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NT Verbal Knowledge

NT Police Verbal Knowledge (Writing) Ability Tests

The NT Safework 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.

NT (Abstract) Problem Solving Ability

NT Police Abstract Problem Solving Ability

The new NT Safework 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.

WA Mathematics

Mathematics Training Area

WAPOL appear to have added back in mathematics based questions into the PPE so a sound grasp of basic arithmetic including manipulating fractions and decimals will give you a solid foundation for any  mathematics based questions.

For example, a different type of numerical word problem that what you've prepared for will not catch you off guard if you have the basic maths skills to solve it anyway.

The new eBook 'MATHS MADE EASY' included with your member access is now the best resource to complete your mathematics training.

Further below there is also a straight mathematics quiz for additional practice. We have also added some more advanced mathematics to completely prepare you for the most challenging of mathematical aptitude questions. This 'advanced' section is not likely required but if WA Police Recruiting add in more challenging questions, at least you will be prepared!

Click the button below to download your eBook:

NEW: ADVANCED MATHEMATICS TRAINING

Click on the links below to download additional mathematics training in algebra, trigonometry and geometry. These are not likely required but if you want to be prepared for ANYTHING - these tutorials will help you out 🙂

VICPOL Numeracy Skills

VICPOL Numeracy Skills

Part of your exam will include a Numeracy Skills section assessing your ability to interpret data and answer mathematics based problems. 

Some of these questions will include images such as graphs, maps etc. holding the information required to answer the questions. 

This practice exam has been created based on the 2019 updates to the VICPOL recruitment exam. This practice exam holds 36 questions - including some 'true' or 'false'  questions that would normally be grouped as subquestions. So this mock quiz is still the approximate correct length.

Accordingly you will have 35 minutes to complete all questions. 

Remember, you may use a basic scientific calculator for this part of the assessment. 

VICPOL Literacy Skills (Reading2)

VICPOL Literacy Skills Quiz 2

This lesson holds Literacy Quiz 2. Similar to quiz 1, this has been designed to be completed within approximately 35 minutes, you may want to set yourself a timer to ensure you stick within the designated time. You are required to review the passages provided to you and answer the questions in the quiz below.

PRACTICE QUESTION 1

Read the following text and then answer the multiple choice questions that follow:

A research group in Adelaide called the HALEY FOUNDATION conducted a study that monitored the crime rate of Sunny Hill during the entire years of 2008 and 2009. The researchers noticed that Ripton Street endured prolific rates of traffic offences compared with the rest of the area. Additionally, they found that most offences were detected during the hours 7pm till 2am each night of the week.

Assaults in the Sunny Hill area occurred most frequently on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Demographically, the majority of offenders and victims were aged between 18 and 25 years. In 2009 there were less assaults reported but a higher number of people were charged with circumstances of aggravation. This was, in almost all cases, due to weapons such as smashed bottles and belts being used. Sarah Thompson stated, “I think it’s due to all the drugs people are taking these days. They feel like they really need to hurt someone and so they pick up whatever they can find.”

In regards to the incidents of burglary in the area, researchers found no pattern within the area. All streets were marginally affected by such crimes. Mark Barry, a who lives on Burton Street, stated, “I think it is good that there are more young families moving in to the area and people are more active exercising around the neighbourhood. It seems a very safe place to live.”

The HALEY FOUNDATION intend to conduct another study for a similar period of time commencing in 2018.

PRACTICE QUESTION 2

In 1997, the Kent forest ranger reported a dramatic increase in animal boldness. It was observed that the once timid deer now roam the roads built into the forest which may have resulted in a rise in animal related accidents. Dr. Smith, an expert in wild animal behavior, was called in to investigate the reason for this anomaly. Further studies conducted by Dr. Smith resulted in his conclusion that the ever decreasing animal habitat is due to human encroachment.

