About

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 protect U.S. land and coastal borders 24/7. To become a U.S. Border Patrol Agent, you must take the U.S. Border Patrol Entrance Exam.


About 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 it assesses 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 and draw conclusions from it.

Each question contains a reading passage followed by a statement or question and five response choices. 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.

Spanish Language Test

The Spanish Language Proficiency Test is 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 vocaulary section and a three-part grammar section.

Artificial Language Test

The Artificial Language Test (ALT) is taken by those candidates who do not already 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

The personal assessment is 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.


The Benefits of Being a Border Patrol Employee

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.


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:

  • 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
  • Be willing to travel

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 Border Patrol Entrance Exam
  3. Qualifications Review
  4. Background Investigation
  5. Medical Exam
  6. Fitness Tests
  7. Structured Interview
  8. Polygraph Exam
  9. Drug Test

Prepare for the Border Patrol Entrance Exam

JobTestPrep's Border Patrol Agent Entrance Exam PrepPack™ includes comprehensive preparation for the Logical Reasoning Test. (Unfortunately, at this time, we do not provide preparation materials for the Spanish and Artifical Language Tests.) 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. Start practicing with JobTestPrep today.


Related Links


What's Included

  • One full-length Border Patrol–style logical reasoning practice test
  • 100 additional logical deduction practice questions 
  • Fully detailed explanations & score reports
  • Logical reasoning study guide
  • All difficulty levels seen on the real test
  • Secured payment
  • Exclusive to JobTestPrep
Related PrepPacks™ that come with membership: