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Online Testing


Online Testing

When you reach this stage in the process, you'll be asked to complete your psychometric testing online.

You'll receive an email from the recruitment team to let you know when we plan to send you your testing link, and the seven day period in which to complete your testing. Make sure you carefully read through all instructions provided, before you start your testing. 

We ask that you complete the testing alone, in a quiet place where you won't be interrupted, and without any aids (eg. calculator, mobile device, dictionary). We'll let you know your results within a week of the test expiry date. 

NZ Police reserves the right to re-test you under supervised conditions at a later stage, at our discretion.

All applicants complete the following two assessments:

Ability Assessment

This assessment is an indicator of your ability to cope with the intellectual demands of police training and police work.

  • Timed assessment for 30 minutes
  • A 60 question, multiple choice questionnaire. There is one correct answer for each question. 
  • This assessment measures verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning, with questions mixed throughout the test (i.e. not in specific sections)

Personality Profile

This assessment helps us build a picture of your likely strengths and weaknesses in specific personality areas relevant to police work.

  • This assessment does not have a time limit, but should only take you 15 minutes to complete.
  • A 100 question, multiple choice questionnaire. Questions are short and there are no right or wrong answers.
  • You should try to answer as quickly, honestly and truthfully as you can - answering how you are now, rather than how you think you'll be as a Police Officer.
  • This isn’t something you need to prepare for, it just gives us a guide to what motivates you, your attitudes and how you work with others.

For both these assessments you can get an idea of the type of questions you'll be asked and try out some practice questions here: https://www.podium365.com/candidate-practice.
Please note that these questions are for practice only and no results will be provided from their completion. 

Technical requirements for online testing:

  • Computers, laptops and standard sized iPads/tablets (9-inch or larger) can be used.
  • You shouldn't use any device smaller than a 9-inch tablet screen. These are too small for the test display and will mean you have a less than ideal testing experience.
  • We recommend using a modern browser (i.e., Chrome, Firefox, IE11, Edge, or Safari). Older versions of browsers may not be supported or may present an exercise in a sub-optimal way.
  • Make sure you have access to a reliable and stable internet connection.
  • If you're unable to complete the testing due to these requirements, or if you run into any technical issues during your testing, you should contact your Recruitment Hub to discuss. 

Some applicants will also need to complete an additional assessment.

We'll ask you to send us through evidence of your education level when you're sent the invitation for your online testing. If you don’t have a minimum education level of NCEA Level 2 or 3 literacy (or equivalent), University Entrance literacy (or equivalent) or a University Degree, you'll need to complete an additional Literacy Assessment (POST) after you’ve passed your online testing.  This assesses language literacy, and the content is specifically relevant to Police Officers.

If you need to complete the Literacy Assessment, this will occur in person at a later date, as we can't offer this assessment online.

For more information about NZ UE English Literacy standards, please visit the NZQA website.