RCMP Entrance Exam

What is the RCMP Entrance Exam (RPAB)?

The RCMP Entrance Exam, called the "RPAB", is an electronic exam completed on the computer. It is required to be written by applicants as part of the selection process. Applicants with a bachelor's degree from a recognized university are exempt.

The exam consists of two separate parts and takes a total of approximately two (2) hours to complete:

  • Part 1: A Six Factor Personality Questionnaire (SFPQ):

    • Consists of agree or disagree statements that evaluate personality.
    • The test takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and is written prior to the RPAT.
  • Part 2: The RCMP Police Aptitude Test (RPAT):

    • Consists of multiple choice questions designed to evaluate an applicant's aptitude.
    • It measures six skills that are essential to completing the duties of a police officer:
      • Composition (spelling, grammar, and vocabulary)
      • Comprehension
      • Judgement
      • Observation
      • Logic
      • Computation

How do I know if my degree or diploma is from a "recognized" post-secondary institution?

A "recognized post-secondary institution" is a public or private institution that has been given authority to grant degrees, diplomas, and other credentials by a public or private act of a provincial/territorial legislature or through a government-mandated quality assurance mechanism. For greater certainty, also included are institutions authorized to grant specific academic credentials for specific academic programs.

To determine if an institution is registered and recognized, visit the Ministry of Education website for the province in question to obtain a list of registered institutes.

If your education was obtained outside Canada, you must get an equivalency assessment. Contact the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials to find out which organizations across Canada perform these assessments. You can find out more by visiting CICIC's website.

Are there any other college level education exemptions?

No, college diplomas for programs of study less than two years, certificates, etc., are not considered eligible for an exemption from the Entrance Exam at this time.

What score do I need to pass and move on in the process?

The pass mark for the exam is 3.2 out of 5.0.

Applicants are eligible to rewrite the exam after a waiting period of six (6) months.

You've passed the exam! What happens next?

Applicants with a successful RCMP Entrance Exam score will be contacted to continue in the recruiting process.

How do I prepare?

The Preparatory Guide for the RCMP Entrance Exam has been developed to assist applicants preparing to write the exam.

Please note: A recruiter will contact you to register you for an upcoming exam once your online application is reviewed and you are selected to continue in the recruiting process.

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