If you have submitted an application and online assessment for the GL-5 or GL-7 Border Patrol Agent (BPA) position and are found to be qualified by the CBP Hiring Center, you will receive an invitation to take the BPA Entrance Exam.
Note: If you have specialized law enforcement experience, then you may be eligible for the BPA GL-9. The BPA GL-9 does not have an entrance examination requirement. Find out what grade level you qualify for based on your experience and education.
You can expect to receive an email with a determination of eligibility within 2-3 weeks of submitting your application or after taking the entrance exam, if applicable.
Scheduling and Preparing for the BPA Entrance Examination
- Check your email, spam, and junk folders daily for communication from the CBP Hiring or our testing vendor, PAN/PSI at email@example.com.
- Schedule the exam as soon as possible. If you are planning to take the Logical Reasoning Test at a testing center, then be sure to schedule as soon as possible to ensure the most options for testing. Note: You may have to extend the search radius to find a test center closest to you.
- Allow approximately 4 hours to complete the BPA Entrance Exam. If you are taking the Logical Reasoning Test online, it is best to use a desktop or laptop computer.
- Prepare for the Entrance Exam to ensure that you have a successful test-taking session. To best prepare, watch the Hiring Process Deep Dive: Entrance Exam video, review the Border Patrol Agent Study Guides and take the BPA Entrance Exam Pretest. The pretest is a preview of the types of questions you can expect to see on the actual exam.
You are evaluated based on your resume, supporting documentation and the Border Patrol Entrance Exam, if applicable. The Entrance Exam is comprised of two parts – the Experience Record, which is available online, and the Logical Reasoning test. After you complete the Experience Record online, you will be given the option to either take the Logical Reasoning test online or schedule at a local testing center. You can change your mind, but the testing deadline will not change.
You must pass the Entrance Exam with a score of 70 to be eligible. You will not be able to retake the exam for six months.
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