police recruitment office, so we are mainly adding this extra module here in response to specific requests.

With that said... in the event you DO see these mini-games, this video below explains what you are likely to see during this assessment - but we also have a specific app to help you further. The new app for both Android and iOS which you can install on your device via the instructions further below this video.

Whilst this is a specific method of testing it still fundamentally includes problem solving (abstract reasoning), numerical reasoning (mathematics) and verbal knowledge (English skills and verbal reasoning)

The following lessons also give you insight into why and how to prepare for each of the Cognify mini-games.

And finally - introducing the Police Preparation Australia App:

COGNIPREP

Remember this app at this point is ONLY to familiarise you with the style of questions. We strongly recommend using the remaining resources of your program to improve your mathematical and abstract reasoning skills. As well as the comprehensive literacy training available in the 'Proofit Training' link above.

And remember to dive into your bonus eBook "Maths Made Easy" in the additional resources area to improve speed and accuracy of this critical skill. Maths is the foundation of the majority of your online assessment!

Congratulations again on taking the time to prepare for your selection. You're already ahead of many other applicants who underestimate the difficulty of this first 'gateway'.

Click below to get the app!

(Please check your initial membership email for your unlock code for the app)



WAPOL (Abstract) Problem Solving Ability

WA Police Abstract Problem Solving Ability

The new WA Police Online COGNIFY testing uses a gamified version of Abstract Problem Solving questions.

These questions assess your strength in solving problems where the problem is presented as a series of abstract images or shapes. You are required to quickly comprehend the problem, understand the exact question and then choose the correct solution.

The following questions do not replicate the new Revelian style of gamified questions, however they are designed to improve the relevant skills in terms of visualising shape based problems and working with rotations and other transformations in your head.

In the questions that follow it is usually it is a matter of identifying a progressive change in each new image (left to right) or spotting a unique difference to ONE of the images compared to the others.

This means that again you can use the elimination method if you're unsure of the solution. So even if you have a rough idea of what MIGHT be occurring but you're struggling to identify the correct answer, you can at least eliminate the answers you feel don't fit and then guess from the remaining choices.

However, the elimination method should be a last resort for this style of question.

The following training quizzes will give you an idea of your current level of skill and also help you improve in both accuracy and speed.

(There is also an additional training video further below)

To return to this training area during any of these quizzes, hit the 'BACK' button on your web browser. There will also be a button to return here at the end of each quiz.

 

Watch the training video above for additional ideas on how to tackle abstract reasoning problems.

WAPOL Verbal Knowledge

WAPOL Verbal Knowledge Ability Tests

The WAPOL COGNIFY test assesses your ability to identify and correct basic grammar, punctuation and spelling skills. In any case, you are required to quickly comprehend the problem, understand the exact question and then choose the correct solution.

Ideally you will read the text given for a particular question and then look at each question. However, you may also like to attempt a slightly different strategy which is to very quickly look over the questions before you read the information. This approach to questions with longer text can help you focus in on relevant details as you read.

Ultimately this is a personal preference and the main thing is to approach the questions in a manner that you feel comfortable with. Either way, maintain a methodical approach to minimise the chance you miss or misinterpret the relevant information.

The following training quizzes will give you an idea of your current level of skill and also help you improve in both accuracy and speed.

WAPOL Numerical Reasoning

WAPOL Numerical Ability Tests

The new COGNIFY assessments include a gamified way to assess your Numerical Reasoning Skills.

This measures your ability in mathematics across a range of question types. It requires a level of skill across addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. 

In any case, you are required to quickly comprehend the problem, understand the exact question and then choose the correct solution.

This is one category where the elimination method can help.

This means that if you can't quickly determine the EXACT answer, then making an estimation may help you eliminate unlikely options and then make a better guess based on the remaining choices.

Alternatively you may be able to estimate the mathematics and then choose the closest option presented.

Whilst the following quizzes will not replicate the gamified style of COGNIFY testing, the following training quizzes will give you an idea of your current level of skill and also help you improve in both accuracy and speed.

NT Police Numerical Reasoning

NT Police Numerical Ability Tests

The new COGNIFY assessments include a gamified way to assess your Numerical Reasoning Skills.

This measures your ability in mathematics across a range of question types. It requires a level of skill across addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. 

In any case, you are required to quickly comprehend the problem, understand the exact question and then choose the correct solution.

This is one category where the elimination method can help.

This means that if you can't quickly determine the EXACT answer, then making an estimation may help you eliminate unlikely options and then make a better guess based on the remaining choices.

Alternatively you may be able to estimate the mathematics and then choose the closest option presented.

Whilst the following quizzes will not replicate the gamified style of COGNIFY testing, the following training quizzes will give you an idea of your current level of skill and also help you improve in both accuracy and speed.

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