Professional Preparation for QLD Police Cognitive test

If you are applying to join the Queensland Police, you are required to undergo a set of tests as part of your selection process. One of those is a psychometric test - The Cognitive test.

Preparation for QLD Police Cognitive Test

QLD Police uses the Cognitive test to assess your fluid and crystalised intelligence, which are critical components in your ability to perform your duties and responsibilities of a police officer.

The QLD Police Cognitive test is a timed test that includes 3 sections in one test - Abstract reasoning section, Verbal reasoning section & Numerical reasoning section.

The main challenge of the Cognitive test is the timer. The timer is set so only 2-3% of the population can complete this test on time and have all the questions right. Therefore, your task is to try to get as many test questions as you can right.

The Verbal Reasoning test questions in QLD Police Cognitive test

The Verbal reasoning test questions in QLD Cognitive test are multiple-choice test questions. These questions are designed to measures your verbal reasoning skills which includes yor ability to process verbal information in an effective and efficient manner, identify critical issues and master the English language as a way to communicate and comprehend instructions.

The Verbal Reasoning test questions in QLD Police's Cognitive test are grouped into 3 types:

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:


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’.

The Abstract Reasoning test questions in QLD Police's Cognitive test

The Abstract test questions in QLD Police's Cognitive test are also timed and are forced-choice (which means that each question has between 4 to 5 answer options and only one is correct). All Abstract test questions are non-verbal problems, which means that there is no text to read. Each Abstract test question displays a group of shapes that have some common patterns or rules. Your task is to quickly identify the patterns and logical rules for each group of shapes and then use them to select the correct answer. Each Abstract test question in the Cognitive test has a different group of shapes and different patterns and logical rules.

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.

The Numerical Reasoning test questions in QLD Police Cognitive Test:

There are 2 types of Numerical reasoning test questions in QLD Police's Cognitive test:

Type 1 Numerical reasoning test questions in QLD Police's Cognitive test -

This type of numerical test questions include traditional number series, which are a list of consecutive numbers. Each type 1 numerical test question displays a list of numbers and your task is to identify the pattern and logical rules for this set of numbers and based on the patterns that you identified you can correctly select the missing number. 

Type 1 Numerical reasoning test questions also offer number series in a Sudoku format of a 3 by 3 table with one missing number.

Example Numerical test question in QLD Police's Cognitive test:

Find the missing number in the following set:

144, ? , 48 , 2 , 24 , 4 , 6

To answer this question, we need to identify the pattern in this number series. A pattern is a rule that explains why all numbers are positioned where they are. In this case, we would start analysing the numbers to lthe right of the missing number as this offers us much more numbers to work with. First we look at the 3 following numbers - 48, 2 , and 24. Can we see some rule here? Yes, 24 times 2 is 48. Let's check if this rule applies to the other numbers - 24 , 4 and 6. Yes, as 6 times 4 is 24. If we apply this pattern or rule then 48 times ? is 144. Therefore, the missing number is 144 : 48 = 3.

Type 2 Numerical reasoning test questions in QLD Police's Cognitive test - 

This type of numerical test questions include short written numerical test questions. You will need to master how to multiply numbers, calculate averages, calculate percentages, calculate a change in percentages and calculate ratios to correctly solve this type of numerical test questions. 

Example Numerical test question in QLD Police's Cognitive test:

Tom has been flying his small jet for 30 minutes and has travelled 200 Kilometres. What has been his average speed in Kilometres per hour?

To answer this question we need to first identify the connection between the figures given in the question. In this case, the connection is Time multiply by Speed = Distance. Before we plug in the numbers we first need to change the given Time of 30 minutes to Hours so we can get the speed in Km per Hour. To convert minutes to hours we need to divide the minutes by 60: 30 minutes / 60 = 1/2 Hour. Then we can plug the numbers to the formula: Time x Speed = Distance. 1/2 x Speed = 200 Km. Then Speed = 200 Km / 1/2 Hour = 400 Km per hour.

How the Institute will assist you to prepare for your Cognitive test with QLD Police

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

Cognitive Test Preparation:

Tailored Practice Abstract, Verbal & Numerical reasoning tests online for QLD Police's Cognitive test

  • All tests are based on real test questions.
  • All tests are timed to give you the same experience as in your real test.
  • 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.
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Abstract, Verbal & Numerical reasoning test Courses online

  • Abstract reasoning test course
  • Verbal Reasoning test course
  • Numerical reasoning test course
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Personal Tutoring for your Cognitive Test

  • Delivered by experienced Australian Psychometricians.
  • Offered face to face or via Skype Video.
  • Prior to a personal coaching/tutoring you will be asked to complete several practice tests so we can identify your baseline and areas of weakness.
  • Then your coach works with you, during the personal tutoring, about how to improve your skills and scores.
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