The RCMP will require you to go through a challenging selection process. The recruitment process will include a written test called the RCMP Police Ability Test or RPAT test. The RCMP recruitment process consists of the following stages, however be sure to check their website using the link above to see the latest information:

Stage 1: Information Session

Contact your local RCMP Detachment and make arrangements to attend an information session. The session will assist you in determining your suitability for police officer duties.

Stage 2: Written Testing

After the initial information session, contact your local RCMP Detachment to schedule a date to write the RCMP Written Exam. The Exam consists of two parts; Police Aptitude Test (RPAT) and the Six Factor Personality Questionnaire.

The RCMP Police Aptitude Test (RPAT) consists of 114 questions. The final mark will be changed to reflect a standardized score out of 5.00. The pass mark in this case will be 3.20 which is approximately 66 to 68 percent. All applicants have to pass this test in order to continue on in the application process. The RPAT tests the following aptitudes: Observation, Memory, English Composition (grammar, spelling, vocabulary), Logic, Judgement, Computation, Comprehension.

You will also be required to take a Six Factor Personality Questionnaire (SFPQ).

Stage 3 - Physical Test

4. Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE). The PARE is a job related physical ability test which is a condition of employment as a Regular Member of the RCMP. Unless an application package is forwarded it is not necessary to obtain PARE Certification. When an applicant is notified in writing by the Recruiting office, you will then be responsible to arrange for PARE testing at the nearest site. The PARE certificate is valid for six months. You must obtain medical clearance from a physician in order to take the test. You are responsible for when and where you choose to take the PARE test and you are responsible for the fee of approximately $40.00 plus tax each time you take the test. You are also responsible for any expenses associated to PARE Certification, including fees charged by your physician to obtain medical clearance. If you are selected for an interview, you will be notified that PARE Certification is necessary to proceed forward in the application process.

Stage 4 - Interview

Selected applicants are interviewed. Recommended applicants then have their names placed on the Post Interview Ranked List (PIRL) where they are subjected to further competition. Your combined RPAT and Interview scores will determine your standing on the PIRL list. Selected applicants will be sent a Conditional Offer of Enrollment to acknowledge and return.

Stage 5 - Background Investigation

Once the Conditional Offer of Enrollment is received, applicant files are then forwarded for a background investigation to confirm their suitability.

Stage 6 - Medical and Psychological

If your PARE certificate remains valid at the final stage of processing, medical and psychological examinations with the RCMP designated physicians are scheduled. Various medical tests are conducted including a vision examination and hearing test.

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