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Prison Officer Tests

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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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Sample Prison Officer Tests question Test your knowledge!

After observing a sequence of prisoner transfers between three cell blocks, A, B, and C, you notice that the number of transfers follows a specific pattern: two transfers from A to B, then three transfers from B to C, followed by one transfer from C to A. If the sequence begins again from A to B, how many transfers would occur from B to C on the second cycle?

  • 3
  • 2
  • 4
  • 6

During a daily check, you counted 128 prisoners in the dining area, 97 in the yard, 76 in their cells, and 35 in the workshop. What is the total number of prisoners accounted for?

  • 336
  • 340
  • 331
  • 326

A cell block's emergency protocol includes a head count that needs to be completed within 4 minutes. If each prisoner's identification and head count take 20 seconds, what is the maximum number of prisoners that can be accounted for within the time frame?

  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 10

In a report, you read that 'the inmates' recreational time enhances their rehabilitation process significantly.' What does this suggest about the prison's policy on recreational time for inmates?

  • It needs to be reduced to maintain discipline.
  • It has an uncertain impact on discipline and order.
  • It is beneficial for the inmates' rehabilitation efforts.
  • It creates security concerns that need to be addressed.

If the commissary budget allows an inmate to spend up to $50 a month, which of the following expenditures would be considered within the budget for two months?

  • $99 in the first month and $1 in the second month.
  • $75 in the first month and $75 in the second month.
  • $50 in the first month and $55 in the second month.
  • $100 in the first month only.

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Prison Officer Tests Tips

1Familiarize Yourself with the Format

The very first step in mastering the Prison Officer Selection Process is to understand the format of the exams. By using Practice Aptitude Tests, you can get a clear picture of what to expect. You’ll encounter the types of questions and the pacing, so there are no surprises on test day. Dive into the structure of the online tests and the assessment day challenges to ensure you’re as prepared as you can be.

2Understand the Job Role

Being a Prison Officer is unique, and the tests are designed to assess your suitability for the role. Spend time understanding the responsibilities and qualities required for a Prison Officer. Reflect on how the skills and attributes tested align with the day-to-day duties you’d perform. This insight can guide your preparation and help you approach the test questions with the right mindset.

3Practice Under Exam Conditions

To truly prepare for the POST, simulate the exam environment using Practice Aptitude Tests. Allocate dedicated time slots for practice, and ensure your setting is as close to the exam conditions as possible - quiet, uninterrupted, and timed. This habit not only helps you get used to the pressure but also aids in building your confidence and time management skills.

4Work on Your Weak Points

Everyone has areas they can improve. Identify your weaknesses early in your preparation process with our diagnostic tests and targeted practice exams at Practice Aptitude Tests. Focus on these areas with additional exercises and revision to turn your weak spots into strengths, ensuring a well-rounded performance across all aspects of the POST.

5Stay Healthy and Rested

Test preparation goes beyond studying - your physical and mental well-being are paramount. Ensure you’re eating well, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep in the days leading up to the test. A rested mind is more effective at problem-solving and critical thinking, both of which are crucial for success as a Prison Officer and when taking the selection tests.

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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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What our customers say about our Prison Officer tests

  • 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