Within the Department of the Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) utilizes the Treasury Enforcement Agent Exam as the primary applicant screening tool in its Criminal Investigation Division. Treasury Enforcement Agents handle financial criminal matters such as tax fraud, computer crimes, forgery, counterfeiting and international money laundering.

The U.S. Treasury Agent exam is administered by the Department of Homeland Security for Special Agent positions in the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Department of Justice makes use of the Treasury Special Agent test in the hiring process of its Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).

Content and Format of the TEA Exam

The Treasury entrance exam is a five-part, multiple-choice, timed test. Each section it timed separately. Cognitive abilities comprise the initial three portions of the TEA exam, and personality/behavioral attributes are assessed through biodata in the last two sections.

Cognitive abilities measured include:

An Applicant Experience Questionnaire containing 70 items, highlighting your achievements, skills and experience, is the format of the final two parts of the Treasury Enforcement Agent Exam.

The entire test is scored on the sole basis of the number of correct answers. Since there are no penalties for wrong responses, it is to your advantage to answer every question; guess when necessary.

Verbal Reasoning

Verbal Reasoning section is a 25 question, 50 minute exam containing passages. The individual paragraphs contain all of the information that you will need in order to answer the questions. Do not assume any facts that are not contained in the paragraphs. Each question includes five alternatives.

Verbal Reasoning assesses the ability to recall information, summarize, analyze and draw conclusions, all based on information contained in the written material presented. Carefully read the entire paragraph for meaning. You will be asked to select the alternative that is supported by the information included within the paragraph.

Arithmetic Reasoning

You will encounter 20 questions and a 50-minute time limit in the Arithmetic Reasoning portion of the TEA Exam. Expect mathematical word problems as well as numeric problems. The math questions in this section cover a wide range of functions such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, fractions, ratios, percentages, applying given conversion formulas, angles, area, perimeter and simple algebraic equations.

Within this portion of the TEA Exam, you will need to read a paragraph, determine the necessary math functions and solve the problem.

Problems for Investigation

Expect to find 30 items, to be answered within 60 minutes. Be sure to utilize only the information presented. Each passage is accompanied by various statements. You need to analyze the statements and draw conclusions about them based on the information found in the passage.

Practice for the TEA Exam

Your potential for obtaining employment as a Treasury Enforcement Agent depends on your entrance exam score. You have the immediate opportunity to work on TEA practice tests, review a comprehensive Treasury exam study guide, analyze Treasury Enforcement Agent Exam sample questions and answers, and become privy to many testing tips and strategies. This entire preparation process can be achieved through JobTestPrep.

Our Treasury Enforcement Agent practice pack has the following sections:

  • Verbal Reasoning- The pack includes 3 tests, 12 practice units, and a study guide, all of which are accompanied by in-depth, explanations, illustrations, and score analysis, which will help you sharpen your reading comprehension and logical skills.
  • Arithmetic Reasoning- This section assesses your ability to solve problems presented numeric form, which focuses on varying mathematical functions and must be solved without the use of calculators. The pack contains 6 tests offering a range of difficulty levels, 6 practice units, and a study guide.
  • Investigative Reasoning- In order to prepare for this section, which focuses on drawing conclusions from a given set of statements, the pack offers 4 different practice units. While they are not identical to the questions you will encounter on the test, they will help you develop the necessary skills.

Related links

ATF Special Agent Exam Secret Service Exam
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  • More than 700 questions to practice with
  • 15 comprehensive Verbal Reasoning tests
  • Study guides for Verbal and Arithmetic Reasoning
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  • 4 investigative reasoning practice units 
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