If you are an applicant of either one of these government agencies (BFP, BJMP, PNP, BUCOR, PDEA, and other branches of the AFP) you will have to undergo and pass the neuropsychiatric examination before getting recruited. Passing the entrance exam or qualifying exam is just the tip of the iceberg.
What is the neuro-psychiatric exam?
The neuro-psychiatric exam is used to examine the psychological functioning, adaptability, and mental stability of the applicant. It is also a way to assess whether the applicant is fit for the job or not.
It is consists of two parts- the written and the oral interview. The written exam is composed of the following:
- 35-item Aptitude Test
- Applicant Risk Profiler
- Guilford Zimmerman Temperament Survey
- The Industrial Sentence Completion Test
- Work Environment Preference Schedule (WEPS)
- Hand Test and the Drawing
It is not as scary as it sounds though. Here are some tips for you to pass the neuropsychiatric exam.
Tips to pass the neuropsychological exam
Like any other exam, you need to calm down and compose yourself. Focus on your goals and the reason why you are there in the first place. People who are under pressure or fear tend to block out. You need to set your mind that you can nail the exam.
Be consistent with your answers. Being consistent means you are truthful enough. Think of this scenario. A witness giving different sides of the story. What would it imply? This can mean that the witness is not honest about his/her answers. There are sets of questions that are related to each other that would need a similar answer as the previous questions. Be mindful and remember your answer.
Keep in mind that law enforcement jobs are discipline-related. You will have to follow orders from the top officials thus following instruction is very vital. During the exam, read carefully and understand. Then do what you are told to do, for example, you are asked to write in CAPITAL LETTERS, then do what is asked of you.
Proper Time Management
The 35 item IQ test or aptitude test is time-pressured. They will give you 15 minutes to answer the questions. In order to manage your time, it is better to answer the easy questions first. In this way, you have the chance to complete the exam.
Enhance your English skills
Exams usually include essay writing. If you have good English skills it would give you an edge to other applicants. You don’t need to be perfect at it but just review some basic grammar, correct spelling and sentence structure. Your content and neatness would also matter.
Improve your drawing skills
The examination includes drawing. If you are not good at it don’t worry. you can practice as early as now. We will also give you tips on how to properly draw. It does not mean that you need to be on par with the famous artist.
When you are asked to draw people, don’t draw sticks figure instead draw real people. Include their features as well, like the eyes, the nose, and the mouth, hands feet, etc. It should be identifiable whether it is a woman or a man. Draw what is appropriate and normal, for example, the head should be proportion with the body, don’t put muscles on women, don’t draw a man with long hair, etc.
After you draw, they will ask you to describe it. Your drawing and your description will be used to evaluate your personality.
The second part of the neuropsychological exam is the personal interview. Take note of your appearance. You should be properly groom so you will leave a good first impression. Just be yourself and answer the questions with confidence. But don’t be arrogant. Be humble. Avoid a lot of hand gestures or movements. If you are the type of person who stutters, better yet practice at home. You can write the usual interview questions and answers and memorize them ahead of time.
Do your best in everything you do so whatever the result of your neuro exam, you won’t regret a thing. If it’s for you, never will anyone else can take it away from you. Always pray for guidance. God Bless.