Preparation for Queensland Ambulance Service tests 2024

f you are applying to join Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS), you will be required as part of your Application to take several challenging Psychometric tests:

  • A timed special abstarct test that includes 50 questions.  .
  • A non-timed clinical personality test with 344 questions which offers a profile of you based on 22 personality scales. and
  • Answer 6 behavioural questions

What is Queensland Ambulance Service abstract test?

As part of your selection with Queensland Ambulance Service you will be asked to complete a timed abstract test, which which is very different from the type of shapes that you might be used to. The test takes around 20 minutes to complete.

Let's check the following example abstract test question. In this free example aptitude test you need to find what specific buttons do to a group of shapes in the question line based on several example lines in the Base Screen box. Once you find what the buttons do your then can find what the correct final figure is in the question line. Let's examine the following abstract test example: 

In this abstract test question you need to find what buttons 1, 3 and 5 do.

From the first line, we see that the original figure (the three shapes to the left) goes through two transformations to form the figure on the right: (i) a change in the shapes (square to circle, or circle to square); and (ii) a change in colours (black to white, or vice versa). Two buttons are active in this line (1 and 2); however, we still don’t know which one changes the shape, or which one changes the colour.

The second line also shows a figure that swaps the colour of its three shapes, but there is no change in those shapes. This time, buttons 2, 3 and 4 are ‘active’ – so, button 2 (the only common ‘active’ button with line 1) must be the one that swaps colours; and we can now deduce that it is button 1 that changes (or toggles) the shapes. Buttons 3 and 4 must, then, be the ones that modify the horizontal and vertical lines, so we will need to refer to the third line to work out their individual functions.

In line three, because buttons 1 and 2 are ‘inactive’, we know that there will be no transformation of colour or shape.  Buttons 4 and 5 are ‘active’, and we can see that the right figure has been made smaller and a vertical line removed. Line 3 shares only one active button with line 2 (i.e. button 4), and there is only one common transformation between these lines: the vertical line has been switched ‘on’ or ‘off’. Therefore, button 4 is a vertical line toggle switch, which means (from the previous line) that button 3 must be the on/off toggle for horizontal lines. Button 5, therefore, can only be for changing (or toggling) the size of the shapes in the figure (from big to small, or vice versa).

We can now summarise the button functions thus:

  • Button 1 – toggles the shapes within the figure (squares to circles, and vice versa)
  • Button 3 – toggles the horizontal lines on or off
  • Button 5 – toggles the size (big or small) of the shapes within the figure.

Now, we can apply those button functions to our question line:

  • Button 1 – will change the figure to a circle and a square.
  • Button 3 – will add a horizontal line to all shapes in the figure.
  • Button 5 – will toggle the shape sizes – the first from big to small, and the second from small to big.

The corrrect answer is:

Remember: don't waste time practising abstract or inductive reasoning test questions styles that you will not have in your real abstract or inductive aptitude test.

What is Queensland Ambulance Service Personality test?

Queensland Ambulance Service uses a personality test that analyses 22 different personality scales about you to come up with your profile and identify areas of risk that will prevent you from becoming a member of Queensland Ambulance Service . For example, if you are someone who does not have a strong emotional resilience or you lie taking risks you will be taken out of the recruitment process.

The personality test includes 344 test questions which are not timed and each questions includes a statement and you are asked to state to what extend you believe each statement is true (from flase to very true). The 22 scales measure:

  • Clinical scales provide critical diagnostic features of 11 important clinical constructs. These 11 scales may be divided into three broad classes of disorders: those within the neurotic spectrum, those within the psychotic spectrum, and those associated with behavior disorder or impulse control problems.
  • additional five scales include two indicators of potential for harm to self or others, two measures of your environmental circumstances, and one indicator of your motivation for treatment.
  • Interpersonal scales provide information regarding your relationships and interactions. Interpersonal style is assessed along two dimensions: a warmly affiliative versus a cold rejecting style, and a dominating/controlling versus a meekly submissive style.
  • Two scales assess pathology. The Borderline Features scale is the only scale that has four subscales, reflecting the factorial complexity of the construct. The Antisocial Features scale includes three subscales: one assessing antisocial behaviors and the other two assessing antisocial traits.
  • Critical Items form alerts to issues that require immediate attention. The personality test report lists 27 items (distributed across nine content areas) that suggest behavior or psychopathology that may demand immediate attention. They are identified as critical based on two criteria: indications of a potential crisis situation and a very low endorsement rate in normal individuals.

Why, contrary to what you are being told, personality test questions have right answers

One of the most common mistakes that we tend to hear is that the personality test has no right or wrong answers therefore, there is little need to prepare for your personality test. Unfortunately, this leads many good applicants to end up with an unsuitable profile which blocks them from moving forward with their recruitment to the bank. It is true that contrary to a cognitive test question that might ask you how much is 4 plus 6, the style of personality test questions is such that there is no right or wrong answer, however, this does not mean that there is only one correct way to answer your personality test questions to get a suitable profile at the end of the test. Therefore, preparing for your personality test and understanding how to answer the personality test questions is critical to ensuring that you get a suitable profile at the end of your test.

Preparation for your Queensland Ambulance Service Abstract and Personality tests:

We offer a four hours preparation for your test with Queensland Ambulance Service:

Face to Face Tutoring for your abstract and personality test:

  • Delivered by Psychometric test experts.
  • Face to face or via Skype live.
  • Includes special material for your abstract and personality test.
  • Includes an analysis of your profile.
  • Working with you to ensure you demonstrate your full potential and capabilities in your clinical personality test.

Online preparation package for Queensland Ambulance Service abstract test

  • Special abstract practice tests and courses online with all the knowledge you need to pass QAS' tests.
  • Abstract Reasoning Test Course online with some example test questions.
  • Immediate Access.
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