Police Constable - Testing Information - Stage I

POLICE CONSTABLE - STAGE I - PATI, WCT and PREP

1.    POLICE ANALYTICAL THINKING INVENTORY (PATI)

Description: The PATI assesses the essential competency analytical thinking, which tests three key areas required of police constables when performing their jobs.  These areas are:

  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to draw appropriate conclusions from information provided.  Police officers are often required to make sense of evidence by drawing conclusions about its relevance and meaning.  This is tested through the Syllogism and Travel Time tasks.

    Improvement Strategy - Search for information on basic logic or syllogism in your library (college, university or community) or on the Internet.

  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to identify trends or common characteristics in a series of objects or information presented.  Police officers often need to sift through seemingly disconnected facts and make judgements about how they fit together.  This is tested through the Classifications and Series Completion tasks.

    Improvement Strategy
    - Search for information in your library (college, university or community) on inductive reasoning.  An explanation and examples can be found on the Internet using the key words "Inductive Reasoning".

  • Quantitative Reasoning - The ability to apply basic arithmetic operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions to solve problems.  Police officers are required to apply arithmetic processes to determine rates of speed, stopping distances, etc.  This ability is tested on the Word Problems and Arithmetic tasks.

    Improvement Strategy
    - To practice the arithmetic tasks, the most common strategy is to complete computations longhand and double check with a calculator.  Search the bookstore for math books specializing in computations and word problems.  An Adult Learning Center may be able to provide resources to assist you with arithmetic improvement strategies.

Test Administration: The PATI is a paper-and-pencil test (English language).  The test takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes - 15 minutes for administration and 1.5 hours for the test itself.  A French language alternate is also available.

Validity Period: A successful result on the PATI remains valid for a period of three (3) years.

Re-Test Waiting Period: The first time a candidate does not meet standard with the PATI, they must wait a period of three (3) months from their test date before they can make another attempt.  Candidates who have not met standard on subsequent attempts must wait a period of 6 months before they can test again.

Where a successful PATI result is due to expire, a candidate may rewrite within 2 months prior to the expiry date, or anytime afterwards.  Please note, that if a candidate chooses to rewrite before their expiry date, the most current results will override any previous results.

**A French version of the PATI is available for those applicants wishing to write the PATI in French. Please indicate this when registering for testing.**

French PATI Testing Tips and Practice Exercises

(More Practice exercises can be found in English above)

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2. WRITTEN COMMUNICATION TEST (WCT)

Description: This test evaluates the candidate's ability to organize information in a clear, coherent and comprehensive manner, and to make conclusions from given facts.  The candidate is presented with a scenario in which factual details are jumbled or represented in a non-chronological manner.

Since the WCT is an analytical thinking exercise, it is a little harder to prepare for this test, however, any activites that will get you thinking analytically will help.  One suggestion is to read the "5-Minute Mysteries" (author Ken Weber), which are availalbe at local libraries.  These short mysteries will help to get you thinking analytically because all the information is given to you to solve the mystery, and you have to come to a conclusion about what happened, or solve the mystery (answers appear in the back of the book to check your work).  It also helps if you time yourself and write the case down, including relevant facts (or clues) and why you reached the conclusion you did.  Always back up your answer with facts.  Doing these activities will help to get you thinking analytically, which is what you will need to employ during the WCT exercise.

WCT Testing Tips and Practice Exercises

Test Administration: The WCT is a timed paper-and-pencil test (English language).  The test takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete - 15 minutes for administration and 1 hour for the test itself.

Validity Period: A successful result on the WCT remains valid for a period of three (3) years.

Re-Test Waiting Period: The first time a candidate does not meet standard with the WCT, they must wait a period of three (3) months from their test date before they can make another attempt.  Candidates who have not met standard on subsequent attempts must wait a period of 6 months before they can test again.

Where a successful WCT result is due to expire, a candidate may rewrite within 2 months prior to the expiry date, or anytime thereafter.  Please note, that if a candidate chooses to rewrite before their expiry date, the most current results will override any previous results.

