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  1. Fitness test prep

    Hi LolaWin You've certainly had a good response here ref your question and hopefully you're not confused and have a clear direction. It should come as no surprise that as a newbie you've received a helpful level of response... we are after all either serving officers or aspiring officers. Yes there are many ways to skin a cat and I'm sure some naturally fit, very lucky people will ace the bleep test without even training in running. Personally I say get fit and do run. If the fitness test was swimming I'd train in swimming, if it was a rowing test I'd train in rowing. Back to what I mentioned about mentality - for me it's not just about passing a recruitment test - for me it's being a fit as I can be to ensure I'm fit for the job thereafter. Your own safety and that of others could one day come down to your fitness level in a dangerous situation. Ace it LolaWin. Over and out roger the scout.
  2. Fitness test prep

    Hi all I agree the bleep test is not for getting fit, but testing your fitness. I would still advocate that you should do a bleep test 'dry run' to get familiar with the technique, timing and rhythm and ensure you meet the level comfortably. I'm not sure how you do it in England, but in Scotland the fitness level is a minimum - here we're expected to go keep going until we can go no more - our highest level is then recorded. We're expected to go beyond this level the next time. LolaWin for your reference: Level 1 - 7 shuttles Level 2 - 8 shuttles Level 3 - 8 shuttles Level 4 - 8 shuttles Level 5 - 9 shuttles Level 6 - 9 shuttles Levels 7, 8 and 9 - 10 shuttles at each level A couple of guys (young) on my test day reached level 13+!
  3. Fitness test prep

    Hi LolaWin if your gym is not helpful try a sports centre and ask if you can run 5-10mins on a badminton court. 5.4 will take less than 5 mins to do. Or find an empty car park on a Sunday, in a nice area, and mark out 15m. Any flat, tarmac public space - car park, playpark should be ok. That's what I did.
  4. Fitness test prep

    Hi LolaWIn I'm 47 (and it does get harder with age) and started from zero running to passing my test which required a level of 8.2 for someone my age. That's with Police Scotland. Have your force not provided you with a training programme? If not then I suggest this one from Police Scotland which is a 6 week programme - it will fit in with your timescale. I used it and it really is good and builds up steadily from zero. It also explains the science of getting fit and training diet. http://www.scotland.police.uk/assets/pdf/327931/327936/327948/police-scotland-national-fitness-standard-guidance?view=Standard If you're based in England then IGNORE the section about the levels you have to reach because in Scotland it's higher. In England it's 5.4 for everyone, regardless of age and gender. I approached my training with two strategies - 1. Push your fitness to beyond the required pass level. 2. Start practicing the actual bleep test now so it comes as no surprise on the day - get familiar with it and don't fear it. you can download the actual police bleep test audio here in mp3 format - scroll down the page. I downloaded it and put it onto my phone and played it through the music player http://www.scotland.police.uk/recruitment/police-officers/selection-process/ Besides fitness, another tactic I used was to count how much time you have for each level. At level 1 - I estimated that you have 7.5 seconds to reach from one end to the other. Level 2 - around 7 seconds, at Level 3 around 6.5 secs, etc, etc. By level 9 you have about 4.5 to 5 seconds to get from one end to the other and turn. When I was training and on the actual test day I counted the seconds inside my head at each level and for each shuttle run. This helped me keep my pace and timing so I hit the line before or on the beep. Hope this makes sense. Listen to the bleep test audio, get a stop watch and time the duration between the bleeps. It sounds a bit daft but it worked for me. If you're in England the level is 5.4 and on the scale this is just a tad faster than jogging. By around level 7/8 you're sprinting. If you're in England consider yourself lucky, in Scotland you have to hit 9.2 to pass (for a young male). That's not being racist - I'm from England and live in Scotland. I'm envious. Also adopt the correct mentality - you're training for the Police, not a fun run, pleasure or sport (so I keep telling my wife who runs for sport). Attack it. You'll do it easy. All the best.
  5. Hi all. I've got an invite to my medical and uniform fitting in December. Silly question but is it not premature to be fitted for a uniform until you know if you've passed vetting and medical? I thought the uniform would be the very last thing before training commencement. Sounds odd to give out uniforms so far in advance. Training doesn't start until February.
  6. Good luck to anyone SET and fitness testing tomorrow in Aberdeen (and anywhere else for that matter). See you there!
  7. Specials

    Hi CCR15 I submitted on time before 1st July deadline for September intake, but my SET and fitness is 29th August, which I suspect means I'm going to be into next year's training slot (if successful). September training starts 3rd September, which even though I submitted in time for September intake there's no way the selection process will be completed by then. Hello Mr Edinburgh - hope all is well.
  8. Entrance Exam (Police Scotland)

    Hi James Have you downloaded these example papers off the website? At the bottom of this page. http://www.scotland.police.uk/recruitment/police-officers/selection-process/
  9. March 2016 Intake

    Hi Mr Edinburgh My relatives are happy to use a channeler so at the moment I'm holding off until I definitely know if I'm going to get that far. The NYPD ones came back pretty quick so if they were ok I'm banking on the FBI ones being ok too when they're needed. Application going in this weekend so the roller coaster process begins. I'm gutted for you that you've felt compelled to withdraw your application. I'm stressed just agonising if I'm going to make the grade - there's only one way to find out!
  10. Bummer. Is it because you don't want to endure it again or have you had enough of the hassles you've had?
  11. Hi all Thanks for your personal stories, techniques, encouragement and advice. I have now reached my required level and confident to submit my application and get the ball rolling. Naturally I will keep up the training to go beyond my level. Even if I don't make it through application (which would be very disappointing) at least the process of applying has gotten me much fitter. Fingers crossed.
  12. March 2016 Intake

    Hi Mr Edinburgh. I dread to ask, but where now? You've waited so long. Another hurdle.
  13. SepuraSW1 Many thanks for the advice. Will add this into my routine. Ironically I will be practicing my bleep test in a quiet public car park which is next to a police station. The only flat bit of concrete near where I live.
  14. I'm still preparing my application and plan to submit soon. We were advised not to submit until we were ready fitness wise because it would be a waste of everybody's time, as you could be called up for fitness test the following week or so if the system moved really quickly (assuming of course that you pass the paper sift). I'm Aberdeen based.
  15. Hi Janny How on earth did you manage to get the 1.5 mile when others there were doing the bleep test? I thought the preferred test was now the bleep test. Where do they do draw the line as to who gets which method! Thanks for the reply.