The Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Entrance Exam takes 4–6 hours to complete and consists of four different sections: logical reasoning, arithmetic reasoning, writing skills, and work style (personal assessment).
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 CBP exam requires careful reading and focus. Although the passages contain information relating to the work of border protection officers 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.
The arithmetic reasoning test contains basic arithmetic computations, assessing candidates’ skills in mathematical knowledge and reasoning. The questions consist of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems, as well as the calculation of decimals, averages, percentages, and rate-distance-time. Certain questions may be presented as text-based word problems instead of math computations. Such questions require candidates to read the sentence/short paragraph and identify the necessary computation.
As a CBP Officer, it is crucial to have excellent writing skills. Border protection officers often need to write up reports and assessments that are both clear and concise as well as grammatically correct. The writing skills test assesses a candidate's ability to structure paragraphs in a logical order, use words in their correct context, and punctuate correctly.
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.
A CBP Officer's starting salary is $32,844. Officers receive personal leave days for vacation, family care, and illness, as well as ten paid federal holidays per year. Officers 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.
The application process to become a CBP Officer 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:
There are nine steps in the hiring process to become a CBP Officer. Keep in mind that some of these steps may occur in a slightly different order or simultaneously.
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