Do you want a rewarding career in law enforcement where you can serve Canada and Canadians?
Do you want a job where you can make a positive difference, have job security, a good salary, great benefits and a solid pension?Well, you have to pass the test first….
The vast majority of people who take the test fail. I have heard it is around 80% who fail.
From my personal experience, it was the hardest aptitude test I have taken. It was much harder than the both the RCMP and the Provincial Police Tests I have taken in the past. It wasn’t difficult because the questions were so hard. It was difficult because:
1. It is 4 and half hours long – you need endurance for a test this length and you need to be able to manage your time. The test is broken down into sections and each section has its own booklet. When the test facilitators say “stop” that’s it for that section and you need to move on to the next.
2. In my opinion, the RCMP test is more right brain challenging, while the provincial police test was more left brain challenging. The BSOT however, is almost the perfect mix of both. So you must be equally strong in both areas.
3. There is no indication of how many points each question or section is worth so you have to either make your best guess on where to concentrate (I have my suspicions) or apply your efforts evenly. Since there are 178 questions and the total score is out of 900, obviously each question is not necessarily worth the same number of points.
4.. Unless you’ve taken the test before, you have no idea what to expect. You are in effect going in “blind”. The questions can be considerably harder than the examples provided in the info booklet provided by the CBSA.
The BSOT is 4 and half hours long and requires a passing score of at least 585 out of 900.
Officially the CBSA says “Because performance on the Border Services Officer Test does not depend on knowledge of a specific topic, candidates cannot study for this type of test, except for knowing basic mathematics, grammar and spelling.”
This is somewhat true. But you can totally be better prepared and score higher by understanding the format, managing your time, practicing and brushing up on basic Math and English/French.
(from the CBSA website)
The test consists of 15 sub-tests. There are 178 multiple-choice questions.
It takes approximately 4.5 hours to complete the test (this includes the break and administration
The timing of the test is organized as follows:
Candidates are given a study booklet and allowed 20 minutes to study the material. Candidates will need to recall this information to complete sub-tests 6, 7 and 8 in Part 1.
TEST – PART I Candidates are allowed one hour to complete sub-tests 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Candidates are allowed 2 minutes to study 4 photographs in order to complete sub-test 8 and 9.
TEST – PART I (continued) Candidates are given 20 minutes to complete the remainder of Part I (sub-tests 6 to 9). Questions are based on the study booklet and the photo booklet.
BREAK 30 minutes
TEST – PART II Candidates are given 1¼ hour to complete sub-tests 10 to 15.
So here’s what you need to do to pass….
1. Get this book.
2. Practice memory work. – My suspicion is that the memory portion is worth a lot of points.
3. Brush up on all the basic math and grammar – its all covered in the book!
I recommend using the memory palace technique where you take a location, place or object you are very familiar with and then associate what you need to memorize with it. The stranger the association the better. The Study guide book has exercises so you can practice.
4. Take the practice tests in the book and time yourself. Then comeback a few days later and try again. Don’t run out of time. There is no penalty for a wrong answer so make sure you answer every question.
5. On any section of the test where you are allowed, as soon as the facilitators tell you that you may begin, flip through and answer the types of questions you find the easiest. It is my suspicion that the questions get progressively harder so they must be worth more points as you get deeper into each section. So jump forward and answer what you are good at.
If you do all this, you will be better prepared than any everyone else and can be part of that 20% that is successful.
So click on the image below now and order your copy of the Study Guide from Indigo Chapters.
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- Understanding the format of tests. Going in blind is a huge mistake. The examples on the CBSA website are not indicative of the level of difficulty of the actual test.
- Practising and learning basic memory, logic and reasoning skills, and knowledge of math and English. The book also gives basic training in all these areas.
- And lastly, Time! Because the test is timed and the test is broken down to different section, each with a time limit…practising with a timer is crucial. The prep book has practice tests and how long you have for each section so I highly recommend practicing within the time constraints. There are no deduction of marks for wrong answers so the last thing you want to do is not answer a question.
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