AFP Entrance Exam

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the AFP in conjunction with ACER are making alternative arrangements to enable eligible applicants to undertake the AFP Entrance Exam in a home based setting. If you have registered your interest, please monitor your nominated email address for updates as they become available.

Upon registering your interest, you will be invited to complete the AFP Entrance Exam. This forms part of Step One of the process, successful completion of this assessment is required to progress through to Step Two.

The AFP Entrance Exam is administered by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and is one component in a series of recruitment gateways that will determine applicant suitability for a policing or protection role.  Additional information, including practice tests can be found on the ACER website.

Once you have successfully submitted your application for an Entry Level Recruit process, you will be invited to register for the Entrance Exam.  Exam sessions times/dates will be outlined when you register. Keep an eye on your nominated email address for your invite.

The AFP Entrance Exam is comprised of five online tests (as outlined below) that are designed to assess your level of cognitive ability and emotional intelligence. The majority of questions asked are either multiple choice or short answer format, with the exception being the Online Writing Assessment.

The AFP Entrance Exam is completed in a supervised environment, over a 4-5 hour period.

Test Assessment Type Number of Questions Time Allowed
Literacy Skills Online Text Entry and Multiple Choice 30 35 mins
Numeracy Skills Online Text Entry and Multiple Choice 30 35 mins
Abstract Reasoning Online Multiple Choice 30 35 mins
Written Assessment Online Extended Writing 1 35 mins
Emotional Intelligence Test Online Multiple Choice 141 Untimed

You must successfully complete all test components in the AFP Entrance Exam and meet the minimum score for each assessment in order to be deemed suitable to progress in the recruitment process. Upon receiving your outcome, a statement of attainment will be accessible to you outlining your entrance exam results.

There is one opportunity for you to re-sit some of the tests components if you do not pass after your first sitting. Unfortunately this is not the case for the Emotional Intelligence test and if you do not attain the minimum score on your first sitting, you will have to wait 12 months before you can sit the test again.

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, AFP in conjunction with ACER are cancelling the AFP Entrance Exam in the face-to-face format until further notice.

AFP Entrance Exam dates and locations

City May 2020 August 2020 October 2020
Adelaide N/A N/A N/A
Alice Springs N/A N/A N/A
Brisbane N/A N/A N/A
Canberra N/A N/A N/A
Darwin N/A N/A Saturday 10 October
Exmouth N/A N/A N/A
Melbourne N/A N/A N/A
Perth N/A N/A N/A
Sydney N/A N/A N/A
Townsville N/A N/A N/A
Cairns N/A N/A N/A
Geraldton N/A N/A N/A

Please note: Details for upcoming Entrance Exam dates/locations are subject to change.

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