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

QPS's new Reasoning tests no longer follow the Wonderlic test but are now grouped into 3 timed tests:

  • Verbal reasoning test
  • Numerical reasoning test
  • Abstract reasoning test

Queensland Police's Verbal Reasoning Test:

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.

Queensland Police's Nuerical reasoning test:

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:

Assuming you purchased a Premium package for three months, and then switched to the Basic account for a further six months, how many hours of free viewing could you have?

a. 150

b. 72

c. 90

d. 45

e. 108

To answer this test question we need to review the two tables. Based on the first table we can learn that when you purchased a Premium package for 3 months, you also received 18 free viewing hours per month. This means 18 x 3 = 54 free hours. Then you switched to the Basic package for another 6 months. This offered you 6 free hours per month. This means 6 x 6 = 36 free hours. Therefore, the total number of free hours was 54 + 36 = 90 hours. Therefore, C is the correct answer.

Another example 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.

QPS's Abstract Reasoning test:

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.

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

The Institute’s Psychometric test experts 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.
  • Immediate Access.

Abstract, Verbal & Numerical reasoning test Courses online

  • Abstract reasoning test course
  • Verbal Reasoning test course
  • Numerical reasoning test course
  • All the knowledge you need to answer the Cognitive test
  • Developed by experienced Psychometric test trainers.
  • Immediate Access.

Personal Tutoring for your Cognitive Test

  • Delivered by experienced Australian Psychometric test trainers.
  • Offered face to face or via Skype live.
  • 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.
  • Immediate Access.

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.

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