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Border Patrol Agent Entrance Exam

Once the USAJOBS Border Patrol Agent (BPA) application and online assessment questionnaire has been submitted for pay grade GL-7, eligible applicants will receive an invitation to take the online Candidate Experience Record and schedule the BPA Entrance Examination at a local testing center.

Note: Applicants who have specialized law enforcement experience may be eligible for the BPA GL-9 grade level. The BPA GL-9 does not have an Entrance Examination requirement. Find out what pay grade you may be eligible to start at based on your experience and/or education by using the BPA Qualifications Aid and the BPA Resume Aid. Then Apply Here!

Applicants can generally expect to receive an emailed Notice of Results with a determination of eligibility within 2-3 weeks of submitting their application or after taking the Entrance Exam, if applicable.

Scheduling and Preparing for the BPA Entrance Examination:

  1. Please be sure to check your email, spam, and junk folders daily for communication from CBP Hiring or our testing vendor, PAN/PSI at
  2. Scheduling the proctored exam as soon as possible will ensure the most options for testing. Note: You may have to extend the search radius to find a test center closest to you. It is best to use a desktop or laptop computer when scheduling, rather than a tablet or phone.
  3. Please allow approximately 4 hours to complete the BPA Proctored Entrance Exam.
  4. Proper test preparation is essential for the successful candidate; therefore, we strongly encourage you to review the Border Patrol Agent Study Guides and take the BPA Entrance Exam Pre-Test. The pre-test is a preview of the types of questions you can expect to see on the actual exam.

You will be evaluated based on your resume, supporting documents, and the BPA Entrance Examination. The entrance exam consists of two parts: 1) the online assessment and, 2) the proctored exam taken at a local testing center. The Proctored Examination contains the following assessment: Logical Reasoning. To be eligible, applicants must pass the entrance examination with a score of at least 70.

Test scores prior to March 16, 2021, are no longer valid. After you take the Entrance Exam, you will not be able to retake the exam for six months regardless of whether you pass or fail.

Questions about your BPA application?

CBP Applicant Contact Center 
Hours of Operation: M-F, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. CT

Last modified: 
September 27, 2021