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TASPOL Waist Hip Ratio

TAS Waist to Hip Ratio

Your waist to hip ratio is required to under a certain measurement. Click here to view the required waist-hip ratio.

It is your waist measurement divided by your hip measurement.  This measurement allows you to  see where in your body fat is primarily being stored as this impacts your health and body shape. Measuring your waist-to-hip ratio is an easy way to see how much weight you are carrying around your abdomen as opposed to around your hips.

Those who store most of their body fat around their waist may poses higher health risks, compared with those who have the same amount of body fat stored around their hips and thighs.

How to measure your waist:

  1. Find the top of your hip bone and the bottom of your ribs.
  2. Breathe out normally.
  3. Place the tape measure midway between these points and wrap it around your waist. This is usually between your belly button and below your rib cage.
  4. Record your measurement.

How to measure your hips:

  1. Find one of your hips and start the tape measure there.
  2. Wrap the tape measure around your rear, around the other hip and back to where you started.
  3. Make sure the tape is over the largest part of your buttocks.

Visit this link to have your waist-hip ratio measured - WAIST TO HIP RATIO CALCULATOR

(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.)

TASPOL Body Mass Index

TAS Body Mass Index (BMI)

Your BMI is required to be within a certain range depending on your sex and age. Your BMI is calculated by measuring the relation between your weight and height.

It is your weight in kilograms divided by your heigh in meters squared. 

Click here to view the the required BMI range.

Visit this link to have your BMI calculated - BMI CALCULATOR

(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.)

TASPOL Push-Up Training

TAS Push-Up Training

You will be required to complete a minimum number of push ups on your testing day. This is, at time of publishing this video, ten push ups. Click here to view the current required number of Push-Ups required. 

Note that it is possible you will be permitted to demonstrate your maximum push ups. So be prepared to do more on the day if given the opportunity.

Watch the video below for tips on preparing for this test. Note the requirement to go very low in these push ups to achieve correct form.

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
  • Do not complete the number stipulated 

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)

TASPOL Muti Stage Fitness (Beep) Test

TAS Multi Stage Fitness Test Training

Otherwise known as the 'Beep Test' this assessment is an international standard of your cardiovascular endurance.

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 verbal warning. 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, you will only need to reach the humble scores in the chart below.

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.

CLICK HERE to download the Beep Test audio.

Personality and Opinions

  Personality and Opinions


This section of your Job Suitability testing focuses on your feelings and the thought process and choices you make when placed in specific situations . This style of testing will ultimately allow assessors to  determine your suitability in joining the Police Force. It will also allow assessors to understand in-depth about your personality, interest in application, values and job expectations through a series of standardised questions. However this testing is beneficial in understanding yourself.

This style of testing is generally completed through various psychometric tests. It is important for you to understand that you are being assessed against your attributes that are relevant to the role and  the responsibilities that will be expected of you if you were successful.

You can prepare for this style of testing through completing the following example tests.

DiSC Profile Testing

This style of testing is used within many various workplaces. It can help you to increase self-knowledge in times of conflict and stress, your motivations, improve relationships, facilitate better teamwork, develop stronger skills and understand the priorities and opinions of others around you. 

The DiSC testing is broken down into the following four areas: 
D - Dominance
i - Influence
S - Steadiness, and;
C - conscientiousness

 Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Testing

This style of testing produces an self-observing report  based off answers completed through a questionnaire. The tests purpose is to indicates your psychological preferences and provides a deep understanding on how you perceive the world and those you interact with.

The test provides helps you understand which of the four principal psychological functions is dominant for you through your decisions most of the time. These functions include; sensation, intuition, feeling and thinking.

Ultimately when completing the MBTI, it acknowledges that our preferences underlie our interests, needs, values, and motivations.

TASPOL Fitness Test Overview

TAS Fitness Test Overview

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.

Welcome to the Deluxe training area where you will gain significant knowledge on how to prepare for the Tasmania Police Physical Fitness Test. The testing  is conducted by Healthy Business and will include the assessments outlined below.

Please note; The Tasmania standards for the following assessments are based on your age and sex, these can be accessed HERE.

Waist Hip Ratio:

The waist to hip ratio is calculated by dividing your waist measurement by your hip measurement. This will focus on where you are storing body fat and as a result will identify your body shape. 

Body Mass Index (BMI):

Your BMI is a measure that uses the relation between your weight and height. It is your weight in kilograms divided by your heigh in meters squared. 

Multistage Fitness Test:

The multistage fitness test is often referred to as the 'beep' test. It is a running test used to estimate your aerobic capacity. The test involves running between two lines for a period of time whilst being timed. The aim is to meet the line before the beep. 

Push-Up Test:

The push-up test measures your upper body strength and endurance. The test involves completing as many push-ups as possible within the allocated time frame. 

Grip Strength Test: 

The grip strength test is designed to identify your overall strength measured through your grip strength. The test replicates the strength required to not only fire weapons, but perform other acts such as control and apply restraints to violent offenders.

Abdominal Strength Test:

The abdominal strength test is designed to determine your strength in the abdominal region. 
This is tested because generally a weak abdomen can result in lower back pain and poor posture.   

Illinois Agility Test:

The Illinois Agility test is a fitness test designed to test your sporting agility.  The below diagram provides an example of how the test is set up. 

TASPOL Fitness Test Tracking

TAS Fitness Test Tracking

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.

Welcome to this deluxe training area where you will gain significant knowledge on how to prepare for the Tasmania Police Physical Assessments.

There are two stages to be aware of. The first is the FIT FOR DUTY assessment and the second is the physical standards expected at the start of the academy (Beep Test and Grip Test) outlined in the Fitness Test Overview.

I do emphasise that this is knowledge only and on it's own will have only a small affect on your results. To make the most of this training and ensure that you STAND OUT in this testing phase it is critical that you ACT on what you learn here.

Keep in mind that your aim must be to be selected. Not to only reach the minimum required scores. Tasmania Police are extremely competitive and it's important you demonstrate you are a particularly strong candidate at every opportunity.

Your BONUS Self-Assessment Workbook and Progressive Training Planner are also included here in this first lesson page (see the links further below).

You may like to print these out prior to commencing any of the other lesson modules.

Kind Regards,

John Ashburton

You can also download an example training planner as a guide to how you might use it.

CLICK HERE to download the example plan.

TASPOL (Abstract) Problem Solving Ability

TASPOL Abstract Problem Solving Ability

The new TASPOL 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 below for additional ideas on how to tackle abstract reasoning problems.

 

TASPOL Job Suitability Test

 TASPOL Job Suitability Test

The Tasmania Police Suitability Testing incorporates testing on the following elements;  Problem Solving Ability, Personality, Opinions About Society, Work Place Procedures and Your Personal History and Opinions.

This section will give you a greater understand on what you can expect in the Job Suitability area of testing for the Tasmania Police. 

The Job Suitability testing helps assessors identify your character traits and determines if your traits and personalities based on the results of the tests are in line with those required to conduct police duties and responsibilities. 

In other words, theses tests exist to help make sure people are not placed in positions in which they may not be successful or cope well with the particular demands of the role.

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

TASPOL Problem Solving Ability

TASPOL Problem Solving Ability Tests

During your Job Suitability Test you will face a short series of questions regarding basic aptitude ability.

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.

Please note; The problem solving tests are also referred to as 'verbal reasoning' tests in the Police Preparation quiz data base.