The FBI Special Agent Exam is also referred to as the Phase I Test. It is a three-hour exam consisting of cognitive, behavioral, and logical reasoning tests.
By receiving a high score on the exam, you increase your chances of gaining employment with the FBI. The FBI is a federal government agency responsible for law enforcement and domestic intelligence that, among its many duties, defends the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats. The FBI also provides criminal justice services to municipal, state, federal, and international agencies. The starting salary for an FBI special agent is $47,630. The FBI provides its employees with health benefits, a Thrifts Savings Plan, life insurance, and time off for vacation and sick leave, with an additional 10 days off for Federal holidays.
The FBI employs approximately 14,000 special agents. The special agents of the FBI are the agency’s primary investigators, responsible for enforcing federal statutes and conducting federal and national security investigations. The five major career paths for special agent employees include opportunities in intelligence, counter-intelligence, counter-terrorism, criminal, and cyber. These main paths branch out to many other departments that consist of job-specific FBI special agents.
The FBI has very strict entry requirements designed to pick out the most appropriate candidates for the FBI agent job. Entry to all FBI special agent positions is conducted through FBI special agent exams.
You should prepare for the test before taking it. Our PrepPack™ includes timed tests and study guides to help you get ready. Our practice tests include detailed answer explanations. By practicing, you increase your chances of achieving a high score on the test. A high score not only ensures that you pass the exam, but it also gives you a better chance of gaining employment.
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The FBI Special Agent Exam is also known as the Phase I Test. You have three hours to complete the FBI test questions, which, together, make up three multiple-choice exams:
This section of the FBI Phase 1 Test consists of 40 multiple-choice questions that measure a candidate’s willingness to take initiative, as well as his or her motivation, critical thinking, decision-making skills, and ability to maintain a positive image. These questions are similar to those found on personality tests. You will be given 30 minutes to answer the questions.
This section contains several passages that present a set of facts followed by a specific statement or question. Candidates must decide which of the five response choices best suits the statement. These questions measure each candidate’s ability to pay attention to detail, evaluate information, and make valid judgements. There is a total of 90 minutes allowed for the 40–50 questions. It is highly recommended to practice for the FBI logical reasoning test before taking the exam.
This section contains several descriptions of a certain “problem situation,” followed by a list of actions that one might take in that situation. The candidate is required to rate the effectiveness of each of the actions (from most effective to ineffective) based on his or her personal judgement. These questions measure candidates’ abilities to relate effectively with others, adapt to changing environments, organize and prioritize, and evaluate information in order to make a decision. There are 45 minutes allowed for this section of the FBI test.
The first step in the hiring process for FBI special agents is submitting your online application. When filling out the application, be prepared to answer questions about specialized skills, professional experiences, and your willingness to commit to the FBI and its mission. Additionally, you must complete a Physical Fitness evaluation, in accordance with the FBI’s Physical Fitness requirements, as part of the initial application.
Those who meet initial pre-screening and eligibility requirements are invited to take the Phase I Test. The FBI Phase I Test is a three-hour exam consisting of cognitive, behavioral, and logical reasoning tests. If you pass, you will be invited to a "Meet and Greet" interview. During the interview, you will learn more about the Special Agent Selection System and be evaluated by a recruitment team.
After passing Phase I testing and completing the "Meet and Greet", you will be reviewed by an internal FBI hiring board on your ability to meet the current needs of the FBI. After passing this review, you will be contacted to complete Phase II, which consists of two parts—a writing task and a structured interview. Phase II Writing is a 90-minute written exam meant to test your ability to analyze data and prepare a comprehensive report. At the start of the exercise, you will be given a set of background materials to use. The Phase II Structured Interview is a one-hour, structured oral panel interview. This interview is designed to measure critical skills and abilities.
Once you pass the Phase II tests, you are extended a Conditional Job Offer (CJO). Upon accepting the CJO, you will be scheduled to take the official Physical Fitness Test (PFT)—a rigorous physical examination administered in accordance with strict FBI protocol. CJOs are contingent upon successfully passing the PFT, physical, and background investigation.
Below is a sample question for the Situational Judgement Test.
In order to ensure a fair trial for any defendant, there are certain rules that defense attorneys must obey. A defense attorney must advocate for his client to the best of his ability even if he knows that his client is guilty. A defense attorney must never share confidential, attorney-client information with the prosecuting attorney. A defense attorney must not give his client bad advice that would make the defense attorney's job easier. Failure to follow these rules can result in the defense attorney being sued for misrepresentation. Suppose Ken G. is a defense attorney who has been sued for misrepresentation.
Which of the following cannot be reasonably inferred about Ken G.?
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