In Canada there are four different types of police officers. There is the Provincial Police, the Independent Police agencies, First Nations and Transit police. The RCMP is the provincial police, and in each Province there may be independent police agencies. In order to join the RCMP or an independent police agency, you need to take an exam. 


Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

Every Province has provincial police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The RCMP covers the areas in which the other detachments do not. For the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon, there is only the RCMP which covers the federal, territorial, city/municipal and First Nations policing services. To become a RCMP you need to take a written exam. Learn more about the RCMP Entrance Exam.


Province Police Exams

Each Province has the RCMP, some also have independent agencies. Below is a list of all the Provinces and what kind of police agencies they have.

  • In British Columbia, there is the largest contingent of RCMP officers in Canada. But they also have city and municipality police as well. The exam that a majority police services require you to take a written exam. The exam they require you to take is the Intake Exam
  • In Alberta, there is not only the RCMP Entrance Exam. To become a police officer in Alberta you must take two exams. You must take the Alberta Communication Test (ACT) and the Alberta Police Cognitive Ability Test (APCAT). Both of these exams test your abilities in basic English writing skills and your ability to perform effectively as a police officer. Learn more about the Alberta Police Exams.
  • In Manitoba, each police detachment may require a different exam. The exam may be a Work-Related Education Test & Essay or an exam that tests basic grade 12 knowledge. Preparing for these exams will get you one step closer to becoming an officer. You may also take the RPAB exam to join the RCMP.
  • To become a police officer in Ontario, you will want to join the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). To apply for the OPP you have to go through the Applicant Testing Services (ATS). The OPP has a 5 step pre-interview assessment testing process. The pre-interview assessment testing includes the two written exams the Police Analytical Thinking Inventory (PATI) and the Written Communication Test (WCT).
  • Not only does Nova Scotia have the RCMP, but they have several police agencies. They each require a written exam. Look to your local police detachment to see which exam they require you to take. The writing exam will most likely assess the your knowledge in area which relate directly to policing. It may include some, if not all of the following; Criminal Code, Other Federal Statutes, police tactics/procedures, and case law.
  • In Saskatchewan the police are required to take a written exam. Each detachment may administer a different or same exam. For example the Saskatoon & Regina police services require you to take the SIGMA exam, which measures skills and abilities in Incident Report Writing, Problem Solving, Oral Proficiency in English and your knowledge of English slang.
  • To join the Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, or Prince Edward Island police, you will need to look to your local police detachment to see which exam they administer. Preparing for the exam is key to your success of becoming a police officer.

Sample Questions

We provide sample questions in common areas found on police exams to prepare you for the exam. Try practicing for the exam with our free police practice test online.


Prepare for Canada Police Exams

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