How to Prepare for the Victoria Police Entrance Exam

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest

Why is Your Victoria Police Entrance Exam Score So Important and What Are The Preparation Options?

If you’ve found your way here, chances are you’re preparing yourself for the Victoria Police Entrance Exam. If that is the case, then I congratulate you already for getting off to a good start!

What some applicants don’t realise, is that the score they achieve from that entrance exam will actually equate to fifty percent of what becomes an applicants final applicant score. That final applicant score is crucially important, because it will determine where you’re placed on the waiting list at the end of the application process.

Those applicants with the highest scores will be a the top of the list, and so when positions at the police academy become available, the applicants at the top of the list will be offered those spots. If you don’t have a competitive score and you find yourself half way down the waiting list, it’s quite feasible that you may never be offered a position. If other applicants come along after you with a higher score, they’ll simply jump the queue.

If you are preparing yourself for the exam there’s a number of options available. You could organise yourself a private tutor to sit down with you one-on-one and take you through various skills and techniques to help you better approach each of the sections that make up the exam.

As you’re probably aware, a lot of the universities and TAFE colleges offer Victoria Police Entrance Exam preparatory training courses. Those courses are typically $400-$500 for the course. You would usually have between eight and ten sessions. What would normally happen is you’d go along a couple of nights a week for a few weeks until the course was completed.

A private tutor could be anywhere from $70-$80 per hour, it wouldn’t take long to clock $400 or $500 worth of lessons.

Our approach is a little bit different. What I’ve done for our members, is to create a whole series (50+) of videos tutorial lessons. We’ve also spent a lot of money, in fact invested heavily almost to the value of ten thousand dollars, to create a custom software application that’s based on the Victoria Police Entrance Exam. Why that’s important, is that once you’ve taken the video lessons, you can then practice those skills in the same way that you’ll be doing the official entrance exam.

It’s an online-based exam. There’s an unlimited amount of exams that you can take. There’s over seven hundred questions in our database at the moment that’s growing each month. What it means is that, when you take a particular component of the entrance exam, the time that’s applied to that section is the same as the official entrance exam. The score that you need to achieve to pass is set at the same level. You’re able to take an unlimited amount of exams, where each time you do that exam the questions are different because they’re selected at random from the database.

There are some other options around for Victoria Police applicants. There’s some free quiz making software some have used set up a couple of practice quizzes which they offer at a hefty price. The problem with that is that when you’re doing the same exam over and over it doesn’t take long before you start to actually remember the answers. When you reach that point, you’re no longer developing your skills and practicing those skills. You’re really just remembering what you’ve previously done.

That ability to take an unlimited amount of practice exams really gives you the opportunity to test your skills and practice your skills, rather than remembering answers. I think with the combination of those video lessons and our custom software application, we’ve covered both bases where you can learn the lessons and then you can put them into practice.

If you think about hiring a tutor, for example, just for a moment, at $70-$80 per hour, it often takes a couple of lessons on a particular subject to really get the hang of it. You end up paying your $70-$80 an hour each time you need to go back over that content or that sort of material.

In an exam preparatory course, although you’re sitting in a session, and it’s live, and it’s face-to-face with a tutor, you’re sharing that tutor’s time, or that teacher or lecturer’s time with twenty-five or thirty other applicants. It is interactive, but the problem is, once you’ve done that lesson they need to move on in the course, otherwise they’re not going to get that course competed. If you’re having trouble with something, it’s difficult to go back and do that lesson again, unless you want to jump on the next course and pay another $400-$500 to go back over that material again.

That’s where I think video tutorials or online training really comes into its own. You can watch those videos as many times as you need to. We all know you have to go over things a few times for everything to really sink in. The other thing that I’m a bit of a fan of with online learning, is that you can do it on your own time. You can do it at your own location, wherever it’s convenient for you. You’re doing the lessons on your own terms. I think that is a little bit more flexible than having to work in with a structured course that’s done at a particular venue at a particular time.

I strongly urge you to consider all of those options, because we each have different learning styles. Some people need to sit down face-to-face with someone who’s going to help them and teach them and tune into your strengths and weaknesses. The trade-off, of course, is that it can be quite costly to do that. It’s not unreasonable to expect to pay $400-$500 for a few sessions with a tutor.

It’s certainly not unreasonable to expect to pay $400-$500 to do an exam preparatory course at a TAFE or a university. For that sort of money, you would have access to our training and support for almost a year. Given my background with Victoria Police, I’m able to help our members with every step in the application process, not just the entrance exam.

The other option is, in terms of our membership and getting access to our training, you don’t need to commit to one year or to $400+ worth of training. You can certainly just do one month at a time, a little bit like a gym. You pay a monthly fee, and you go and use the equipment, and you make use of the facilities for that month. If you didn’t want to be a member at the end of the month, you could simply cancel your membership.

Whatever suits you, whatever is the best option for you, but, I’d strongly urge you to put in some time and effort to prepare yourself for the Victoria Police Entrance Exam. Look at it as an investment in the result that you’re trying to get. Given that your exam score is worth half your final applicant score, it’s really important that you get your application off to a good start and maximise your potential Victoria Police Entrance Exam score. I hope that’s helpful and it is has given you some food for thought. If you are interested in becoming a member and accessing the resources that we can help you with, you can have a look at the information on this page.

If you decide that it’s right for you, within a few minutes from now, you could be in the member’s area, watching the first few videos. Whatever you decide, I wish you all the best with the application process. Good luck with your endeavours in joining Victoria Police.

Kind regards,

Russell Kempster
Russell Kempster
Founder and Head Trainer, Prime Motion Training

About the Author

Russell Kempster

Russell Kempster

Russ spent 12 years as a police officer with Victoria Police. The last four years of that time was spent at the Victoria Police Academy as an instructor, where he taught everything from fitness to firearms. He has trained police applicants, as well as recruits undergoing their initial training, experienced serving police officers and was even called on by Victoria Police to help train other would-be police academy instructors.

You may also like

Search for an article

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Police Recruitment Applicant Guide - 5 Tips

Get your free copy of Russell Kempster’s helpful guide for Police applicants here.