Preparing for Australian Federal Police (AFP) Reasoning & Emotional Intelligence Tests

If you are applying to join the AFP, you are required to undergo several Psychometric tests tailored for the Federal Police:

  • In the screening phase you will be asked to complete the following Psychometric tests:
    • Reasoning tests (Abstract Reasoning & Numeracy, Verbal Comprehension/Literacy Skills) and
    • An Emotional Intelligence test.
  • Then you will be asked to complete a Clinical Personality test.

These tests will have the most significant impact on whether you get in or left to try again.

Federal Police Reasoning Tests:

All Federal Police new Reasoning tests are timed and are designed to not give you sufficient time to complete all tests within the given time.

  • Literacy Skills
  • Numeracy
  • Abstract Reasoning

Literacy Skills Test Questions:

In this online test, you are presented with questions to test your understanding of concept in English.  You will get a passage to read and then to answer some questions relating to the text. Your task is to select the correct answer for each test question.

Here is an example for a Literacy Skill test question:

Please read the following text:

A long-established fact is that readers will be distracted by readable content on a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using a filler like ‘Content here, content here’; this makes it look like readable English, and avoids the distractions of a readable text. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for ‘lorem ipsum’ will discover many websites still in their infancy. Various versions of Lorem Ipsum have evolved over the years, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose (injected humour and the like).

Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC.

Now, answer the following question: 

Which one of the following does NOT follow based on the content of the text?

a. Lorem Ipsum is not nonsense words that look like Latin.

b. Readers get distracted when looking at a page design with Lorem Ipsum.

c. Readers get confused when looking at a page design with Lorem Ipsum.

d. A professor discovered the source of Lorem Ipsum when looking up an old Latin word.

e. Many people believed that Lorem Ipsum is random text.

f.  Many web editors use Lorem Ipsum.

To answer this test question, we need to read the text. The text says, in fact, that readers get distracted when looking a page layout if there is readable content, and Lorum Ipsum removes that distraction.

Numeracy Test Questions:

In this type of test, you are presented with simple numeracy questions such as number series and basic speed and efficiency type problems. Your task is to quickly identify patterns within the number series, or use basic maths to correctly answer each question.

Here is an example for a numerical reasoning test question:

Tim has been sailing for 20 minutes and has travelled 15 kilometres. What was his average speed in Km/hour?

To answer this question we need to first convert the time Tim travelled from minutes to hours. To do so we need to divide 20 minutes by 60 = 1/3 of an hour. Then using the basic formula we would need to divide the distance by the time to get Tim's average speed: 15 / 1/3 = 45 km/hour.

Abstract Reasoning Test Questions:

In this type of online test, you are presented with non-verbal problems. Your task is to quickly identify logical rules from the shapes to correctly answer each question.

Here is an example for an abstract reasoning test question:

To answer this question we need to find what patterns can be identified in this group of shapes going from left to right. In this group, we have an outer square containing one of three shapes (circle, square and triangle) and a number of lines across the corners of the square. There are two underlying patterns to this series. The first pattern is that the three inner shapes always repeat in the same order. The second pattern is more complicated, as we need to count the lines. Given that the missing shape is in the middle, we best to start from the shapes after the missing shape. In the first shape (left to the missing shape) we have 2 lines across the top left corner and one line across the other corners. In the next shape there is no change in the lines. In the next shape we see a drop of one line from the top left corner. Then in the following shape we see another line drops. This time from the bottom left corner. In the next shape there is no change in the number of lines. This means that the pattern is one line drops from the first shape. Then in the next shape another line drops. Then there is a pause in the next shape. Then the pattern repeats. Therefore, shape D is the correct answer.

Federal Police's Emotional Intelligence Test

As part of your selection you will be asked to complete an Emotional Intelligence test includes over 100 forced-choice test questions. The Emotional Intelligence test measures your emotional reasoning based on several sections such as:

  1. Identify emotions in facial expressions
  2. Identify emotions that will facilitate certain behaviours
  3. Identify emotions based on behaviours
  4. Identify how effective are certain actions in facilitating emotions
  5. Identify emotions in abstract drawings and scenery images.
  6. Identify associations for emotions
  7. Identify effective emotions

Please review the following example of an emotional intelligence test question:

Joan felt stressed, and became a bit anxious when she thought about all the work she needed to do. When her manager brought her an additional project, she felt ____.  (Select the best choice.)
a) Overwhelmed

b) Depressed

c) Ashamed

d) Self-conscious

e) Jittery

The correct answer is overwhelmed. Joan felt stressed before her manager brought her more work. The additional work given to her when she already was feeling under stress only increased the feeling and made her overwhelmed.

Another style of an emotional intelligence test questions is:

How much is each feeling below expressed in this picture?

Happy 1-5

Sad 1-5

Fear 1-5

Anger 1-5

Disgust 1-5

Here you need to analyse the content and colours to identify the correct emotions and the intensity of each emotion on a scale of 1 to 5.

Let's review another example for a test questions in the emotional intelligence test is:

How much is each feeling in the list below expressed by this face?

Happiness (1-5)

Sadness (1-5)

Fear (1-5)

Anger (1-5)

Disgust (1-5)

Here you need to analyse the facial expression to identify the correct emotion and the intensity of the emotion on a scale of 1 to 5.

How the Institute will assist you to prepare for your Reasoning tests & Emotional Intelligence test with the Federal Police

The Institute’s psychologists and psychometricians have prepared several full preparation solutions for these tests. They include:

Reasoning Tests Preparation:

Tailored Practice Reasoning tests online for the Abstract Reasoning, Verbal and Numeracy:

  • All tests are based on ACER's tests.
  • All tests have step by step answer explanations so you know how to answer in your real test.
  • You get tests scores in comparison to others' performance.
  • You get effective advice about how to improve your scores.
  • Immediate Access.

Personal Tutoring for your Reasoning Tests:

  • Delivered by experienced Australian Psychometricians.
  • Offered face to face or via Skype Video.
  • Your coach works with you to improve your skills and scores.
  • Immediate Access.

Emotional Intelligence Test Preparation:

Personal Tutoring sessions (Face-to-face or Skype video)

  • Delivered by experienced Organisational Psychologists.
  • Your psychometric test trainer will teach you everything you need to know about the Emotional Intelligence test including example test questions.
  • Prior to your coaching sessions you will be given special practical material and information about the emotional intelligence test that Federal Police will ask you to complete.
  • You will also be asked to complete a practice emotional intelligence test to allow your coach to identify your areas of strength and weakness

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