Preparing for South Australia Police Aptitude Tests

If you are applying to join South Australia Police, you will be asked to complete the following tests as part of your entrance exam:

Police Spelling Test

In this online test, you are presented with between 30 and 40 words at twenty-second intervals. Your task is to correctly spell each word.

Police Comprehension Test

In this online test, you are presented with a list of words and asked to construct a sentence with each word to demonstrate you understand its meaning.

Police Mathematical Test

The online mathematical test has 10 questions to determine your abilities with simple mathematical calculations: adding and subtracting fractions; multiplying numbers; calculating percentages; calculating averages, etc.

Here is an example of a mathematical test question:

How much is 2 x 3/8 ?

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Police Verbal Reasoning Test

This online verbal test includes about 30 multiple-choice questions designed to assess your verbal reasoning ability. Questions in this test include: word analogy; odd ones out (identify groups of words); synonyms and antonyms; and logical thinking questions.

Here is an example for a verbal reasoning test questions:

Car is to road, as boat is to (?)

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Police Numerical Reasoning Test

This online numerical test requires you to answer 34 short numerical questions. These include number series (standard and sudoku) questions, and work problems (e.g. speed, time, and distance).

Here is an example for a numerical reasoning test question:

A painter paints 2 square metres per 30 minutes. How many hours will it take him to paint the walls of a room 5 metres long,4 metres wide, and 2 metres high?

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Police Abstract Reasoning Test

This online abstract test includes 45 multiple-choice questions. Your task is to identify logical rules and patterns across a group of shapes.

For example, which figure is next in this series?

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Police Grammatical Test

This online test measures your ability to detect grammatical or punctuation mistakes in a series of written sentences.

For example, which section of the following sentence contains a mistake?

The boys money / was stolen from his bag / that he left / in his car.

Police Verbal Comprehension Test

This online verbal comprehension test measures your ability to read and understand written English. The test includes several passages on general topics with a number of multiple-choice questions for each passage. Your task is to answer the questions based on the information provided in the paragraph.

Here is an example verbal comprehension test question:

Please read the following text and answer the question based solely on the information provided.

Soy- and rice-based diets are very popular in Third World countries. The soybean has a higher phytate content than any other grain or legume that has been studied. Phytate is an organic acid, present in the bran or hulls of all seeds, which blocks the uptake of essential minerals – calcium, magnesium, iron, and especially zinc – in the intestinal tract.

Soybeans seem to be highly resistant to many phytate-reducing techniques, such as long, slow cooking. Only a long period of fermentation will significantly reduce the phytate content of soybeans. Thus, fermented products, such as tempeh and miso, provide nourishment that is easily assimilated. When precipitated soy products are consumed with meat, the mineral-blocking effects of the phytates are reduced.

Statement: People in Third World countries have low levels of calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc.

Based on the information provided, is the statement:

  1. true
  2. false
  3. can’t say

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Police Spelling Test

In this online spelling test, you are presented with between 30 and 40 words at twenty-second intervals. Your task is to correctly spell each word.

Written Expression Test

This test measures your capability to communicate information in a clear and concise manner. The test includes some brief notes made by a police officer at the scene of a crime. Your task is to produce a written report about the incident based on the notes.

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