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Cori

Special Constable Assessment

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Cori

Hello, before applying to The Met as a Special, I would like to gather all possible information about the assessment process. There is a lot of different information out there, which are raising more questions than answers. As mentioned my force of choice is The Met as I’m aware the assessment process is not standardised across the UK. I have tried to contact The Met a few times directly, but got no answer. I have bought books, but they seem to be for ‘normal’ PCs. I wonder if the tests are identical or does it differ for Specials.

I would like to prepare myself as good as possible, therefore I really appreciate any answers by anyone who went through the process specifically with The Met lately. 

What are the tests to take on Day 1? Are there roll-plays for Specials, if so, how many?

Thanks a lot for your help! 

Cori

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danswans

You've already answered your own question. The process for specials is different for each police force. Some forces do roleplays whilst others don't. There is a great deal of information on this forum under the recruitment section which will answer any questions you may have about the joining process.

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when i applied to be a special with the met all i had was an interview. that was it.

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when i applied to be a special with the met all i had was an interview. that was it.

No way! Ha lucky you, when was that?

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@Cori, whilst I admire you for wanting to be at your best for when you tackle your application, I would get your application in first as you may not even pass your papersift which is gruelling in itself. Once you pass that stage then you are given information on what to expect next. Remeber if you don't try you'll never know.

Don't panic about it just get yourself in for it and see how you fare, there is nothing stopping you from applying and trying to learn what to expect is there..

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Cause I can't type properly and I'm a tool :P
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Hi Cori,

I went through the process relatively recently (had my assessment centre in January 2017) and have to say it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. 

Upon arrival at Empress State Building, we were checked in through security, then taken up to a holding room where we were sat for approximately 30 minutes whilst some of the staff told us what to expect. This was a great chance for some people to get questions off their chests and just to have a chat with the other candidates to find out their pasts/motivations for wanting to volunteer for the role.

We were then all called into a room that had rows of tables (picture an exam hall) with pieces of paper on. Without giving too much away, this was a written exam which had to be answered in 30 minutes (I believe). After this finished, we were moved back into the waiting room where we were held for another 30 minutes or so. After the staff had marked our papers, we were called through into another holding room, and then called in for an interview. From what I can remember, the interview was generally pretty straight forward, just make sure you know about the competencies and information about the role (hours expected to work, what will you actually be doing, etc.) as this is generally what you'll be marked against.

After finding out I had passed the interview, we were randomly selected for substance misuse testing. I was fortunate enough to not be selected and so went straight onto the 'Day 2' phase. This was where we had to get all of our documents scanned (passport, driving licence, etc.), where we had our fingerprints taken and also where we had our medical. After this, we waited around in another holding room for approximately an hour (a great time for lunch), before being taken over to the gym, which is outside of the ESB property, for the fitness assessment. Make sure you take suitable clothing to do a multistage fitness test (bleep test) in, otherwise you'll have to go back on another day! After passing the fitness assessment, we were sent home and were then told that the recruitment team would be in touch to discuss vetting and training dates.

It took approximately 9 months from my assessment centre to attestation. This could've been done much quicker if I didn't have to turn down a couple of training dates due to other commitments.

All the best with your application and the assessment centre. Which borough would you want to be posted to after training?

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Hi Cori,
I went through the process relatively recently (had my assessment centre in January 2017) and have to say it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. 
Upon arrival at Empress State Building, we were checked in through security, then taken up to a holding room where we were sat for approximately 30 minutes whilst some of the staff told us what to expect. This was a great chance for some people to get questions off their chests and just to have a chat with the other candidates to find out their pasts/motivations for wanting to volunteer for the role.
We were then all called into a room that had rows of tables (picture an exam hall) with pieces of paper on. Without giving too much away, this was a written exam which had to be answered in 30 minutes (I believe). After this finished, we were moved back into the waiting room where we were held for another 30 minutes or so. After the staff had marked our papers, we were called through into another holding room, and then called in for an interview. From what I can remember, the interview was generally pretty straight forward, just make sure you know about the competencies and information about the role (hours expected to work, what will you actually be doing, etc.) as this is generally what you'll be marked against.
After finding out I had passed the interview, we were randomly selected for substance misuse testing. I was fortunate enough to not be selected and so went straight onto the 'Day 2' phase. This was where we had to get all of our documents scanned (passport, driving licence, etc.), where we had our fingerprints taken and also where we had our medical. After this, we waited around in another holding room for approximately an hour (a great time for lunch), before being taken over to the gym, which is outside of the ESB property, for the fitness assessment. Make sure you take suitable clothing to do a multistage fitness test (bleep test) in, otherwise you'll have to go back on another day! After passing the fitness assessment, we were sent home and were then told that the recruitment team would be in touch to discuss vetting and training dates.
It took approximately 9 months from my assessment centre to attestation. This could've been done much quicker if I didn't have to turn down a couple of training dates due to other commitments.
All the best with your application and the assessment centre. Which borough would you want to be posted to after training?

Oh this is brilliant thank you so much for your information! So helpful and I extremely appreciate it. I live in North Lewisham so I was thinking Lewisham and Greenwich

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