Garda Recruitment Exam 2023

Aptitude Stage 1 Test Preparation –

Superior Intensive In Person Weekend Course April 2023 (2 day)

Dublin City – Saturday and Sunday the 29th and 30th of April 2023

(Due to course numbers we have now closed the previous course dates and are providing a new course on the dates above in Dublin)


Increasingly in recent years Aptitude Tests are being used as part of the selection process for many careers. One such career is the An Garda Síochána recruitment exam where the test determines whether or not applicants are cleared to the interview stage of the selection process. Performance of candidates in aptitude tests can be improved in a number of ways. These include exposure to tests (i.e. seeing tests in advance), by practice and by being taught good test technique. Throughout the course good test technique will be taught and developed.

Types of Tests Covered

  • Skills / Experience Questionnaire
  • Verbal Reasoning Tests
  • Numerical Reasoning
  • Personality Profile
  • Job Simulation Exercises

Emphasis will be placed on tests similar to those used in previous competitions for the selection of Garda Trainees and on tests, which assess skills relevant to the position of Garda Trainee along with tests used by Police Forces abroad.

If for any reason the Garda Aptitude Test changes Test Preparations will make such amendments as are necessary to our preparation courses to ensure that we continue to deliver the highest quality programme possible.

An information guide for Garda Trainee Competition can be found on the

A recent survey of previous Test Preparations course participants showed a 97% success rate at Stage 1 of the selection process, many of whom were in the top one hundred places.

Not only do we cover material very similar to what appears on the actual aptitude test but we also explain it in such a way that participants can apply what they learn to any type of questions which appear on the actual test.

Why Prepare?

As described in the recruitment advertisements, the competition for the Garda Trainee position is exactly that, a competition.

When a competition is advertised and from the thousands who apply, only 800 very fortunate people will be selected as Garda Trainees. The selection process will eliminate people at each step. Those who prepare for tests will perform better in them and in turn progress from one stage to the next.

e.g When An Garda Síochána advertised a competition in January 2016 of the 16,000 people who applied and sat the Stage 1 online Aptitude Test only less than 5,000 (those with the highest scores) were selected to progress to the second stage of the competition, the supervised aptitude test.

Candidates who prepare for and practice tests do better in them.

Next course Commences


Dublin City – Saturday and Sunday the 29th and 30th of April 2023

(Due to course numbers we have now closed the previous course dates and are providing a new course on the dates above in Dublin)


10am to 6pm both days

97% Success Rate in Previous Competitions
Two full days of expert tuition and follow up online material.

About Us

Instructors are qualified in psychometric testing, retired senior Garda officers and qualified teachers with over twenty years experience of preparing candidates for public service recruitment competitions for more see the Our Team page

Booking a Place

To secure a place on one of our courses a deposit of €100 should be paid by credit card by booking a place on 01- 902 05 66. The remainder €195 (Total cost €295) is payable on the first morning of the course. Deposits are non refundable.

Discount to, Immediate Family Members of Serving / Retired Gardaí, Garda Reservists, PDF and RDF
and Garda Reservists

Light refreshments will be available during breaks throughout the weekend.

As there are a limited number of places available on the course  these will be allocated to those book first.


Test Preparations have been holding these courses since 1996.  During this time we have had an extremely high success rate at both Stage 1 (Aptitude test) and Stage 2 (Interview, report writing and verbal evaluation) of the selection process.


All Test Preparations Instructors are qualified teachers, holding either an Honours or Masters Degree and Higher Diploma in Education. In addition to this our principal Instructor, Paul O’Reilly is qualified in test administration to British Psychometric Society Standards.

Other Stages

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Garda Síochána

  1. Garda Síochána

    • Stage 2  Aptitude Test and Report Writing Exercise Preparation Course
    • Stage 3 Competency Based Interview