Everything You Need to Know About the Victoria Police Entrance Exam
What is the Victoria Police Entrance Exam?
The Victoria Police Entrance Exam is the first main hurdle for every candidate.
In the test, you’ll be scored on a range of skills including:
|Section||Type of Assessment||Number of Questons||Time Allowed||Pass Mark|
|Verbal Reasoning||Online Multiple Choice||34||15 mins||15/34|
|Abstract Reasoning||Online Multiple Choice||45||20 mins||32/45|
|Numeracy Skills||Online Multiple Choice & Numeric Entry||30||35 mins||100*|
|Literacy Skills||Online Multiple Choice||30||35 mins||100*|
|Extended Writing||Hand Written||1||45 mins||14/20|
|Summary Writing||Hand Written||1||20 mins||14/20|
|Oral Assessment||Online Audio Recording/Response||5||10 mins||14/20|
|Computer Skills Assessment||Online Responses||13||15 mins||22/25|
*The Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) is used to score these sections.
Aim to score above 60% for Police and 50% for PSO.
How Hard is the Victoria Police Entrance Exam?
It is no harder than the Acer Practice Exams provided, in fact, the abstract reasoning is significantly easier on the actual entrance exam than the practice exams. I do not know why.
But I recommend every candidate purchase and complete the Acer Practice Exams as you’ll get the best idea of how well you will go on the actual Victoria Police Entrance Exam.
Why Scoring Well is Important?
Obviously, passing it a must, but every candidate should be looking to score as high as they can.
Because at the end of the recruitment process, if you are successful, you will be placed in the Merit Pool along with every other successful candidate, ranked on a range of factors, included your score on the Victoria Police Entrance Exam.
The higher your score on the entrance exam, the higher your rating in the Merit Pool, which means a quicker call up into the Victoria Police Academy.
How Should I Best Prepare for the Victoria Police Entrance Exam?
Simple, plan appropriately and give yourself plenty of time.
I had 4 weeks to prepare after I applied. I am glad I did because I only just passed the numeracy section and failed the abstract reasoning section.
Start off by completing all the Acer Practice Exams.
Once completed, look at which sections went well and which didn’t. (Note, if you are not sure how good your written & summary essay’s are, then feel free to send one of each to me for a check over, see contact at the bottom of the page).
If you’ve struggled with most of the sections, then you need to allow plenty of time to get up to speed.
Hopefully, you have at least a month before the exam, otherwise, you’ll have to invest as many hours as you can into studying.
I cannot stress this enough, it is far better to over-prepare than under-prepare.
Failing any sections of the exam will not look good on your candidate record.
If you’re struggling, purchase (or check your local library) the Acer Practise Now! book, which has detail explanations of how to answer questions.
This book was helpful, but note it doesn’t have many practice questions.
As a result, you will then need to source extra practice exams and ideally, specific to the Victoria Police.
Of course, I am biased and recommend purchasing the practice exams on my website (which is why I built this website, because there was no practice exams at a price I was willing to pay).
There are other websites that do offer specific Victoria Police Practice Exams, but they are much more expensive.
Every week, you should take the same exams and re-write the essay responses to the same questions. Over and over again.
If English is your second language, I recommend seeking out a tutor to help assist you. The investment is well worth it.
What is the Victoria Police Entrance Exam like on the day?
I arrived there early at the Box Hill, Melbourne testing site with approx. 60 other people.
We spent a long time standing around before we were called into the testing room.
We were seated in pods of 4 people.
After everyone took their seats, the Acer people talked us through the instructions.
The computer system you will use is very simple and easy to understand.
The first section was the Oral task, which was a lot easier than the video shown in the Victoria Police Candidate Info Booklet!
Note: You only get to see the video once and be aware, that you’ll be speaking into a recorder at the same time as everyone else so speak up!
I cannot recall the order of the rest of the exam sections. The two writing sections were back to back.
There were 2-3 breaks throughout the day for 10-15mins each.
I would recommend bringing some snacks if you’re like me and your blood-sugar levels drops.
I don’t think you need to dress up as many people there were quite casual and I the Acer folks aren’t recording what you wear, so dress comfortably.