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What Is the Transportation Security Administration Exam?

The Transportation Security Administration Written Exam, also known as the TSA Exam, is the test you need to take to become an inspector, manager, air marshal, or security officer. To apply, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, and possess a high school diploma. The TSA exam measures your skills in common object recognition, screener awareness, and customer service.

What Do Those Who Score High Receive?

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is a major U.S. employer with approximately 50,000 employees in more than 450 locations across the nation. Over two million air, rail, and subway passengers are screened on a daily basis by TSA professionals. Excellent federal government benefits draw a large number of applicants. Those who pass the test, and become TSA employees, receive medical care—including both dental and vision plans—a 401K, and paid vacation days. TSA employees are also paid double time on holidays.

What Are the Challenges to Passing?

The Transportation Security Administration Exam contains two sections: the Writing Skills Assessment and the X-Ray Exam. The questions are in the multiple-choice format, and you are given two and a half hours to complete the test. The X-Ray Exam is considered the more difficult of the two; you have only a few seconds to identify the object you are looking for.


Why You Need to Prepare for the TSA Exam

You can, and 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 explanations of the answers. By practicing, you up 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 over the others who've applied.


What Do You Get with Your TSA Preparation Pack?

Our PrepPack™ provides you full access to the most comprehensive practice resources for the two different tests on the exam. We offer 18 practice tests for the Writing Skills Assessment. These practice tests include drills in vocabulary, writing, and grammar. You also receive 13 X-Ray practice tests. On these tests, you must identify items in an x-ray image. Finally, the pack includes a study guide that elaborates on the different methods of analyzing x-ray images.


More about the TSA Exam

The Writing Skills Assessment tests your knowledge of basic rules of English grammar, syntax, usage, and sentence and paragraph organization. On the test, you must select one answer that represents a correction that should be made to a sentence. You will also find paragraphs that need to be placed in the proper order. Keep in mind that choice D, “No correction is necessary,” may be the correct answer.

The TSA X-Ray Test is considered the more difficult one. On this exam, you are presented with images of luggage that have gone through an X-Ray machine. You have only a few seconds to view the luggage and find the item you have been instructed to look for. The types of items you may be asked to look for in the luggage are guns, bottles, drugs, shoes, or electronics. Below is an image of one of the questions on our practice test.

TSA X-Ray Practice

Scoring is based solely on correct answers. Since there is no penalty for wrong responses, answer every question and make intelligent guesses if necessary.


The Transportation Security Administration Hiring Process

The hiring process includes six steps: a computer-based exam, a color vision exam, an interview, a drug screen, a medical evaluation, and an extensive background investigation.

Candidates who pass all the tests and evaluations are placed into one of three groups: A) Best Qualified, which requires the achievement of a superior level on all six steps in the hiring process; B) Highly Qualified, comprised of applicants who attain at least a satisfactory level on each of the assessments; and C) Qualified, for those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for each of the six steps. It is the “Best Qualified” applicants who gain employment in the position they want.


The Benefits of Being Ready

Practicing for the exam is the best way to ensure you are in the “Best Qualified” group. Our PrepPack™ can help make it happen. By preparing for the exam with our practice tests, you will become comfortable with the style of the questions and the format of the test. Moreover, you will improve your skills at quickly identifying objects in x-ray images.


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What's Included

  • 18 Writing Skill Tests: vocabulary, writing, and grammar
  • 13 X-Ray Tests: identifying items in an x-ray image
  • A study guide on the methods of analyzing x-ray images 
  • 24/7 online access to all materials
  • Quick and easy customer support

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