Once your application has been screened and assessed positively, you will be invited to sit MI5’s online aptitude tests.
These will include MI5’s:
- competency questionnaire,
- verbal reasoning test
The difficulty level of the MI5 online tests will depend on the business area and position you applied to, so be sure to carefully read all the information in the aptitude test invite email.
MI5 Competency Questionnaire
This test will assess whether you posses the key competencies and behaviours required for working in the Security Services. Questions will be based on real life scenarios you are likely to experience working for MI5, and will ask you to identify the best course of action given the particular circumstances.
Tip: The only way to successfully prepare for this assessment is to do a lot of background reading about the nature of work at MI5. With each question try to think of the solutions that firstly reflect the competencies required in a given position, and secondly about what would be the most practical and logical response to such a problem.
Tip: Always read all the answers before you use your judgement to evaluate any of the options given. Otherwise you are very likely to be biased towards some of the options and will not be able to successfully compare all the possibilities.
MI5 Verbal Reasoning Test
MI5’s Verbal Reasoning Test will determine how confident you are in extracting information from a previously unseen passage of text, to identify whether the following statements are: true, false, or impossible to say based on the information contained in the passage of text.
MI5’s Verbal Reasoning Test could potentially be more challenging for non-native speakers in English, but the advice we give to everyone is to practice verbal reasoning test questions beforehand, as this allows you to understand the specific way in which the texts are built and questions asked. The format of questions is very different to anything you would experience at school.
Tip: To have a better understanding of what is required of you, always start by reading the passage first before even looking at the question. Make sure you fully understand the text and only then should you attempt answering the question.
Learn more about verbal reasoning tests
- For more hints on how to pass a verbal reasoning test, visit our Youtube channel
Remember, you will have around 45 seconds to answer questions like the following
MI5-style Verbal Reasoning Test Example
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