Preparation Strategy

To achieve the best possible results, a number of strategies can be used to prepare for the NSW Police Entrance Examination.

Literacy Skills

Literacy skills are improved through practising a combination of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  To improve these literacy skills, it is suggested you read and write daily, and practise listening and speaking with others.


  • Read something different than what you normally would, and read more!
  • Read the newspaper from front to back each day. Read each article all the way through, then re-read them and identify the main points.
  • Practise scanning an article before you read it in full, as this will give you an understanding of what it’s about before you read the details.


  • After reading a newspaper article, write a summary of the main points and key supporting evidence.
  • Watch something on television or YouTube and then write a description of what you saw, and a summary of the footage.
  • Re-read your pieces of writing the next day – be critical about your work and challenge yourself to find areas you can improve.
  • Ask another person to review your writing and provide feedback.

Reasoning Tests

The level of knowledge required is within that of most people who have completed Year 10. The Abstract Reasoning test is included in order to give a balanced measure of general cognitive ability.

  • Verbal Reasoning is the ability to understand and reason using concepts framed in words. It aims at testing your ability to think logically, understand relationships, solve problems and think critically, rather than simply understanding vocabulary.
  • Abstract Reasoning is used to measure the ability to think clearly, solve problems and quickly identify patterns and logical rules based on abstract visual cues rather than numbers and words. It involves recognising the rule or rules that govern the progression of a pattern from one diagram to another in a series, or to identify the part which is missing from a diagram.