Intelligence, literacy and emotional intelligence testing gateway

Intelligence Testing (Revelian Cognitive Ability Test – RCAT)

Shortly after submitting your application for Entry Level Recruits you will be invited to complete intelligence testing - a cognitive ability assessment designed to measure your ability to understand verbal, numerical and abstract relationships.

The RCAT is timed and conducted in an unsupervised online environment – such as at home on your personal computer and will take 20 minutes to complete.  The RCAT should be completed in a quiet location and you should not be using aids (such as a calculator) while completing the test. Should it be determined you utilised aids or external assistance in completing your unsupervised test, you may be permanently excluded from any AFP roles.

It is important to note that you are required to validate your unsupervised RCAT result at the Supervised Testing and Awareness Session, which could be run as early as two weeks after submitting your application.

Our recruitment processes are highly competitive and you are required to achieve a competitive score on this test before progressing to the next stage of the selection process. If you are unsuccessful, you must wait 12 months (from the date of initial testing) before you are eligible to undertake testing again.

You might like to have some practice at the style of aptitude testing used. You can complete an example of the RCAT on the Revelian website.

Literacy Testing

Applicants invited to the AFP Supervised Testing and Awareness Session, will partake in a supervised one hour (timed) literacy test. The purpose of this test is to ensure that applicants are able to:

  • express themselves clearly
  • write in a chronological order
  • combine information
  • structure paragraphs and documents
  • write complete sentences
  • use appropriate grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • follow instruction

Emotional Intelligence Testing (MSCEIT)

The Emotional Intelligence test (or MSCEIT) is designed to measure the four major domains of emotional intelligence:

  • Perceiving Emotions: Ability to perceive emotions, both in others and in themselves
  • Facilitating Thought: Ability to generate emotions and use them to assist with activities such as motivation or problem solving
  • Understanding Emotions: Ability to understand the different emotions, their causes, and how they change over time
  • Managing Emotions: Ability to manage and control the emotions in others and themselves

This assessment includes a variety of sections that comprise of multiple choice questions. Applicants invited to the AFP Supervised Testing and Awareness Session, will partake in this supervised (approx. 40 minute) test.

Our recruitment processes are highly competitive and you are required to achieve a competitive score on this test before progressing to the next stage of the selection process. If you are unsuccessful, you must wait 12 months (from the date of initial testing) before you are eligible to undertake testing again.

Testing Tips

  • More general information on aptitude, literacy and psychometric testing is readily available on the Internet, or can be found in the self-development section of bookstores.
  • Avoid interruptions and find a quiet location to undertake the test. Turn off your mobile to ensure you are not disturbed.
  • Ensure that you are well rested and avoid alcohol before undertaking the test.
  • Engage in some kind of relaxation activity before starting the test.
  • Try not to overthink each question, and if in doubt, try to go with your gut feeling

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