G’day, it’s Russell here from Prime Motion Training.
If you are applying to join Victoria Police, but you have not yet sat your entrance exam, a recent change to the process will affect you.
The normal process would be that you submit an online application, if it’s accepted you’ll then receive an email invitation and instructions to book in for the Victoria Police entrance exam. You would have to do the exam within 3 months of receiving the invitation. If you failed to do it within the 3 month period, your application would be cancelled.
Now as of May 2019 there has been a change to the process and the first part of that change is that you’ll now only have 2 months to sit the entrance exam and not 3. In addition to that, once you receive the invitation, you’ll have just 2 weeks to select the date to do your exam at some time in the next 2 months.
So just to be clear, you’ll have 2 months to do the exam but you must select a date within that 2 month period within 2 weeks of receiving the invitation.
So why would Victoria Police introduce these changes?
Firstly, 3 months is quite a long time to prepare for the exam, two months should be plenty of time to do that. More importantly, the 2-week time frame where you must select a date for your exam (this is within 2 weeks of receiving the invitation) has come about because of this possible scenario:
Let’s assume that an applicant has three months to prepare, and they were preparing themselves for that exam knowing that they wanted to leave it until the last week or two before their 3 month time period expired just to maximise their preparation time.
So they’d go to book in their exam within a week or two prior to that 3-month time limit only to find that there were no available exams to book into. The next one is not for another 4 weeks. That then puts them outside of the 3-month time limit and as a result, they haven’t sat the exam so their application is cancelled.
Now that can happen because the exams are not run every day, they are not even run every weekend, so it’s important that you check the available dates for the exams early in the process so that you don’t fall into that scenario.
This is why the additional instruction is there now so that you look at those available dates early and make a commitment to one of those dates within the 2-month timeframe that’s been allocated. That way you’re not going to fall into that trap of leaving it till the last minute only to find there is no opportunity to sit the exam in the time you have left.
Alright, so there are some updates to the process, if you haven’t prepared yourself for the entrance exam then your time to do so has now been reduced to 2 months.
If you haven’t actually applied yet my advice to applicants has always been and now is even stronger, that you should prepare yourself for the exam before you submit the application.
That way if you do require, 8 weeks, 10 weeks or 12 weeks to prepare yourself for the exam you’ve got that luxury and you’re not working to a 2-month time limit which you will be held to once you actually submit that application.
So do things in your own time on your own terms and when you are ready to pass the exam, submit the application, receive the invitation to book in for the exam and do that right away.
That’s my advice, I hope it was helpful, if you need any help with your exam preparation or any other part of your application journey, happy to help, just make contact.