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Prison Officer Tests

  • 21 tests
  • 236 questions
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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Prison Officer Tests FAQs

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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  • Ghana

    October 29, 2021

    Like the test

    I like the test and I don't know why but I sometimes feel lazy, so the timing I would say is what I am not cool with. I nearly quit the test but I tried to keep focusing more on finding out the right answer. As it was my first time, I didn't find it easy.

  • Ghana

    September 19, 2021


    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.

  • United Kingdom

    May 13, 2021

    Good test

    Fairly simple but easy to make mistakes if not concentrating

  • Uganda

    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.

  • Uganda

    May 01, 2021


    time test was really pressing and required alertness

  • Uganda

    April 25, 2021


    I liked the speed and disliked the logic

  • Uganda

    April 23, 2021


    The tests give little time yet they have a lot of calculations

  • United Kingdom

    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.

  • United Kingdom

    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.

  • United Kingdom

    March 29, 2021


    Really good test and gets your brain thinking