Professional preparation Northern Territory Police tests (PFES NT) - cognitive and personality tests

If you are applying to join Northern Territory Police  (PFES NT) , you will be asked to complete a variety of tests as part of your entrance exam.

In the screening phase, you will be asked to complete a set of Cognitvie short tests focusing on: :

  • Numerical reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Abstract Reasoning

In additional you will be asked to complete a full personality test.

Northern Territory Police Cognitive Test

NT Police started using the Cognify test to assess candidates' cognitive abilities.

What is the Cognify Test?

The Cognify Test is a game based type of psychometric testing. Each test is timed and looks like a basic video game.

The Cognify test moves away from the question/answer based style of standard psychometric tests.  Instead, it uses game based tests to measure your abstract, verbal and numerical reasoning. This means that you no longer have a series of questions on the screen andno calculator or paper pad is necessary.

You are expected to follow the instructions carefully as you start each test or game.

The theory behind the Cognify Test

The Cognify Test model is based on the Cattell-Horn-Carroll theory of the structure of human cognitive abilities.

The theory combines concepts like fluid and crystallised intelligence and the three-stratum model of intelligence.  It has aided the evolution of the psychometric approach in understanding human cognitive characteristics by employing advanced statistical techniques like factor analysis.

What to expect in the Cognify Test

The Cognify Test measures three components about your cognitive abilities:

  1. 1.    Problem Solving: 

In problem solving the test assesses your ability to quickly learn, adapt and solve problems.

This measures your ‘fluid intelligence:’ the ability to see a problem for the first time and find out how to solve it without any prior knowledge.

  1. 2.    Numerical Reasoning: 

In numerical reasoning the test assesses your ability to understand numerical concepts, work with numbers and use formulas to solve problems.

  1. 3.    Verbal Knowledge 

In verbal knowledge the test measures your knowledge of the English language – focusing on spelling, grammar and identification of errors in text.


Each of the tests in the Cognify set of games is timed at 5 minutes.

What to expect in Problem Solving tests:

The Cognify Test has three mini tests measuring your problem solving skills:

  • Gridlock
  • Resemble
  • Short Cuts

The ‘Gridlock’ test

In this mini test you need to solve a number of consecutive grid based puzzle games as quickly as you can.

There is generally a central grid and you have to fit the given figures in (rotate, drag and drop) to complete the grid.

The ‘Resemble’ test

In this mini test you will be presented with a figure in the left section and generally a simple ‘angle of rotation’ value given beneath it, for example: 180o or 90o.

All you have to do is mentally rotate the figure on the left by the angle indicated and recreate the resultant figure in a central grid on the right.

The ‘Short Cuts’ test

In this mini test you are asked to move a particular ball and move it to a destination indicated by stars. You are supposed to move the target ball to the destination using the fewest moves as quickly as possible.

What to expect in the Numerical ability tests:

The Cognify Test has two mini tests measuring your numerical ability:

  • Numbubbles
  • Tally Up

What to expect in the ‘Numbubbles’ test

This mini test displays a target number and a number of bubbles with simple equations.

Your task is to identify the bubbles containing an answer equal to the target value displayed.

What to expect in the ‘Tally Up’ test

This mini test displays two sections with numbers (appearing as tokens) in each frame. Your task is to decide which frame has a higher value of numbers (tokens) or both frames might be of equal value.

What to Expect in Verbal knowledge tests:

In the Cognify Test you will have two mini tests measuring your verbal knowledge:

  • Proof It
  • Pop Up

What to expect in Proof It test

In this mini test you are presented with series of texts that include grammatical errors such as punctuation errors, missing words, misspelled words and grammatical errors.

Your task is to identify all grammatical errors in each text in 1 minute.


Northern Territory Police Personality Test

The personality test includes over 100 forced-choice test questions. This personality test is designed to assist Northern Terittory Police to identify your suitability for the role of a Police Officer. It includes factors such as coping with stress, empathy to others, ability to approach tasks in a planned manner, ability to work with others, how assertive you are and more.

Please review the following example of a personality test question:

I like to be a singer.

Is this:

  1. True
  2. ?
  3. False

This test question is a covert type of personality test question that measures your social confidence and ability to interact with others. 

The risk with taking the personality test is that you can easily get a personality profile that says that you are not suitable. It is improtant to ensure that you answer the personality test in the proper way to get a suitable profile score. 


How IPC helps you to prepare for Northern Territory Police Cognify Test & Personality test

The Institute of Psychometric Coaching (IPC) has developed a variety of tailored preparations to ensure you are ready for your Cognify Test.  Our professionals have analysed strategies and techniques and developed a full range of countermeasures.  Our preparations include:

Online specific Northern Territory Police Cognify practice tests

  • Online practice mini tests – tailor made for Cognfiy Test
  • A large pool of timed practice tests online such as Resemble, Tully Up, Numbubbles, Pop-Up and Proof It.
  • Step by step solutions at the end of each mini test
  • Test scores in comparison to others
  • Feedback on how to improve

Benefits include:

  • Based on real Cognify Test questions
  • Timer mimics the pressure of taking the real test
  • Immediate access

Online specific Northern Territory Police Perosnality practice tests

  • Online practice Personality Ttest
  • Based on the real personality test you will be asked to take when applying for Northern Terittory Police
  • Test scores in comparison to others
  • Feedback on how to improve
  • Immediate access

Personal Tutoring for your Cognify Test & Personality Test with Northern Territory Police

Experience gold standard service with IPC’s personal tutoring. 

Our personalised service includes:

  • One-on-one tutoring delivered by experienced Psychometric test trainers.
  • Face to face sessions (in our Melbourne and Sydney offices) or via Skype live
  • In depth analysis of your cognitive weaknesses to focus the session and maximise your scores
  • Working together to ensure you reach maximum potential and capabilities in your Cognify  and Personality Tests

Please note that IPC is not in any way affiliated with, endorsed or authorised by state or federal police and that your training courses are not approved by or based on any official state and federal police training courses. Similary, Cognify and other trademarks are the property of their trademark holders. None of the trademark holders are affiliated with the Institute of Psychometric Coaching or this site.

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