Take the APCAT

As per provincial guidelines, anyone interested in a policing career must write the Alberta Police Cognitive Ability Test (APCAT).

The Alberta Police Cognitive Abilities Test is a job-related written examination.  Applicants are given a pre-test booklet during the examination and are allowed to study it for 30 minutes.  The pre-test booklet is then removed and the test is administered over the next two hours and 15 minutes.  The result of this test is valid for five years.

Candidates may rewrite the APCAT if they did not achieve the cut-score one month (30 days) after their first test attempt, three (3) months after their second test attempt, and six (6) months after each subsequent test attempt.  

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Have you taken the APCAT previously?
Please include information on the date(s) and location(s) where you previously took the APCAT and which version you took. 

The GPPS is dedicated to upholding privacy of personal information in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. F-25 (“FOIP Act”), as amended from time to time. The collection of personal information is authorized under Section 33(c) of the FOIP Act. We collect your name, contact details, and cognitive test results (previous and current), solely for the purpose of the Cognitive Ability Test, sourcing information from individuals and authorized third parties. The gathered data is exclusively used to assess cognitive abilities, facilitating informed decisions for purposes such as educational or employment evaluations. Disclosure of this information occurs only with explicit consent or as permitted by law, shared only with authorized entities. The personal information is safeguarded in compliance with Part 2 of the FOIP Act. Should you require further information about the collection, use, disclosure or destruction of your personal information, please contact: Training and Recruitment Staff Sergeant, Michel Lefebvre @ mlefebvre@gppolice.com.