Border Patrol Entrance Exam Preparation (2024)

The U.S. Border Patrol Entrance Exam

The Border Patrol Entrance Exam measures a candidate's mental ability to serve as a Border Patrol Agent. The exam takes between four to six hours to complete; and dives into logical reasoning, work style (personal assessment), and foreign language competency. 

The Border Patrol Entrance Exam is made up of three tests and a personal assessment:

Logical Reasoning Test

The Logical Reasoning Test is designed to measure a candidate’s ability to understand complicated written material while drawing conclusions from it.

Each question contains a reading passage followed by a statement or question and five possible responses. Candidates are asked to either draw a valid conclusion from the passage or determine that the given statement cannot be validly concluded. 

This part of the exam requires careful reading and focus. Although the passages contain information relating to the work of border patrol agents or the federal government, candidates are not being tested on their knowledge of the facts, but rather on their critical thinking skills and their ability to draw conclusions from the given material. Note that there is no penalty for guessing. Learn more about The Border Patrol Logical Reasoning Test

Spanish Language Test

The Spanish Language Proficiency Test was designed for those candidates who are already familiar with the Spanish language. All Border Patrol Agent applicants are either required to know Spanish or able and willing to learn.

This test is divided into two sections: a vocabulary section and a three-part grammar section.

Artificial Language Test

The Artificial Language Test (ALT) is taken by those candidates who do not yet know Spanish. The exam is designed to assess the test taker's willingness and ability to learn a new language (in this particular case, Spanish).

The actual test is composed of an artificial or invented language with a vocabulary list and glossary of grammatical rules available.

Personal Assessment

Personal assessments are an examination of job-related experiences and achievements. Be sure to give honest and straightforward answers and to check the job requirements beforehand in case you need to bring assisting or required documents.

Border Patrol Agent Hiring Process

The application process to become a Border Patrol Agent is extremely rigorous in order to ensure those selected can carry out the duties expected of them.

Before applying, you must first meet some basic requirements:

The requirements:
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a valid driver's license
  • Have resided in the U.S. for at least three of the last five years
  • Be eligible to carry a firearm
  • Be under the age of 40
There are nine steps in the hiring process to become a Border Patrol Agent

Keep in mind that some of these steps may occur in a slightly different order or simultaneously.

  1. Apply
  2. Take the CBP Entrance Exam
  3. Qualifications Review
  4. Background Investigation
  5. Medical Exam
  6. Fitness Tests
  7. Structured Interview
  8. Polygraph Exam
  9. Drug Test


We are here to help you with the first step - Border Patrol's Logical Reasoning Test. 


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BPA Test Preparation

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What Is The Border Patrol Logical Reasoning Test?

Logical reasoning is a crucial tool for Border Patrol Agents. They must make critical decisions in a short amount of time, based on their ability to read and understand laws, legal commentary, and regulations.

Most of the Border Patrol Agent's decisions must be made through reasoning. National security depends on this ability.

Your Logical Reasoning Test will be the Computer Adaptive Test (CAT), which is a form of computer-based testing that is tailored to the ability level of each test taker.

The following questions highly resemble some questions you'll likely face on the real Border Patrol Agents  Exam. Give it a try!

Logical Reasoning Sample Questions

Read and decide if the conclusions necessarily follow from the premises or not.

Question 1:

All Poverty-stricken people suffer from multiple physical illnesses.
All people with multiple physical illnesses are displeased with their life.

Conclusion: People pleased with their life are not poverty-stricken.

Conclusion follows
Conclusion does not follow
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

You know for a fact that every person who is Poverty-stricken is also displeased with their life. Therefore, there could be no scenario in which someone pleased with their life is also Poverty-stricken.


Question 2:

All Stand-up comedians are optimistic.
If you are a violinist, then you must be optimistic.

Conclusion: If you are not optimistic, then you are neither a violinist nor a Stand-up comedian.

Conclusion follows
Conclusion does not follow
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

If all stand-up comedians and violinists are optimistic, then no non-optimistic people can be stand-up comedians or violinists.


Prepare for the Border Patrol Entrance Exam

JobTestPrep's Border Patrol Agent Entrance Exam PrepPack™ includes comprehensive preparation for the Logical Reasoning Test.  Included in our PrepPack™ are comprehensive practice tests designed to help you familiarize yourself with logical reasoning questions. In addition, our study guide provides excellent insights on how to best solve these types of questions.

Border Patrol Agent Interview

Due to the demanding nature of the Border Patrol Agent position, after you pass the entrance exam, one of the next steps in the interview. 

During the interview, you will be expected to demonstrate abilities and characteristics important to Border Patrol Agent positions. Qualities like good judgment, emotional maturity, interpersonal skills, and sensitivity to the needs of others, among others.

The Benefits of Being a Border Patrol Agent

The U.S. Border Patrol is one of the country's largest border security agencies, protecting the American people from terrorism, human and drug smuggling, and illegal migration.

More than 20,000 Border Patrol Agents patrol U.S. land and coastal borders 24/7,and to join them, you must take the U.S. Border Patrol Entrance Exam.

A Border Patrol Agent's starting salary is $40,511. Agents receive personal leave days for vacation, family care, and illness, as well as ten paid federal holidays per year.

Agents also receive life and health insurance options, along with a Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). The FERS includes a Thrift Savings Plan, Social Security, and FERS basic annuity.



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