Police Constable - Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does Testing Cost?
How Much Does It Cost To Re-Test?
How Do I Know If A Particular Test Date Is Still Available?
Can I Reschedule My Test Date?
Can I Register Past The Registration Deadline?
What Payment Methods Are Accepted?
How Long Does The Testing Take?
How Long Are The Results Valid For?
Can I Write The Tests Outside Of My Area?
I Am Traveling Quite A Distance To Test, Therefore Can I Complete Both Stages Of Testing On The Same Day?
Will I Receive More Information On The Tests And Process?
How Do I Know That I’m Registered?
Do I Have To Complete The Documents In The Confirmation Package Each Time I Test?
Where Can I Use The Results (O.A.C.P. Certificate)?
Does ATS Offer Feedback On Unsuccessful Tests?
How Long Do I Have To Wait If Unsuccessful On The Tests?
How Do I Register For A Test Date?
How Do I Reschedule My Test Date?
How Long Until I Receive My Results (Certificate)?
If I’ve Written Tests Elsewhere, Can I Use These Results?
How Do I Know Who’s Hiring At Any Given Time?
When Do I Go To The Ontario Police College In Aylmer?
How Long Is The Training At The Police College?
How Much Does Ontario Police College Cost?
Do You Offer Practice Sessions For The Prep?
If I Am Unsuccessful In One Portion Of The Prep Test, Do I Have To Retest Both Components?
Regarding The Shuttle Run, What Is Stage 6.5?
Do You Offer Any Practice Written Exams?
Can results be faxed to Police services?
When do I have to submit my forms?
How do I register for Stage II testing?
How do I know the location and time of my testing?
Who accepts the C.O.R?

If my successful results are going to expire, when can I retest?
What is the Express PREP?

  1. Q: HOW MUCH DOES TESTING COST?
    The total cost of the pre-interview testing for a first time tester is $330.53 (tax included). Please be aware if it is your first time testing you are required to complete all components of stage 1 testing on the same day, which consists of the PATI, WCT and PREP test.
  2. Q: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RE-TEST?
    The initial fee of $330.53 includes all tests in Stage I (PATI, WCT and PREP). Stage II (BPAD, Vision and Hearing) testing is paid for by ATS for those applicants who are successful on their first attempt on Stage I testing and complete Stage II within 6 months of their Stage I test date.
    Applicants will be required to pay a component fee of $79.42 (tax included) when retesting any component of Stage I. Applicants who have successfully retested any component of Stage I and are eligible to proceed to Stage II will be required to pay a component fee of $79.42 for the Stage II testing.
    The fee to retest any component of Stage I or II is $79.42.
  3. Q: HOW DO I KNOW IF A PARTICULAR TEST DATE IS STILL AVAILABLE?
    If you register on or before our stated deadline for that particular date, you will be guaranteed a seat for that test date.
  4. Q: CAN I RESCHEDULE MY TEST DATE?
    Yes, to reschedule your test date, use the on-line rescheduling options or contact the ATS office during business hours. Please refer to the test dates available on the website for alternate dates. A $50.00 fee is payable at the time of rescheduling by Interac online, Visa or Master Card is required.
    Please view our Cancellation policy here.
  5. Q: CAN I REGISTER PAST THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE?
    Yes, however subject to availability. If we are able to accommodate your late registration you will be charged a $50.00 late registration fee payable upon registration with Interac online, Visa or Master Card.
  6. Q: WHAT PAYMENT METHODS ARE ACCEPTED?
    ATS accepts certified cheques, money orders, Interac online, VISA and MasterCard payments.
    ATS does not accept personal cheques or cash as forms of payment.
  7. Q: HOW LONG DOES THE TESTING TAKE?
    The entire testing process takes anywhere from 4-6 weeks to complete. If successful in Stage I, your Stage II test date will be scheduled approximately 3 weeks later.
    For Stage I testing, all components will be completed in one day and the process takes approximately 7 hours.  For Stage II testing, all components will be completed in one day and the process takes approximately one (1) hour.
  8. Q: HOW LONG ARE THE RESULTS VALID FOR?
    The PATI and WCT results are valid for a period of 3 years, and the PREP is valid for 6 months. The B-PAD, Vision and Hearing tests (Stage II) are valid for a period of 3 years.
  9. Q: CAN I WRITE THE TESTS OUTSIDE OF MY AREA?
    Yes, you are free to travel to any of our test centre locations regardless of where you reside or plan to apply.
