The maths test consists of 59 questions and its time limit is 40 minutes. Because you have less than a minute per question, you have to work quickly through the questions in order to complete the test within the time limit. Whilst this may seem intimidating, with practice your speed will increase and hopefully you will get to a point where you will have plenty of time at the end to go over your answers. The prison officer selection tests are taken online.
As well as this, once you have got through the original POST maths test you have to retake a shorter version of this test in the assessment centre or RAD.
The Prison Officer numeracy test allows you to use your calculator, so make sure you know how you can use it for the best results. There are up to 11 different answer options for each question. You select the correct option by clicking on it.
There are a number of different question styles in the POST test, all of which can be mastered with practice. The different numerical skills needed to perform well in the prison officer test questions include:
As with any psychometric test, your performance can definitely be improved through practice. Exposure to the type of questions used in the real tests as well as understanding the underlying principles of each topic are the keys to success. Ongoing 'hands on' practice is guaranteed to increase your confidence and improve your response times which will in turn improve your scores.
The best way to prepare for this test is to practice prison officer test questions. These give you the feel for the POST test you will take as well as the skills needed to pass them with your highest possible score. It is also important to practice numerical drills to ensure that you can make calculations quickly and confidently. We look forward to having you on board.