Police Training Scotland

Police Practice Papers

Police Scotland came into effect in April 2013 replacing the former eight police forces.

Police Practice Papers was based on the now redundant SET test. It developed from a project run by the Scottish Government in collaboration with Strathclyde Police, with spectacular results. For fourteen years it has assisted potential police recruits with exam preparation papers and useful information.

In June 2020 Police Scotland changed to a new Entrance Test, similar to the old SET Test, but with some changes. There have been some teething problems so far with the new test and Police Scotland seem unwilling to give out any information to assist candidates.

The major changes so far:

  • The new test will last one hour instead of the previous one and a half hours.
  • The new test comprises one paper with all elements combined. Previously there were three separate papers: Language, Number and Information Handling.
  • Language, Number and Information Handling questions in the new test are jumbled up: there is no distinct break between sections.
  • The Language element seems to be more reading and answering questions to short reports than grammar-based questions.

We have resumed trading with our SET practice papers in the hope that they might be of some assistance pending the writing of new tests.

If you would like to share in our journey, please get in touch with Mairi on 07717 055434.