RCMP Entrance Exam

The RCMP aptitude test is an important part of the application procedure. Passing this pre-employment exam will place you on an “Eligible” list, moving you forward along the selection process. Your ranking on that list is wholly dependent upon your score: The better the score, the higher the rank. By contrast, in the event that the RPAB is not passed, the hiring process ends.

Research has proven a substantial correlation between aptitude tests and job performance regardless of the field. The RCMP strongly recommends that every applicant take the time and make the effort to prepare for this entrance exam by working through an RCMP practice test.

Two-Part Test – One Part consists of a Six Factor Personality Questionnaire (SFPQ). You will find 108 statements requiring an Agree or Disagree response. The time limit for this portion of the RPAB is 45 minutes. The usual test-completion time is 30 minutes. ‘Conscientious’ is the essential character trait that is being evaluated in the SFPQ. Exam statements will therefore concern behaviors that reflect honesty, integrity and commitment.

A second part of the test battery, the RCMP Police Aptitude Test (RPAT), is comprised of six testing areas in the electronic format, and a seventh skill in the Paper & Pencil format.

  • English Composition – Questions regarding spelling, grammar and vocabulary follow a written paragraph
  • English Comprehension – You will find a scenario preceding a question and group of statements designed to test your ability to read and accurately understand the material.
  • Judgment – This test area is meant to evaluate your capacity for making sound decisions leading to reasonable actions. After reading a short scenario, pick the response that is most likely to solve the problem found in the scenario.
  • Observation – Measuring your attention to detail, the task is to find the match to a mug shot.
  • Logic – An ability to identify problems within situations constitutes the assessment in this particular testing area. The exam evaluates the capacity to apply general rules in reaching reasonable answers.
  • Computation – Basic arithmetic skills are being tested.
  • Memory (exclusively in the Paper & Pencil version) – This area tests the ability to memorize text and pictorial material.

RPAB Format

When appearing for the RPAB you will encounter either a computer-generated online format or a Paper & Pencil format. There is a significant difference between the two versions.

Electronic RCMP Police Aptitude Test (e-RPAT) – The e-test is administered at the Public Service Commission’s Online Testing Facility. It is a semi-adaptive exam: Question levels fluctuate, and the number of points per question will vary in accordance with the difficulty level of each question. The level of advancement at every stage of the exam, will depend upon the answers given at the previous stage. This allows for a more accurate assessment of the applicant’s ability and results in fewer questions for a shorter test.

If your test is administered electronically, you will find 50 multiple-choice questions spanning five stages, 10 questions per stage. The timeframe for each stage is 15 minutes, totaling 75 minutes for the entire aptitude portion of the exam.

The SFPQ is standard in both formats: Electronic and Paper & Pencil. It is absolutely essential to answer every question in the SFPQ.

Paper & Pencil – When taking a Paper & Pencil RPAB, expect 114 multiple-choice questions and a timeframe of four hours. Bring a watch as an aide to managing your testing time. This test is not semi-adaptive: The question level will not change within the exam.

Keep in mind that there is no penalty for wrong answers in either format. Therefore, it is best to answer all questions; guess if necessary.


Prepare for the RCMP Exam

Follow the advice of the RCMP: Prepare by practicing on sample tests. JobTestPrep opens the preparation door for you. Affordable and thorough in its pre-employment test preparation, JobTestPrep provides the opportunity to become familiar with the RPAB format and question types, leading to a more successful and relaxed testing experience.


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