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Police Analytical Thinking Inventory Test

What is the PATI?

The Police Analytical Thinking Inventory (PATI) is a paper-and-pencil test that assesses your ability to think analytically. The PATI takes approximately 90 minutes and tests three key areas:


·         Deductive Reasoning: The ability to draw appropriate conclusions from information provided. Police are often required to make sense of evidence by drawing conclusions about its relevance and meaning.  Syllogisms and True Time tasks are used to evaluate this area of competency.

·         Inductive Reasoning: The ability to identify patterns or common traits in objects or information. Police officers often need to sift through seemingly disconnected facts and make judgments about how they fit together.  Classification and Series Completion are used to evaluate this area of competency.

·         Quantitative Reasoning: The ability to apply basic arithmetic operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions to solve problems. Police often need to determine things like rates of speed or stopping distance. This ability is tested through Word Problems and Arithmetic tasks.


What is a Syllogism, a True Time task, etc.?

These are specific tests that were designed by the Applicant Testing Service.  By surfing the web under each of these headings, you should be able to obtain more information to help you prepare for these tests. Click here to find examples of these types of test questions.


How long is the test valid?
A successful result on the PATI remains valid for three years.


When can I take the PATI again?
If you have a valid PATI that is about to expire, you may re-write the test within the two-month period before the expiry date, or anytime after. If you failed your previous PATI, you must wait for six months before rewriting the test with any organization that provides testing services for the Constable Selection System.