Apply by Internet – You must register for the written test for the Border Patrol Agent position during the open period. You must register for the written test online. The website address is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week during the open period. Based on your responses to the questions, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will determine if you meet the basic qualifications for the BPA position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be scheduled for the written test.
Schedule the Written Test – Scheduling of the written test is done during the on-line registration process. As soon as you have registered and have been scheduled for the written test, you will be able to print your test admission notice which will contain the date, location, and time for the written test. You will be given a UserID and password after you have successfully registered for the written test. If you need to reprint your test admission notice, print a study guide, or reschedule yourself into another test session you will need to go to ( USA Test Manager ) , log in using your UserID and password, click on “Border Patrol Agent” (listed below “Application”) and select the appropriate choice (Contact Information or Study Guide or Reschedule My Exam), to obtain this information and print it. If you forget your UserID/password, you will need to go to ( USA Test Manager ) and click on “forgot UserID and password”.
We believe that proper test preparation is essential for the successful candidate and suggest that you take time to carefully read the study guide. If you want to get started, you may download the guide from our website.
Prepare for the Written Test
We suggest that you review the study guides before taking the test.
Preparation Manual for the U.S. Border Patrol Test – This manual will familiarize you with the U.S. Border Patrol Logical Reasoning Test, the Spanish Language Proficiency Test, and the Artificial Language Test (ALT), and will give you a chance to study sample questions and explanations for the correct answers to each question.
Sample Test for the Entry-Level U.S. Border Patrol Logical Reasoning Test – This diagnostic assessment will help you prepare for the Logical Reasoning Test (LRT) by identifying your strengths and weaknesses on several of the components of the LRT.
The test itself takes about 4 1/2 hours and contains 3 sections: Logical reasoning skills; Spanish language or, if you don’t speak Spanish, an Artificial Language Test that predicts your ability to learn Spanish; and an assessment of job-related experiences and achievements. After you have taken the Border Patrol Agent test, you should receive a Notice of Results (NOR) in the mail within 4-6 weeks following the test. These are your test score results.
Selection Process – If you pass the written test, your name will be placed on an inventory. The inventory is maintained in score order including veteran’s preference points. Referral for a position is dependent on the scores of the applicants that are available in the inventory when a list is issued. If you are selected, you will be emailed a tentative selection package. That package will explain the further requirements for forms submission, the oral interview with a panel of Border Patrol Agents, medical examination, fitness test, drug test, background investigation, and the second physical fitness test, which all need to be satisfactorily completed before a firm offer of employment can be made.
Structured Oral Interview – The Oral Board is a structured interview given by three Border Patrol Agents. The interview consists of situational questions that do not require technical knowledge. The structured interview assesses a candidate’s judgment/decision making, emotional maturity, interpersonal skills, and cooperativeness/sensitivity to the needs of others. These qualities are key to successful performance as a Border Patrol Agent. The oral board is a pass/fail interview. Candidates must receive a “pass” in all areas in order to continue in the hiring process.
Pre-Employment Process – In addition to completing step 4, you must also undergo and successfully complete a drug test, medical examination, fitness test, background investigation, and a second physical fitness test. These will be scheduled as soon as possible.
If you successfully complete these steps your name will be placed on a list for a future position. As vacancies become available and your name is reachable (dependant on original selection date order and score order, including veterans’ preference) you will receive a firm offer of employment.