September 22, 2016

What to expect when taking the B-PAD

Before you can become a registered police officer with the Ontario Police force, you need to pass the B-PAD. The Ontario Police B-PAD test helps to gauge an individual officer’s presence, communication, problem-solving skills, and interpersonal social skills while on the job. The more you know about how to handle difficult interpersonal situations between yourself and others, the better your B-PAD performance will be. 

How The Test Works: The Basics

B-PAD testsThe B-PAD is a video-based simulations test, taken through a TV or computer monitor. The situations presented through the monitor are reenactments based on real-life police work interpersonal situations. You must respond to each situation verbally and your actions and voice are recorded. The results are then scored based on standardized criteria.

The ways in which you respond to the situations during the B-PAD exam will be held as a good indicator of your future actions and reactions when in the line of real police work. 

Facts about the B-PAD

  • You won’t be tested on your job knowledge, police procedures, your personality, or law knowledge.
  • You will be tested on your communication skills, interpersonal relations, common sense, and judgment skills
  • The test usually takes around 20 minutes to complete
  • Each situation is 1-2 minutes long
  • Vision and hearing tests are also often scheduled to be taken around the same time
  • Your responses are video recorded, reviewed by instructors, and scored based on standardized criteria.
  • The video will pause and you will usually have less than a minute to respond

One of the most important things to remember when taking the B-PAD it is essentially a role-playing exercise. To prepare for the test, you should practice role-playing exercises and do research on the web and in books about examples of real-life police situations and interpersonal encounters, and learn how appropriately to respond in context.

Another way to prepare for the B-PAD is to take a practice B-PAD test. They are available online. Or you can also find B-PAD example situations and practice the scenarios with someone else.

Tips to remember when taking the B-PAD

B-PAD testsYou are in a role-play situation- Though you should respond as if you are in a real-life situation, remind yourself that it’s just an exercise to help measure your interpersonal skills.

  • Remain calm and level-headed- Breath. Staying calm is the best thing you can do for yourself.
  • Offer help to solve the citizen’s problem- Offer appropriate solutions to the presented problem
  • Be professional- Use appropriate language, body language, gestures, and vocal tones
  • Keep track of your time limits- Make sure to solve the problem and respond in time
  • Keep engaged- Even though the situations are not real, act as if they are in a civilized manner

If you don’t pass your B-PAD exam, you can take a retest. Retests are usually available to future officers 3 months after your initial, failed the test. If this occurs, take a time to go over what you did incorrectly, and learn to incorporate more of what you did do correctly when taking the retest as this is also most important thing ever.

You can take a B-PAD practice test here

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