  10. Q: I AM TRAVELING QUITE A DISTANCE TO TEST, THEREFORE CAN I COMPLETE BOTH STAGES OF TESTING ON THE SAME DAY?
    Yes, if you will be traveling more than 3 hours (without traffic) to the test centre location, ATS will offer you Stage II, providing you meet standard in Stage I.
  11. Q: WILL I RECEIVE MORE INFORMATION ON THE TESTS AND PROCESS?
    Yes, when you register for a test date, and payment is received in full, we will forward you a confirmation package with more information about the tests, as well as the location, time, and test-day instructions.
  12. Q: HOW DO I KNOW THAT I’M REGISTERED?
    ATS will mail/email you a confirmation package that includes your test date, registration time, a map, test day instructions and several documents to be completed. If you have not received the confirmation package one week prior to your test date, or unsure if your registration was received, please contact the ATS office.
  13. Q: DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE THE DOCUMENTS IN THE CONFIRMATION PACKAGE EACH TIME I TEST?
    YES.  It is a requirement of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police - Constable Selection System that all applicants testing or retesting, complete these documents each time you test. Failure to complete and submit will result in a delay in the processing of your results.
  14. Q: WHERE CAN I USE THE RESULTS (O.A.C.P. Certificate)?
    You can use the results (Certificate) with any Ontario Police Service using the Constable Selection System. The majority of the services in Ontario currently use this system (including Toronto Police and the OPP); however, if there is a specific service you’re interested in, you should contact them to inquire whether they require the O.A.C.P. Certificate.
  15. Q: DOES ATS OFFER FEEDBACK ON UNSUCCESSFUL TESTS?
    Yes, included in your test results package, is general feedback information and improvement strategies.  However, due to the established policies of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and the Constable Selection System, we are unable to provide specific information about the tests or your results, including the actual score received.
  16. Q: HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT IF UNSUCCESSFUL ON THE TESTS?
    The first time you are unsuccessful with the PATI, WCT and/or BPAD, the waiting period to retest is 3 months from your test date. For each subsequent attempt, the waiting period to retest is 6 months from your test date.
    The first time you are unsuccessful with the PREP, there is no wait period (you are eligible to register for the next available test date).  The wait period of 2 months only applies for 2 consecutive unsuccessful attempts.
    Please note: To be eligible to retest the BPAD, all tests of the CSS Pre-Interview Stage I - PATI, WCT and PREP must be valid.
  17. Q: HOW DO I REGISTER FOR A TEST DATE?
    Registration is available online (through the Registration link) or by calling the ATS office during business hours.
  18. Q: HOW DO I RESCHEDULE MY TEST DATE?
    Rescheduling is available online (through the Reschedule link) or by calling the ATS office during business hours.
  19. Q: HOW LONG UNTIL I RECEIVE MY RESULTS (CERTIFICATE)?
    The results of Stage I (PATI, WCT, PREP) will be e-mailed to you within 7-10 business days of testing. If successful in all three tests, you will be invited back for Stage II (B-PAD, vision & hearing assessment) approximately three weeks later. After successfully completing Stage II, you will be mailed an O.A.C.P. Certificate of Results within 10-14 business days of your Stage II date.
    Please Note: We cannot fax your results or confirm results by phone.
  20. Q: IF I’VE WRITTEN TESTS ELSEWHERE, CAN I USE THESE RESULTS?
    If you’ve previously written with the Ontario Provincial Police, please forward a copy of your results with your registration. It is important to keep your file accurate and current.
  21. Q: HOW DO I KNOW WHO’S HIRING AT ANY GIVEN TIME?
    ATS provides a Recruiting Page on our web site that has postings for positions currently available in Ontario. If there is a specific service you’re interested in that is not listed, you may want to contact them directly to inquire whether they’re hiring, as not all services advertise on the Internet or advise ATS of every recruiting initiative.
  22. Q: WHEN DO I GO TO THE ONTARIO POLICE COLLEGE IN AYLMER?
    You will be required to go to the Ontario Police College only AFTER you’ve been hired as a Constable with an Ontario Police Service.
  23. Q: HOW LONG IS THE TRAINING AT THE POLICE COLLEGE?
    The training at the Ontario Police College lasts for 13 weeks.
