Assessment Centre Secrets

Written Communications : Explained

I receive many calls from candidates who are looking for assistance in their preparations for a 2nd or perhaps 3rd attempt at a police assessment centre.

During the initial conversation they suggest that their weakness was with the written proposals. Candidates form this opinion because on their feedback form it advises them that they did not meet the requirement for Written Communications.

Now, Written Communications is assessed 3 times throughout your assessment centre. The Verbal Logical Reasoning test falls into this competency, along with your spelling and grammar in both of your written proposals. Written Communications is NOT what you wrote in your proposal, it is how you wrote it. E.g Capital Letters for the start of sentences and names. Full stops. Avoiding the use of acronyms and abbreviations. For example H&S would be unacceptable; you would need to write health and safety.

If for example you wrote in your proposal that the centre must liaise with the Police before events take place, this would score you a mark in Team Working. If you spelt the word liaise as ‘liase’ this would be a spelling error and count against Written Communications.

So if you have recently failed a police assessment centre for Written Communications, you need to work on your spelling and grammar, and Verbal Logical Reasoning tests.

If you need assistance with Written Communications, please do consider attending one of our police recruitment one to one courses.

By David Vidgen

This article has been written by former police recruitment manager. David was responsible for overseeing all police recruitment marketing including assessment centre practice days, recruitment website, adverts and recruitment fairs