Alberta Communication Test (ACT)

Applicants will write the Alberta Communication Test (ACT) which takes approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes to complete (including instructions and break). It is designed to assess the applicant’s ability to communicate in writing. Using a multiple-choice format, the test covers three areas:

  1. reading vocabulary
  2. spelling
  3. grammar

Passing marks for the ACT exam is 55%, and applicants can write as many times as necessary to pass. Minimum wait periods before writing again after a fail are:

  • 1st test write fail – applicant must wait one month before rewriting
  • 2nd test write fail – applicant must wait six months before rewriting
  • 3rd test write fail – applicant must wait 12 months (the wait period will continue to double accordingly thereafter)

Download the ACT Pre-Test Guide

Alberta Police Cognitive Ability Test (APCAT)

Applicants must also write the Alberta Police Cognitive Ability Test (APCAT). This test is a job-related written examination of approximately three hours in duration. The test consists of 120 multiple choice questions and applicants must achieve a score of 70% to pass.

Applicants can only write this exam three times before receiving a permanent deferral. Minimum wait periods after a fail are:

  • 1st test write fail – applicant must wait one month before rewriting
  • 2nd test write fail – applicant must wait three months before rewriting
  • 3rd test write fail – no further attempts permitted

If the applicant does not pass this exam in three attempts, they will not be allowed to participate in the selection process for any municipal police agency in Alberta. (This does not include the RCMP.)

Download the APCAT pre-test guide