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Police Initial Recruitment Test Please be aware that the Nottinghamshire Police test is altered slightly from the information given in the PIRT booklet. Candidates DO NOT have to undertake 5 sub tests, they are required to take only 2, these being: · Working with Numbers ­ the ability to solve numerical problems accurately. · Verbal Reasoning ­ the ability to reason logically when given facts about events. This means that the following 3 tests are no longer used: · Verbal Usage Test ­ the ability to spell words and construct sentences accurately. · Checking Information ­ the ability to check information quickly and correctly. · Observation Test ­ the ability to observe scenes carefully and recall details accurately. This means that you are only required to undertake Tests 3 and 4 as listed in the PIRT booklet. All others details in the booklet are correct and will aid you in your preparation for the Police Initial Recruitment Test.

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE POLICE

POLICE INITIAL RECRUITMENT TEST SAMPLE QUESTIONS

Instructions You should mark your answers on the answer sheet below by completely filling in the circles that go with your answers. In the following tests you are asked a question and then given a number of answers to choose from.

TEST 3 ­ Working with Numbers

TEST 3 Working with numbers (to be done without using a calculator) 1. How much will five tins of soup cost at 55p a tin? A B C D E £2.25 £2.55 £2.60 £2.75 £2.95 2. A person saves £35 in four weeks. At this rate how much will have been saved in one year? A B C D E £200 £250 £355 £420 £455 3. What is the total cost of a journey when £1.65 is spent on bus-fares and an Underground ticket costs £2.50? A B C D E £3.15 £3.60 £3.95 £4.05 £4.15 4. What is the average number of people per car, when six cars carry thirty people? A B C D E 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 5. If shopping items cost £12.64, how much money remains out of £20? A B C D E £6.36 £6.63 £7.36 £7.46 £7.63

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TEST 4 Verbal Reasoning Some time on the night of 1st October, the Copacabana Club was burnt to the ground. The police are treating the fire as suspicious.

TEST 4 ­ Verbal Reasoning

The only facts known at this stage are: · The club was insured for more than its real value. · The club belonged to John Hodges. · Les Braithwaite was known to dislike John Hodges. · Between 1st October and 2nd October, Les Braithwaite was away from home on a business trip. · There were no fatalities. · A plan of the club was found in Les Braithwaite's flat.

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A = TRUE B = FALSE C = IMPOSSIBLE TO SAY 1. A member of John Hodge's family died in the blaze. 2. If the insurance company pays out in full, John Hodges stands to profit from the fire. 3. The flat where the plan was found is close to the club. 4. John Hodges could have been at the club when the fire took place. 5. There are definite grounds to arrest John Hodges for arson.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO GIVE YOUR BEST PERFORMANCE? The answers to the practice questions are:

TEST 3 ­ Working with Numbers

Don't be down-hearted if you found the questions difficult or got a lot of them wrong. There are many things you can do to improve your performance. On numerical tests Practice doing simple arithmetic without using a calculator. Do number puzzles. Do the scoring when playing games such as darts, card games etc. A word of advice: 1. Make sure that you know what you have to do before you start putting pencil to paper ­ if you do not understand, ask the person who is administering the test. 2. Read the instructions carefully before each test starts in order to make sure that you understand. Don't skim through them ­ you may overlook important details and in consequence make mistakes you could have avoided. 3. Even if you have taken the test before, don't assume that the instructions (and the worked examples) are the same as the last time ­ they may have changed. 4. Once the test begins work as quickly and as accurately as you can. Remember that every unanswered item is a scoring chance you have missed. 5. Avoid spending too much time on questions you find difficult ­ leave them and go back to them later if you have time. 6. If you are uncertain about an answer enter you best reasoned choice (but avoid simply guessing). 7. If you have some spare time after you have answered all questions, go back and check through your answers. 8. Keep working as hard as you can throughout the test ­ the more correct answers you get the higher your score will be. 9. Be positive in your attitude. Previous failures in tests or examinations are in the past and should not be allowed to have a detrimental effect on your performance on this occasion.

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TEST 4 ­ Verbal Reasoning

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INTERVIEW PREPARATION

In the interview you will be asked 6 competency based questions and will be assessed on the answers you give. Types of questions to expect ­ · Give an example where you have stuck by a decision, despite everyone else disagreeing with you. · Give an example of when you have been presented with a problem that required you to make a sound decision? Core Competencies: ­ · Respect for Diversity Understands other people's views and takes them into account. Is tactful and diplomatic when dealing with people. Treats people with dignity and respect at all times, no matter what their background, status, circumstances or appearance. · Team working Develops strong working relationships within and outside own team to achieve common goals. Contributes to team objectives. · Personal Responsibility/Prioritising Takes personal responsibility for making things happen and achieving required results. Uses initiative Management of workload · Resilience Responds to challenges rationally, avoiding inappropriate emotion. Prepared to make difficult decisions and has the confidence to see them through. · Conflict Resolution Tries to sort out problems as quickly as possible. Focuses on the individual(s) · Problem Solving Gathers information from a range of sources. Identifies relevant and important data from information given and makes effective decisions. Communication will be assessed throughout the interview.

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