  24. Q: HOW MUCH DOES ONTARIO POLICE COLLEGE COST?
    The Provincial government is charging new recruits at the Ontario Police College $11,065.00 (as of January 2015) for recruit training. Collection mechanisms may vary from police service to police service.
  25. Q: DO YOU OFFER PRACTICE SESSIONS FOR THE PREP?
    ATS does offer PREP practice sessions in the Greater Toronto Region (GTA). If you are interested in a practice session with ATS you must call the office to schedule a PREP practice, as there are limited spots. There is a non-refundable $25 to register.  You can also contact your local community college and inquire whether they offer this service as many colleges now have the PREP equipment.
  26. Q: IF I AM UNSUCCESSFUL IN ONE PORTION OF THE PREP TEST, DO I HAVE TO RETEST BOTH COMPONENTS?
    Yes, you must complete the entire PREP test (Pursuit and Shuttle Run). 
    For more info on the PREP Test, see the FIT TO SERVE BOOKLET.
  27. Q: REGARDING THE SHUTTLE RUN, WHAT IS STAGE 7.0?
    The way in which the shuttle run test is administered is that the applicants run 4.5 laps of the 20 meters per 1/2 stage. This means that over the course of the total test, you would be running over the 20 meter course approximately 63 times. The pace of the test starts out quite slow and then picks up significantly around stage 4. By stage 5.5, you will be running. If you wish to train for this test, it's best to jog/run 4 to 5 times a week for at least 25 - 35 minutes. One other way of determining if you are physically capable of reaching stage 7.0 on the test, you may try to run 1.5 miles (2.4 km) in 11 minutes or less. If you are able to do this, then you should be physically fit enough to successfully pass the shuttle run test.
    For more info on the PREP Test, see the FIT TO SERVE BOOKLET.
  28. Q: DO YOU OFFER ANY PRACTICE WRITTEN EXAMS?
    No, ATS does not offer practice written exams, however you can review the Orientation and Pre-Test Guide for sample questions.
  29. Q: CAN RESULTS BE FAXED TO POLICE SERVICES?
    Yes, if you have an interview the week following your test date.  We must have the service name, a contact name and a fax number. 
    If not, you must wait to receive your results by e-mail and then submit them to the police service yourself.
  30. Q: WHEN DO I HAVE TO SUBMIT MY FORMS?
    Your forms must be received in the ATS office no later than 48 hours before your test date.
  31. Q: HOW DO I REGISTER FOR STAGE II TESTING?
    Once you are successful with stage I, our system will automatically register you for your Stage II testing and you will be notified of your test date.  You may also contact the ATS office during business hours and register over the phone.
    **Online registration is not available for Stage II testing.**
  32. Q: HOW DO I KNOW THE LOCATION AND TIME OF MY TESTING?
    Once your registration has been approved by ATS, you will receive a confirmation package within 48 business hours, by e-mail or mail, containing a confirmation letter which tells you the location of your test as well as your registration time.  The Confirmation package also contains directions to your test site as well as forms that need to be completed and returned prior to your test day.
    If you have registered, but have not received your confirmation package (please wait 48 business hours) please contact the ATS office.
  33. Q: WHO ACCEPTS THE C.O.R?
    Currently every police service in Ontario accepts the C.O.R. For a list of Police Services in Ontario please visit the following webpage: http://www.applicanttesting.com/career-paths/police-constable/recruiting/links-to-police-services.html
  34. Q: IF MY SUCCESSFUL RESULTS ARE GOING TO EXPIRE, WHEN CAN I RETEST?
    When your successful results are going to expire, you are eligible to re-test within 2 months prior to the expiry date, or anytime afterwards.  Please Note, that if you are re-testing prior to your results expiring, your most current results will override any previous results.
  35. Q: WHAT IS THE EXPRESS PREP? 
    The Express PREP is a testing option designed for Applicants who have prior experience completing the PREP test and Shuttle Run.  Applicants must have successfully completed their most recent PREP test to be eligible for the Express PREP.
    Upon registration, Applicants will proceed to the gym to view a demonstration of the PREP test and Shuttle Run.  The Express PREP format does not include a detailed introduction and does not include a formal warm up.  The pursuit restraint circuit will be available for use for approximately 15 minutes following the demonstration and ATS staff will be available to answer any questions and clarify any concerns during this time.  ATS Appraisers will proceed directly into testing after the allotted 15 minute warm up period has elapsed.
    NOTE:  This option will be available starting June 24, 2017.