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Policing Subject Guide: for students undertaking policing tests in TAFE SA


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Recruitment testing

If you are applying to become a police officer or protective security officer, you are required to complete tests for literacy and numeracy and for computer formatting and typing.  The current pass marks for the SA Police Recruitment Test for police officers are:

  • Reading: 70%
  • Writing: 70%
  • Spelling: 60%
  • Numeracy: 65%
  • Microsoft Word Formatting: 75%
  • Typing Speed: 26 wpm
  • Typing Accuracy: 96%

As part of your computer competency assessment, you need to have a good, working knowledge of the basic functions of Microsoft Windows 7. A typing speed of at least 26 words per minute with 96% accuracy is required.  Learn more about the basic computer skills required.

Here is SAPOL's sample test.  You can compare your results with the completed test.

Here are some other free online typing tests you can practice with:

These sample tests can provide you with some practice:

Policing resources available online

Click on any title to access the e-book. 
See our e-books guide for further help.

Policing resources held in the library

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You can reserve items held in any of our libraries and have them sent to the library of your choice - read here to find out how.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students


  • TAFE SA provides support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students via the Aboriginal Access Centre (AAC)
  • See what cultural safety resources are available from TAFE SA libraries here.
  • Acknowledgement of Country

For further help with your study ...

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  • Database Guides - How to use the online information sources TAFE SA libraries provide

My Information Skills is a set of online tutorials to help you develop your study skills.

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