The time for you to calculate was tight because the time was moving fast. And you probably have to understand the questions well, which you also don't have enough time to balance through thoroughly.
Prison Officer Tests
Working as a prison officer is a pressured role that involves taking responsibility for the care of inmates, some of whom may be vulnerable individuals. Job candidates must be able to demonstrate good basic numeracy skills, plus personality traits and behaviours that align with the expectations of someone working in a position of authority.
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Do prison officers need good maths?
You will need a good understanding of basic mathematical principles to be able to work as a prison officer, as you will need to draw upon these skills accurately in your everyday work.
How long are prison officer tests?
Stage one of the tests has two parts. The situational judgement test has a time limit of 20 minutes and the numerical reasoning test allows 15 minutes.
Stage two, consisting of the game-based task, has no time limit, but typically takes around 30 to 50 minutes to complete.
What happens if you fail the prison officer exam?
If you fail the POST, you must wait six months before reapplying. If you fail only the fitness component of the test, you may retake it up to three times, as long as you have passed all the other components of the tests.
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Reviews of our Prison Officer tests
What our customers say about our Prison Officer tests
Nathan Adjei Mensah
September 19, 2021
May 13, 2021
Fairly simple but easy to make mistakes if not concentrating
May 03, 2021
The most important thing to know is to be time conscious
What I disliked about the test was that it does not give one time to calculate the answers always.
May 01, 2021
time test was really pressing and required alertness
April 25, 2021
I liked the speed and disliked the logic
Munaaba John Apuuli
April 23, 2021
The tests give little time yet they have a lot of calculations
April 11, 2021
First time doing anything like this
Was pretty well laid out, my maths are awful so it was a little tricky for me.
March 31, 2021
I found it quite hard
I don’t like doing things against the clock – it makes me panic and treble-check my answers. Therefore I always run out of time.
March 29, 2021
Really good test and gets your brain thinking
March 17, 2021
Tricky but managed it
Found the test to be quite hard, but I was starting to understand the problem solving part more as the test went on.