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MI5 Situational Judgement Test

The MI5’s Situational Judgement Test is a set of questions assessing how you might react to hypothetical events and situations that might be encountered in the MI5 workplace environment. This will be a litmus test for your values, assessing if they match with the British Intelligence Agency. So do your research and try to memorise them by heart (might come in handy in the future!)

MI5 Verbal Reasoning Test

The MI5 Verbal Reasoning Test comprises of a series of paragraphs which you will be required to read and a set of questions matching the information provided in paragraphs. Your answer options will be True, False or Cannot Tell.

MI5 E-Tray

Before you skip this section, we have to clarify - it’s not just the ‘e-mail skills’, so you might want to consider preparing yourself for this exercise as well. In fact, rather than checking your e-mail literacy MI5 E-Tray exercise is a simulated work task measuring your probable performance in the company’s workplace.

MI5 Personality Test

In essence, MI5 Personality Test will assess if you fit the specific role you are applying for and the “secret service” in general. But other than that, it also aims to decipher your mind and see what kind of person you are, what motivates you, and where your weakness lies. We don’t need you remind you, that the answers should be honest as these tests are designed to point out any discrepancies, however, it’s also important to remember that some qualities for a specific programme might be worth stressing more than others.

MI5 Telephone Interview

Telephone interviews can be daunting. Especially, when someone lacks the confidence to talk to strangers on the phone. The awareness of this conversation being the first interaction with someone from the MI5 only makes it even more stressful. So it’s important to know how to snap out of that nervousness.

MI5 Assessment Centre

MI5 Assessment Centre is unlike anything that you have experienced before. Or everything that you did, but with an extra level of difficulty. It is usually a mix of individual and group activities, that will further verify your logic interference, verbal reasoning and communication abilities, as well as a capacity to formulate strong judgements. The exercises will differ depending on the job position you are applying for, but make sure you are prepared for all scenarios. Below you can take a look at what you might expect and how to prepare your all-conquering strategy for the assessment day.

MI5 Written Report

You will be asked to write at least one report based on the plethora of reading you would be supplied with. The trick is to analyze the information pack, carefully but quickly. At this stage it is important that you have understood the MI5 culture and your chosen division thoroughly.

MI5 Group Exercise

These exercises will vary, but the general skills that the assessors are looking for is a good balance between teamwork and leadership skills. You might want everyone in the room to see your great leadership skills, but approach the group exercise rather as a test of your collaborative and teamwork abilities than a show of a directorship. The most common way of verifying these skills is through a group discussion on a divisive topic of or a hypothetical black scenario to which a quick solution is needed.

MI5 Competency/ Panel Interviews

The Competency Interviews are a further step of validating your application. You might expect even more detailed questions related your work experience and University achievements. Some questions related to the vetting might occur. Remember to stay calm under pressure and be yourself to get through these last steps of the MI5 Application Process.

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Sample MI5 Tests question Test your knowledge!

You are tasked with identifying a pattern in the presented operation reports. If the first three reports indicate a decrease in threat level by 10%, 15%, and 20%, what is the expected change in the threat level for the fourth report?

  • A decrease of 25%
  • An increase of 25%
  • A decrease of 20%
  • No change

Using the annual report data presented, calculate the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for operational costs from Year 1 to Year 3 if they were £2.5m in Year 1 and £3.4m in Year 3.

  • 15.87%
  • 16.5%
  • 17.23%
  • 18.00%

Read the following statement and choose the conclusion that can be drawn from it: 'All intelligence officers are required to sign the Official Secrets Act. No one without clearance can sign the Official Secrets Act.'

  • All intelligence officers have clearance.
  • Some intelligence officers do not have clearance.
  • No one who has signed the Official Secrets Act is an intelligence officer.
  • Signing the Official Secrets Act is not required for clearance.

After reading the passage, what is the author's main argument for enhanced surveillance in public areas?

  • Surveillance cameras are needed for deterrence and investigative purposes.
  • Public safety concerns are unfounded and do not require additional measures.
  • Surveillance infringes on the rights of citizens.
  • Global security threats are not the concern of ordinary citizens.

Which of the following best represents the author's tone in the passage regarding data encryption's role in intelligence operations?

  • Cautiously optimistic about finding a balance.
  • Critical of the necessity of encryption.
  • Supportive of encryption with considerations for security.
  • Ambivalent on the importance of encryption.

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MI5 Tests Tips

1Know Your Spy Stuff!

Brush up on your knowledge of current affairs, history, and logical reasoning. MI5 values a sharp mind!

2Stay Calm Under Pressure

Mimic test conditions at home to stay cool and collected. Remember, a calm spy is an effective spy.

3Attention to Detail

MI5’s work is all about the finer points. Practice tests that enhance your observational skills.

4Think Like a Secret Agent

Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Think outside the box – it’s what MI5 looks for.

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MI5 Tests FAQs

What are the MI5 tests?

MI5 utilises a series of specialized tests designed to assess a range of skills, from analytical reasoning and problem-solving to knowledge of current affairs and situational judgement. These tests are a crucial part of the selection process.

Are the MI5 tests hard?

Yes, the assessments by MI5 are known to be challenging. They’re designed to identify individuals with the highest levels of problem-solving and critical thinking skills. The tests will push you to the limits of your reasoning and intellect.

How do I prepare for MI5 tests?

The best way to gear up for MI5 tests is through consistent practice and familiarizing yourself with the test format. Practice Aptitude Tests offers a slew of practice tests that can help you prepare for what MI5 might throw your way.

How long does the recruitment process take at MI5?

There is no set time frame for the MI5 recruitment process as it varies greatly for each applicant. However, due to the nature of the selection process and security clearances involved, it can take several months from application to offer.

What are MI5's core values?

At the core of MI5 are values such as integrity, professionalism, and dedication to keeping the nation safe. They seek individuals who are discreet, capable, and committed to the principles that underpin their crucial work.

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  • United Kingdom

    April 23, 2023

    Good approximation and %

    I liked the fact it made me think without being overwhelming.

  • United Kingdom

    November 03, 2022

    great test

    hardest test i have seen because they did not teach this in school even my army entrance test was easy

  • Kenya

    March 23, 2022

    Numerical figures

    I like how the graphs are clear and not bad to tackle with. I dislike that the questions are not friendly add more questions on shapes, additional information questions.

  • United Kingdom

    February 10, 2022


    Considering the situational awareness test doesn't time out for 90 mins, 20 mins is an odd time constraint for this practice exam.

  • United Kingdom

    March 31, 2021


    Some information in these questions are empty and valueless, just a tip.

  • February 09, 2021

    Basic % change rules

    Good variety of questions but wording and spelling could be improved.