Let me start off by clearing up a question clients ask about the Sigma test (SSPO) ...
"Is the Sigma the same in Ontario as in Saskatchewan as in the United States?"
Yes, the Sigma is the same test no matter where you write it, or no matter at which stage in the process you write it. In some areas, the Sigma is used as a screening test before the interviews, and in other areas, the Sigma is used as a final selection tool after the interviews. But it is the same standardized test.
Another question clients ask is ...
"How is the Sigma scored?"
According to the people who created the Sigma test for Police Officers, your percentage score is calculated based on your completed questions. In addition, your normalized score is calculated to get a percentile. Once you have a percentile score, you are being compared to the test group of over 1400 individuals who took this test when it was being created originally. This gives the test statistical accuracy.
In my opinion, given how the results are reported, I would advise to NOT guess unless you are pretty sure of your answer. You want to hit both accuracy and completion, knowing that very few who write the test can complete it in time.
My successful clients report that they answered at least 64 out of 74 questions. There is no “pass mark” since this is a normalized test, but that at least gives you an idea of what to shoot for in the real experience. The practice tests on Cognitive Results use an 80% as a ‘meets standard’. If you over prepare, you will position yourself for success.
Our clients have been 100% successful so far as long as they complete the program and ensure they follow all of the suggestions given regarding vocabulary and spelling.