Written Testing

Alberta Police Cognitive Ability Test (APCAT)

The Alberta Police Cognitive Abilities Test (APCAT) is a mandatory, job-related written examination that is completed in stage three of the application process. This exam is a provincial standard; results are valid for five years and transferable to all municipal police agencies in the province.

The APCAT consists of 120 multiple choice questions and applicants must achieve a score of 70 per cent to pass. The exam is approximately three hours in duration and can be written as many times as necessary.

Minimum wait periods after a unsuccessful attempt are:

  • First attempt: one month from the date of testing
  • Second attempt: three months from the date of the second test
  • Third attempt and any subsequent attempt: six months from the date of the last test.

Download the APCAT pre-test guide here.