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What Are Irish Prison Service Tests?

During the Irish Prison Service recruitment process, you will be asked to partake in several entrance exams which allow you to move onto the next assessment stage. Depending on the role you are applying for, you may be asked to take several different tests.

Assessments you may need to perform to pass on to the next stage include cut-e exams, such as verbal, numerical and inductive-deductive logical ability tests (Scales sx and lst). Additionally, you may be asked to take SHL tests, such as the verbal, numerical, inductive and deductive exams.

Specifically, when applying for the Irish Prison Officer role, you may be required to take three aptitude tests as part of the selection process. These tests are verbal reasoning and numerical reasoning exams, as well as the assessment questionnaire.


The Irish Prison Officer Selection Process

Prison officers working in Irish Prison Service institutions perform a variety of security, safety and rehabilitation duties. This role requires that officers act as a positive role model when interacting closely with prisoners, to help reduce the risk of prisoners re-offending within their community.

The Irish Prison Officer recruitment stages are described below:

Online application: You are able to apply on Ireland's premier public sector website.

Online assessments: Once you apply, you are required to take one or more online aptitude tests.

Assessment Centre: If you pass the first assessment stage, you will be invited to partake in a supervised assessment centre day, which may consist of group tasks, in-tray exercises and presentations.

Interview and other assessments: This stage consists of one or more face-to-face interviews, conducted in order to assess your personality and suitability for the position. You may also be required to perform supervised re-tests of the verbal and numerical reasoning tests.

Vetting, medical exams, physical competence test: This final stage is to ensure that you are healthy and possess the required physical capabilities required for an officer role.

Which Abilities Are Measured on the Irish Prison Officer Assessments?

Verbal Reasoning: This exam measures one’s ability to understand, analyse, and summarise written data. This test includes a total of 30 questions to be answered within 17 minutes.

Numerical Reasoning: This test assesses candidates on their numerical knowledge, such as their ability to interpret financial data, convert currencies, percentages, number sequences and more. This assessment includes 18 questions, to be answered within 17 minutes.

Assessment Questionnaire: This assessment evaluates one’s skills, interests, behavioural responses to various scenarios and overall competency for the Recruit Prison Officer role. This questionnaire includes 76 questions needing to be answered within 35 minutes.


The Irish Prison Service Scoring Method

The Irish Prison Service tests you will be expected to perform can differ depending on the role you are applying for. Your scores for each assessment are often compared to other candidates’ scores as a means to find the most qualified candidate. Keep in mind that even if you have passed the initial assessment round, you may be invited to take supervised re-tests. Passing the re-test round is an important step in order to be invited to participate in other stages of the recruitment process.

 

5 Tips to Improve Your Irish Prison Officer Test Scores

  1. Read the instructions carefully – Since instructions may differ between the different tests, don’t assume you know what to do! Make sure to pay close attention to what you are being asked to perform to avoid making mistakes.
  2. Identify areas for improvement - By researching which assessments your potential employer uses, you can learn more about which areas to focus on when practising.
  3. Work in a logical manner - Learn to approach each question logically and effectively. Stay focused and clear your mind from other distracting thoughts.
  4. Prepare yourself properly – Make sure you get a good night’s rest and eat a proper breakfast before coming in to take the Irish Prison Service tests.
  5. Practise with cut-e and SHL-style tests - Take advantage of the time you have before the actual tests begin to prepare with our customised PrepPack™, which helps familiarise with the format and style of the tests.

 

How to Prepare for the Irish Prison Service Tests

Preparing for the Irish Prison Service online aptitude tests takes time, dedication and practise. With JobTestPrep’s all-inclusive preparation materials, we can help you get ahead with our in-depth study guides, video tutorials and tailored practice tests aimed at familirising you with your upcoming Prison Service assessments. This PrepPack™ includes cut-e and SHL exam practice tests, which are proven to help applicants achieve the best results during their recruitment process.

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