Literacy Skills Test Tips – QLD Police Practice Tests

How to Pass the Literacy Skills Exam

Quick Tips

Read the questions first
Due to the amount of content provided for the Literacy Skills exam, you want to read the question first, before going through the content to find the answer you are looking for.

Read one question at a time before answering
Instead of reading all the questions at once, read one first, answer that question and then move onto the next question.

Scan the content
It’s not necessary to have a thorough understanding of the content provided in the exam. Therefore I recommend scanning the copy until you find the key words you are looking for from each question.

Don’t leave questions un-answered
Because this exam is multiple choice, you want to make sure you answer all questions. If you are un-sure of an answer, make a note of which number it is, and then come back to it if you have time.

Let’s Take a Look at an Example

Above is a large body of copy that the following questions are based on.

At first glance, the amount of copy can seem overwhelming, but remember, most of the copy above is not relevant to the questions asked.

Also, remember to read one question at a time before answering.

Question 1:

Which of the statements below is apart of Pro Life Australia’s mission?

A. Ensure that the public is educated about the issue of what constitutes human life
B. Make sure that pregnant woman have a safe experience giving birth
C. Lobby politicians to change the laws around giving birth
D. Ensure that laws are re-instated to safeguard the rights for all human life

How to Answer:
Looking at the copy on the image above, we see there is the heading; ‘Our Vision’. A vision has a similar meaning to ‘mission’ so this is the best place to start to find the answer.

Under ‘Our Vision’, it states:

“to restore legal protection for innocent human life and to ensure that all women faced with pregnancy have access to practical and emotional support networks.”

Now we compare this sentence to the possible answers provided.

Answer ‘A’ can be ruled out because ‘education’ is not mentioned at all.

Answer ‘B’ can be ruled out because ‘a safe experience giving birth’ is different to ‘practice and emotional support networks’ from the vision copy.

Answer ‘C’ can be ruled out because although ‘lobbying to change the laws’ is close to ‘restoring legal protections’, once we read Answer ‘D’, we see this is a better fit to the copy under ‘Our Vision’.

Answer ‘D’ is the answer

Question 2:

Which of the following points is Pro Life Australia using to help achieve their mission?
Tick Yes or No for each point

1) Create a great team of people who can campaign their mission to the media
2) Ensure that large protests occur throughout major cities in Australia
3) Influence politicians to change the laws to protect all human life
4) Develop close friendships with senior politicians in order to use their influence to achieve our mission

How to answer:
The question is asking, what are Pro Life Australia doing to achieve their mission. ‘Doing’ is the key word here.

Looking at the content from the image above.

This section about Pro Life Australia’s Role is what we are looking for. This copy describes what Pro Life are doing to achieve their mission.

Looking at each question individually:

1) Create a great team of people who can campaign their mission to the media

This is very similar to ‘network of expert spokesmen and women and advocate in the media against abortion and euthanasia’
Answer: Yes

2) Ensure that large protests occur throughout major cities in Australia

Having large protests is different to the sentence; ‘Seek to build up and mobilise mass political support.
Answer: No

3) Influence politicians to change the laws to protect all human life

Influence politicians is the same as ‘Lobbying’.
Answer: Yes

4) Develop close friendships with senior politicians in order to use their influence to achieve our mission

No where does it say anything about ‘developing close connections’.
Answer: No

Note: Some of these questions require you to have some understanding of what specific words mean. For example, if you don’t know what the word ‘Lobbying’ means, you may get stuck on that question. Unfortunately, if that is the case, a best educated guess is required.

Question 3:

Which sentence best describes Michelle Armstrong’s opinion?

1) The only way to get the laws change is to have protests at all major cities
2) Change will come with strong and continuous protests outside of parliament house
3) The supporters of protecting all human life need to ramp up their protests
4) The fight against the current wicked laws must be taken to the streets

Scanning the copy from the image above, we are looking for a comment by Michelle as shown below:

Let’s take a look at each of the possible answers:

1) The only way to get the laws change is to have protests at all major cities

No where in Michelle’s post does she say anything about protesting at all the major cities, so we can rule this answer out.

2) Change will come with strong and continuous protests outside of parliament house

In Michelle’s post, we see her referencing protesting outside of parliament in two occasions. This looks like the answer.

After a quick scan of possible answers 3) and 4), they both do relate to the MIchelle’s post, but they are not the strongest of answers. Remember the question asks for which sentence, ‘best’ describes Michelle’s opinion.

Answer is 2

Wanting More Literacy Practice Questions?​

Check out the 3 full-size Literacy Skills practice tests that can be completed online or printed off.

Each test contains the same type of questions found in the entrance exam with full explanations for each question provided. If you are worried about this section, the best way to improve is to practice. Start today.

Good luck with the prep!

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