This is an info page for applicants to be “peace officers” in Ontario, Canada. I admit that I’m shocked at the difference between the Canadian test, and the “minimalist” test here in Wyoming!
Your Comprehensive Guide to the Canadian Police Assessment Test: Police Analytical Thinking Inventory
One of the very first stages of the Constable Selection System to become an Ontario Police Officer is the Police Analytical Thinking Inventory or PATI assessment. This is a multiple choice test that is taken with a pencil and paper. This is the only assessment test that is available in English and French. At registration, you should note if you prefer the French version of the test. This test has the purpose of determining if you have the right critical thought aptitudes necessary to function as a peace officer. There are three portions in this test: deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, and quantitative reasoning. Some might assume that since these questions deal with math, logic, and reasoning, it isn’t something that needs to be studied to get a passing grade, but that is far from the truth. This test is timed, and can be difficult. As with any test, preparation is the key to conquering it the first time around and knowing what you will be facing is a good step to take for your preparation.
Deductive Reasoning Section Deductive reasoning is having the ability to draw conclusions based on the information that is provided to you. This portion uses syllogism and travel time tasks to see how well you can absorb the given scenario and extrapolate the correct answer. An example of a syllogism is the statements: All women are human; Jane is a woman; Jane is a human. They provide two general facts, and you will be required to determine which answer is the best conclusion from those two facts. Preparation for this task can be improved by learning more about basic logic and syllogism online. Travel time tasks will give you an example map noted with driving, bike riding, and walking travel times for the sections of the map, and map orientation. You will then be given questions to answer based on that map.
Inductive Reasoning Section Inductive Reasoning is having the ability to look at a series of data points or objects and find common characteristics or trends among them. As an officer, you will be required to make determinations on how facts that can seem unconnected may actually go together. This portion of the test will use classification and series completion questions. Classification questions may show you a series of pictures where you have to identify which picture does not belong, such as one frowning face among three smiling faces. Series completion questions are typically a short series of pictures or information, and you will have to identify from the multiple choice answers which one will go next in the series. Learning more about inductive reasoning through online examples and explanations can be a good prep tool for this portion of the test.
Quantitative Reasoning Section Quantitative reasoning is having the ability to use basic math skills for problem-solving. These math skills include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. You can expect to be tested on arithmetic tasks and word problems in this section. For instance, do you remember your order of operations? Hint: you might have learned a phrase like Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally to remember that the order you should solve a problem in is parenthesis, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. It’s time to review all of those math problems you thought you might never need in the real world. As an officer, you will be required to find stopping distances, rates of speed and other real world instances where math is needed. One of the best ways to practice for this section is to write out the math problems and your work, and then check yourself with a calculator. You will be allowed to write out your math problems on a scrap piece of paper during the test.
Hmmmmm…..not even remotely similar to Canada. Did I miss something?
Wyoming Peace Officers Standards and Training Tests
Our written test is administered by P.O.S.T. and is given at our testing site or you can take the test in advance at their office.
- You may take the P.O.S.T. test any number of times in one year. The test is good for one year.
- Test fee: $35 (cash only)
- There are 4 sections to the test:
- Written skills
- Reading comprehension
- Grammar, Punctuation, & Spelling
- You must score at least 70% in each of the section in order to continue in the WHP testing process.