CBP Entrance Exam: Practice Tests & Study Guides [2024]

What Is The CBP Officer Entrance Exam?

The CBP Officer Entrance Exam is the first screening step after the initial application. It consists of an online assessment ("Experience Record") taken at home and the actual exam that is taken at a test center and lasts for up to 4 hours, including breaks.

The CBP test is divided into three main areas, which also differ in their time allocations: Logical Reasoning (81 minutes), Arithmetic Reasoning (87 minutes), and Writing (47 minutes). Read further down for an in-depth overview of the sections and sample questions.

The minimum passing score of the CBT exam is 70, and if you wish to retake it, you must wait for 6 months from the date of your first test.

You're allowed to use a calculator, scratch paper, and pencils during the exam, which you'll receive from your proctor (you can't bring your own items, though).

CBP Online Assessment - Experience Record (Taken at Home Before the Actual Exam)

This 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 assistance or required documents.

CBT Test Free Practice Questions

Logical Reasoning Sample Question

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.

Read and decide if the conclusion necessarily follows from the premises or not.

Within the category of non-disposable appliances, you'd find all personal computers (PCs). Most PCs, and only them, are used to store information.

Only non-disposable appliances are personal computers.

Conclusion follows
Conclusion does not follow
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

If all PC’s are non-disposable appliances, then there cannot be a PC that is not a non-disposable appliance, so only non-disposable appliances are personal computers.


The prep package includes 8 logical reasoning practice tests and 2 study guides that explain the logical deduction foundations.


Arithmetic Reasoning Sample Questions

The questions consist of: (1) math word problems, (2) arithmetic calculations - addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems, and (3) calculation of decimals, averages, percentages, and rate-distance-time.

Which of the numbers below are closest to the correct answer?
1. How much are 140% of 630? 

Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

According to the question, we are looking for an approximate number, not the exact value of 140% of 630.

The number we are looking for is greater than 100% (140% to be exact) of the original number, so we are looking for numbers that are bigger than the original. This allows us to automatically eliminate 74 as the answer.

In order to work out the answer we have to add 40% to 630. Working it out quickly, 40% is close to 50% or half of 630, or approximately 300. Adding 300 to 630 brings the total up to over 900.

Therefore the correct answer is 910.


2. 194.6 / 6 = ?

Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

194.6 can be rounded up to 200. 200 / 6 ~ 33. 32.4 is by far the closest number.

Therefore the correct answer is 32.4


The prep package includes 15 math & arithmetic reasoning practice tests and 3 study guides to brush up on your math skills.

Writing Skills Sample Question

As a CBP officer, it's 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.

In this sentence, there may be a problem with English grammar.
If a problem does exist, select the letter that indicates the most effective change. If no problem exists, select choice D.

"Doctor appointments need to be made in the morning to assure that the rest of the day will be efficient."

A. appointments to appointment
B. need to needs
C. assure to ensure
D. No changes
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

Answer C is correct because assure means to be positive about something or a situation, ensure means to make something successful. In this sentence ensure should be used.


The prep package includes 11 writing practice tests to improve a variety of writing skills, such as grammar, syntax, restatement, paragraph organization, and more.


How Hard Is the CBP Entrance Exam?

The CBP Entrance Exam is intentionally designed to be hard, since it shortlists the most capable candidates who possess the required abilities to succeed both in the tough CBP academy training and in the demanding day-to-day job.

That being said, since you receive enough time to prepare before taking the exam, you can potentially improve the skills that are being measured and increase your chances of passing the exam.

CBP Officer Hiring Process

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:
  • 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 CBP Officer:

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


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