What can you do if you’re not happy with your police entrance exam score?



  1. If you failed your (VicPol) exam, both the first attempt and the re-sit,  and wanted to reapply, you would now only need to wait 6 months, not 12.
  2. Reference to an exam score of 200 should now be taken as 80% (as the exam is no longer out of a maximum score of 248)

To calculate your exam score percentage, based on the new scoring system, use this formula-

your score / 504 x 100

So you’ve just got your results back from your entrance exam and you’re not happy with the score!

What can you do about it? Is your application over just as it’s just getting started? Do you have options?

Let’s find out in this episode.

Show Highlights

00:15 – Should you cancel if you have a poor exam score and reapply in 6 months?
00:45 – Exam scores are important but you can make up ground in other areas
01:34 – What is a competitive score?

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G’day, Russ here from Prime Motion Training. Today I want to answer the question, “What can I do if I’m not happy with my Victoria Place entrance exam score?” Let’s discuss it.

00:15 – Should you cancel and reapply in 12 months?

Okay, once you’ve completed your entrance exam and you have your final score, if you’re not happy with it, you can simply book in for another exam and go back and try and get a better score right?

Well, that’s not quite true. You can do that, but first you would need to cancel your application, you would then be excluded from re-applying for a minimum of 12 months and then you would be able to re-apply and go back and sit the entrance exam and try and get a better score.

If you’re not happy with your score you can cancel your application and apply again in 12 months

Now before you do that, it’s important that we cover a couple of aspects.

00:45 – Exam is important but you can make it back up

Okay, so before you run off and cancel your application, we need to discuss that not that long ago, the scoring system for applicants was heavily based on the entrance exam results. In fact, 50% of what ended up in your final applicant score was determined by how well you did in that entrance exam.

This has now changed and there are assessments that are happening in the background and some of those things that you may not even be aware of are contributing to your final applicant score.

So if you’re not happy with your exam score, there’s still plenty of opportunity through the rest of the application process to build your score back up again and make a good impression and ultimately end up in a good position on the order of merit.

If you’ve scored low don’t give up as you can make it up by scoring well in other areas

01:34 – What is a competitive score

Now if you’ve done really well in your entrance exam and you’ve got a good competitive score, and you then continue to do well through the rest of the process, you may very well end up at the top of the waiting list (order of merit) and that will result in going into the academy fairly quickly.

So if you don’t have a competitive exam score, don’t lose heart, there’s still plenty of opportunities to make up some ground, but just to put things into perspective, for some time now a competitive exam score has been considered around 200. The maximum score you can achieve is 504. So if you’re anywhere near 400, that means that you’re off to a very good start and just need to keep up that good work, maintain that momentum as you go through the rest of the process.

If you’re not quite at that 80%, don’t lose heart, there are still opportunities to make up ground, it just means you need to work hard to make up some ground so that at the end of the process, you’re still in a competitive position on that all-important order of merit.

The maximum exam score is 504 and if you’ve scored around 400 then you’re off to a good start

Okay, well, I hope you found that helpful. If you have any questions about what we’ve discussed today, by all means, reach out and say g’day. Otherwise, I’ll chat with you again in another discussion soon.

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.

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