Preparing for NSW Police Verbal & Abstract Reasoning Tests 2019

If you are applying to join the NSW Police, you are required to undergo a set of tests. Two of those are psychometric tests - The Verbal Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning tests:

Verbal Reasoning Test

The Verbal reasoning test is timed and includes a list of multiple choise verbal test questions. The test measures you verbal reasoning skills which includes yor ability to process verbal information in an effective and efficient manner, identify crtitical issues and master the English language as a way to communicate and comprehand instructions.

The verbal reasoning test for NSW Police includes the following types of test questions:

Type 1 – ‘List of statements’ test questions

With this type of question, you will be presented with a list of statements or facts. You will then be asked if one or more of the statements ‘prove’ or ‘disprove’ the conclusion in the test question.

Let’s look at the following example test question:

Question:

Which two statements together prove that boys are not girls?

A.   all boys have an earring in one eyebrow

B.   girls don’t like boys

C.   boys don’t like girls

D.   if you have an earring, you are not a girl

E.   if you are not a girl, you must have an earring

If you combine the first statement that ‘all boys have an earring in one eyebrow’ with the fourth statement, ‘if you have an earring, you are not a girl’, you will get: ‘all boys have an earring, and they are not girls’.

As you can see, this is factual nonsense, but you are not being asked about reality: only whether you can identify if specific statements (right, wrong or indifferent) support a particular statement (however silly). Your ability to apply logic is being tested, not your grip on reality. Therefore, the correct answer is A and D.

Type 2 – ‘Word list’ and ‘odd-one-out’ test questions

This type of question presents you with a list of words or phrases, and asks which one or two in the list are dissimilar to the others (i.e. find the ‘odd one out’).

Let’s review the following example:

Four of the following five options are alike in some way – select the one that is not.

A.   to acquit

B.   to esteem

C.   to exculpate

D.   to exonerate

E.   to vindicate

Most words in this list have a common theme: ‘to acquit’, ‘to exculpate’, ‘to exonerate’, and ‘to vindicate’ are all verbs that relate to being found or declared not guilty, or free from blame. However, ‘to esteem’ means to respect and admire and has a different meaning to the rest. This is the odd one out.

Type 3 – ‘Word association’ test questions

For these, you will be given two words that are associated in some way (i.e. an analogy) and a list of options. You will then asked which of the options is most like the given word association. 

Let’s look at an example:

Cane : walk, as eyeglasses ?

A.   taste

B.   hear

C.   colour

D.   run

E.   observe

F.   sun

The association between ‘cane’ and ‘walk’ is that the cane is an ancillary instrument to assist someone to walk. Therefore, we need to find a word in the list with a similar association to ‘eyeglasses’. ‘Eyeglasses’ are an ancillary instrument to help someone ‘observe’, so this forms the same relationship as exists between ‘cane’ and ‘walk’.

Abstract Reasoning Test

Same as the Verbal reasoning test, NSW Police's abstract reasoning test is timed and has a list of multiple choice test questions. All test questions are 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:

Which figure is next in this series?

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.

How the Instiute will assist you to prepare for your Reasoning tests with NSW 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 and Verbal Reasoning tests:

  • 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 Abstract & Verbal 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.
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