Structure and Content
Candidates need to allow approximately two and a half (2 and 1/2) hours for the entire testing session. There will be no breaks during the exam administration.
The NSW Police Entrance Examination is made up of five (5) sections. Apart from the written components, all sections of the exam will be conducted online, using a computer. All candidates planning to sit the NSW Police Entrance Examination will be required to register and attend an Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) exam centre.
To be selected for progression to the next stage of the NSW Police recruitment process, candidates must obtain a score at or above the pass marks listed in the table below.
|Test Section||Type of Assessment||Number of Questions||Time Allowed||Pass Mark|
|Literacy Assessment||Online Multiple Choice||30 questions||45 min||Score of 111 or greater = Exit level 3 of the ACSF or higher*|
|Summary Writing||Written Notes||1 task||20 min||14/20|
|Extended Writing||Written Essay||1 task||45 min||14/20|
|Verbal Reasoning||Online Multiple Choice||34 questions||15 min||15/34|
|Abstract Reasoning||Online Multiple Choice||45 questions||20 min||32/45|
* Note: The questions in the Literacy (Reading) assessment are mapped against the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) – the Australian standards for adult literacy and numeracy. The results of the assessment are reported on a scale that goes from approximately 40 up to a maximum of about 170. A score of 111 or greater is considered a performance at Exit level 3 of the ACSF or higher and this is the required pass mark.