Based on the above, answer the following questions:

PRACTICE QUESTION 3

“Parenting is a highly contentious issue. There is no shortage of books, blogs, experts and opinions on how to parent. One recently published book, “Parentonomics’, by Joshua Gans, offers a refreshing perspective on this popular theme. Gans is an economist and his views on parenting are closely tied to his training in addressing economic challenges and problems. Among other topics, Gans cautions against reliance on incentives and the potential risks when children attempt to manipulate events. One example of this being an older sister helping to toilet train her younger brother. As she received rewards when her brother made a successful toilet stop, she then started giving him additional drinks of water! One of the more controversial implications in the book is that many things we do as parents may not have the impact we think.”

Based on the above, answer the following questions:

PRACTICE QUESTION 4

"Obesity is a medical condition in which a person’s body fat exceeds 20% of their ideal weight based on their BMI (Body Mass Index). Obesity increases the likelihood of various diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breathing difficulties, certain cancers and osteoarthritis. In a recent study among a group of 20 men and women aged between 18 - 35, it was found that consuming excessive calories and lack of physical activity were the most common causes of obesity. In some cases it was found that genes, endocrine disorders, medications and psychiatric illnesses also had an impact on a person’s weight. Evidence also supported that when some obese people eat less the still gain weight due to a slow metabolism. There are a number of ways to treat obesity, the most common are dieting and physical exercise. There are also anti-obesity drugs that can be prescribed by a medical professional to reduce appetite or inhibit fat absorption. In severe cases, surgery can be performed to reduce stomach volume, therefore reducing the volume of food that can be consumed. Obesity is increasing in prevalence amongst all ages and is a serious health concern."

Based on the above, answer the following questions:

PRACTICE QUESTION 5

"Road rage is a serious issue which requires attention. This is the sudden violent anger provoked in a motorist due to the actions of other drivers which can result in aggressive and erratic  driving and behaviour. Road rage studies are conducted every 3 years in Australia and studies dated 2015 show that year by year road rage is becoming a major concern. Many argue that it is primarily due to the uncivil behaviour of drivers who refuse to respect the legal and moral rights of others. In 2015 it was recorded that road rage related accidents on Australian roads increased by 15% and the researchers suspected an ongoing rise. The mentality and attitude of drivers behind the wheel are usually a major issue. In many scenarios road rage results in car accidents. A recent study indicated that anger was the most common cause of road range. Situations that can cause road rage include; heavy traffic or gridlock, feeling stressed, construction delays or detours, distracted driving, loud music, slow driving, making obscene gestures to other drivers, tailgating, changing lanes too quickly and overusing the car horn. There are two types of road rage. Habitual road rage is learned behaviour where drivers have learned to drive in an aggressive manner and Situational road rage, based on the situation that surrounds a driver such as receiving bad news and then driving aggressively.  Researches suggest that road rage can minimised through reminders to drivers to have consideration to road rules, other drivers, the practice of simple safety measures and adhering to the laws and regulations put in place to keep all those on the roads safe."

Based on the above, answer the following questions:

VICPOL Literacy Skills Overview

Literacy Skills Training Area

Literacy Skills assessments assess your ability to read and comprehend information provided. This information may be provided to you in the form of text, images, graphs, posters or similar. Additionally, you may be tested on 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 be given information in various formats and then you will review the questions required to be answered. However, you may find it beneficial 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.

Continue to the next lesson to access the first Literacy Skills training quiz.

VICPOL Literacy Skills (Reading1)

VICPOL Literacy Skills Quiz 1

This lesson holds Literacy Quiz 1. The quiz has been designed to be completed within approximately 35 minutes, you may want to set yourself a timer to ensure you stick within the designated time. You are required to review the information and content provided to you and answer the questions in the quiz below.

PRACTICE QUESTION 1
Below is a passage and poster in relation to fatigued driving. 
Please answer the following quiz based on the information provided.

'Fatigue is one of the big three killers on roads in Australia. Driver fatigue is one of the top three contributors to fatalities on the roads in Australia. Being awake for about seventeen hours has a similar effect on performance as a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.05. This poster was created to create awareness for drivers who drive fatigued. It is advertised to remind drivers to test how tired they are before getting behind the wheel.'

PRACTICE QUESTION 2
Below is an article and survey results based on misleading claims found in many of our favourite supermarkets.
Please answer the following quiz based on this information.