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3. PHYSICAL READINESS EVALUATION FOR POLICE (PREP)

Description: To be successful you must pass all components of the Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP) test, which includes:

  • Pursuit/Restraint Circuit, is made up of four 25 meter rotations. In the pursuit phase of the test, you will run four laps around a 25 metre (82 ft) circuit as quickly as possible for a total distance of 100 metres (328 ft), while wearing a 4kg (9 lb) soft weight belt around your waist and a 4kg (9 lb) vest to simulate the weight of standard police equipment. During the first and third rotations you will pull yourself up to look over a 1.9 metre (6.5 ft) fence with a toe hold, climb up and down a set of stairs, drop to the floor and crawl under a barrier of 61 cm (24 in). During the second and fourth rotations of the circuit; you will scale a 1.2 metre (4 ft) fence (with no toe-holds), climb up and down a set of stairs and then drop to the floor and crawl under a barrier of 61 cm (24 in), then go first to the Body Control Simulator and then to the Arm Restraint Simulator.  Lastly, you will grasp a 77 kg (170 lb) mannequin by the handle behind the neck, and drag the mannequin a distance of 15 metres (50 ft) over a resistive mat and around pylons.  The Pursuit/Restraint Circuit is scored as the total time from the start of the 100 metre (328 ft) circuit to the completion of the victim drag. For successful completion of the Pursuit/Restraint Circuit the time taken must be 157 seconds or less.

 

        Fence                          StairClimb

           6.5' Fence                                                                   Stair climb  

       Barrier                        ScalingtheFence

          Barrier                                                            Scaling the fence

                             BodyControlSimulator_Pull                

                                Body Control Simulator (Pull)                     

                             BodyControlSimulator_Push

                                 Body Control Simulator (Push)

  ArmRestraintSimulator VictimDrag

     Arm Restraint Simulator                                                      Victim Drag

          To view a VIDEO of the PREP Test, please click here.

  • Aerobic Shuttle Run, evaluated by running back and forth over a 20-metre course in time with tape recorded signals.  The time to cover the 20-metre course is shortened progressively until the participant is unable to maintain the pace or the standard is met.  To successfully complete the minimum requirement of the aerobic fitness test you must achieve Stage 7.0 in the 20 metre Shuttle Run.

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Practice the Shuttle Run (MP3)


For more detailed information on the PREP test, see the Fit To Serve Booklet.                   
Please click here for the Fit to Serve Booklet (French).


Validity Period
: A successful result on the PREP remains valid for a period of six (6) months.

Re-Test Waiting Period: The first time a candidate does not meet standard with the PREP, they are eligible to register for the next available test date and retest within 2 months of their test date.  For each attempt after that, the waiting period to retest is 2 months from your test date.

Where a successful PREP result is due to expire, a candidate may re-test within 2 months prior to the expiry date, or anytime thereafter.  Please note, that if a candidate chooses to re-test before their expiry date, the most current results will override any previous results.

Test Administration: This assessment procedure takes about 20 minutes of activity to complete.

ATS uses the evidence-based PAR-Q+ and if required the E-PARmed-X to assess physical readiness for the PREP. You will be advised whether or not you require a "Medical Referral Form" based on your responses to the PAR-Q+ and the E-PARmed-X.

It is recommended that Applicants who are over the age of 45 and not accustom to regular (minimum 4 days per week for 6 weeks) vigorous to maximal effort (intensity) exercise have the “Medical Referral Form” completed by a Physician. This is a recommendation only and not required. If you have concerns regarding your Blood Pressure, please be aware of the following: If your blood pressure is greater than 159/89 on test day and you do not have a “Medical Referral Form” completed, specifically for blood pressure, you will not be allowed to test.The "Medical Referral Form" can be found under the Forms section on the ATS website or through the link below.

If you have White Coat Syndrome or are concerned that your blood pressure may exceed 159/89mmHg on test day, please have the “Medical Referral Form” completed, specifically for blood pressure. You will only be allowed to test with a blood pressure reading greater than 159/89mmHg with a valid “Medical Referral Form”. Please note that on test day, even with clearance from a physican, individuals will not be allowed to test if their blood pressure is equal to or greater than 200/110mmHg.

Online Par-Q+ Instructions

ATS Medical Referral Form

Please note:

Stage I (PATI, WCT, PREP) is administered consecutively on your selected test date, and will take approximately 6 to 7 hours to complete, so you are urged to prepare accordingly.  You will have time to take breaks, but will not have enough time to leave the testing facility.

**Please note that it is a requirement of the Constable Selection System - All first time testers must complete all their Stage I testing in one day.**

Upon completion of the PATI, WCT & PREP, a Test Results Profile (TRP) will be emailed to you within 7-10 business days.  If successful in Stage I , you will also receive confirmation for Stage II testing which will take place approximately 3 weeks following your Stage I test date. 

For more information on Stage II , please click here.