About

You must take the Special Agent Entrance Exam (SAEE) to become a Secret Service agent. An agent protects current and former US presidents, vice presidents, their families, leading candidates for those offices, visiting heads of state, and other high-profile government officials. Secret Service agents also investigate crimes that affect the federal government, such as financial and technological fraud, money laundering, and technical attacks that hack into government systems.

Benefits of Scoring High on the Exam

By scoring high on the exam, you increase your chances of becoming a Secret Service special agent. In addition to federal employee benefits, special agents also receive annual leave of 13 to 26 days per year, 13 sick days per year, and paid holidays. They also receive low-cost life insurance and retirement benefits.

What Are the Challenges to Passing?

The Secret Service employs approximately 3,200 special agents. To become one of these 3,200, you need to succeed on the entrance exam. Only those who excel on the test move on in the hiring process, so it is essential to prepare and do well.


What Do You Get with Your Secret Service Special Agent PrepPack™?

Our Secret Service Special Agent PrepPack™ includes 43 practice tests covering English grammar, logical reasoning, and memory. It also includes two video tutorials. Finally, it features four study guides that offer tips and solving methods.


More about the Special Agent Entrance Exam

The SAEE is a paper-and-pencil exam consisting of multiple-choice questions. The SAEE is made up of five separately timed sections.

  • Section 1: Logic-Based Reasoning – This section contains 12 passages, each of which describes a set of facts. Each passage is followed by between one and four questions that are conclusions based on the set of facts presented in the passage. There are 30 questions that need to be answered in 40 minutes.
  • Section 2: Experience Inventory, Part 1 – This section contains statements describing situations that applicants may or may not have encountered before. There are 64 questions that need to be answered in 20 minutes.
  • Section 3: Language Usage – This section contains two types of documents: memoranda and summary reports. These documents contain errors, and your task is to identify the errors in grammar, syntax, punctuation, usage, and/or structure. You have 40 minutes to answer 25 questions.
  • Section 4: Experience Inventory, Part 2 – This section contains statements that describe different situations and opinions. You must choose the response option that best reflects the extent to which your past supervisors and/or teachers would agree that the statement describes you.​​​ You have 30 minutes to answer 96 questions.
  • Section 5: Detail Observation – In this section, you are presented with a series of photographs. These photographs depict images that may be seen when working as a special agent. After viewing the photographs, you must answer a series of questions unrelated to the photographs. You then need to answer a series of questions about what appeared in the photographs. You are not allowed to view the photographs while answering these questions. This section contains three photographs and three sets of accompanying questions, and it takes approximately 40 minutes to complete.

The Secret Service Special Agent Hiring Process

To become a Secret Service Special Agent, you must undertake a two-phased hiring process. Phase I is referred to as the Competency phase. It consists of six steps:

  1. Job Opportunity Announcements Posted on USAJobs
  2. Qualifications/Resume Review
  3. Written Exam (SAEE)
  4. Applicant Physical Abilities Test (APAT)
  5. Interview
  6. Conditional Job Offer

Phase II is referred to as the Security phase. It consists of five steps:

  1. Security Interview/Credit Checks
  2. Polygraph Exam
  3. Medical Exam/Psychological Exam
  4. Background Investigation
  5. Hiring Panel

Prepare for the SAEE with JobTestPrep

JobTestPrep's SAEE PrepPack™ helps you to thoroughly and extensively prepare for the exam. By reviewing our Secret Service special agent study guide, you will gain familiarity with the overall format of three of the test sections. In addition, six different PDF and video study guides can train and hone your skills to help you get the best results. The practice tests included in the pack come with Q&A analysis geared to specifically upgrade subject matter competency and establish a facility with the types of questions presented. This helps to increase both speed and accuracy. 


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What's Included

  • 26 English grammar practice tests and drills
  • 12 logical reasoning practice tests
  • Five memory practice tests and drills
  • Six video tutorials and study guides
  • Detailed answer explanations & score reports
  • Secured payment

 

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