'Many of our favourite packaged food and beverages found at the supermarket could have us believing we are making the right choices for our families. Eye catching false statements such as “Sugar Free”, “Organic” and “High in Protein” are leading consumers to identify certain food companies and products to be ‘healthy’. Little do they know, these products may be the reason there has been such an increase on many health related issues in Australia.

The below graph presents the results based from a recent survey conducted by shoppers who had these misleading products in their shopping carts. The survey outlines the main reason as to why shoppers made the choice to purchase the product.  


All shoppers surveyed were moderately health conscious and believed they were making the healthier choice for themselves and their families. Majority of them were surprised when we unfolded to them the actual ingredients and nutritional information of the products. As well as the health impact these products could potentially have.


Many of these products are perceived as beneficial to our health, even though they may be highly processed, full of sugar and high in calories. Consumers are urged to be wary of the misleading packaging and false claims. They are advised to read the nutritional table, ingredients and serving sizes usually located on the back of all products.'

PRACTICE QUESTION 3
Below is a car advertisement uploaded to a website called Pre-Loved Cars.com.au.
Please answer the following quiz based on this advertisement.

PRACTICE QUESTION 4
Below is an email and attachment sent within a Public Relations Company.
Please answer the following quiz based on this information.



Attachment:
Function Conduct Policy + Guidelines

PRACTICE QUESTION 5
Sally heard about the opening of the new Ice Rink - Attack Twice and purchased some tickets. She received the following letter and map via email. 
Please answer the following quiz based on the information she received. 

TASPOL Abdominal Strength Testing

TAS Abdominal Strength Testing

Your abdominal strength is required to measure 45 degrees or below.  Poor abdominal strength can lead to lower back pain and problems.

On testing day the assessor will place their fingertips beneath your lower back to determine if your core strength is being activated. 

You can practice for this test by laying flat on your back with your hands across your chest. Raise your legs and aim to maintain your core strength keeping pressure in your lower back where the assessors fingers will be through contracting your abdominals  and lowering your legs to a minimum of a 45 degree angle.

TASPOL Grip Strength Test

TAS POL Grip Strength

The hand grip dynamometry test requires your grip strength to be at the required level that is needed to fire weapons and control violent offenders. 

Click here to view the grip strength requirements.

In a perfect world you will go and buy one of these devices to train for this. However, if you don't have one, you can still rapidly improve your grip strength by following the tips in the videos below.


FIREARMS ASSESSMENT

(Note: This second stage test is currently NO LONGER included - but we've included here as useful preparation for firearms training that will follow at the academy)

The firearms assessment comprised four tests:

1. Hold the firearm in front of you for 60 seconds with straight arms.

2. Pull the trigger five times whilst maintaining a (relatively) straight aim.

3. Rack the slider of the firearm back and release.

4. Hold the rear end of the slide and pull it back and forth three times in a row.

Every single one of these tests requires one critical component. This is to keep the firearm pointing in the same forward direction. Whilst there is only one 'aiming' test, the most dangerous part of handling pistols is their very short 'barrel'. When you hold a rifle, for example, the muzzle stays pointing where you want with limited movement.

A pistol, on the other hand, can be easily twisted slightly and end up facing 90 degrees or even 180 degrees the wrong way! This is extremely dangerous and is, in my opinion, why there are so many more injuries/fatalities relating to handguns in training than for rifles.

Accordingly, you will make the selection staff much more comfortable with training you if you can demonstrate excellent control of the muzzle of the weapon. This applies just as much to the training firearm you will handle on testing day.

TASPOL Illinois Agility Test

TAS Illinois Agility Test Training

This test is short but challenging. You start off lying down BEHIND the start line. When the timer starts, you get up and run the course as directed. You will receive a demonstration on the day. 

Click here to view the requirements of the Agility Test.

Make sure you pay attention to the demonstration given on the day and make sure you run that course EXACTLY. If you've practiced your drills you will still be faster - even if there is a slight variation.

Caution: This is a high risk test. The high impact on turning and twisting requires a solid warm up.

Never do this test 'cold' without preparation.