FBI Intelligence Analyst Phase 1 Practice [2024]
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The FBI Intelligence Analyst Phase 1 Test

The FBI IA Phase 1 test is a computer-based exam that takes around 110 minutes to complete.

It consists of four different tests measuring reasoning and thinking skills that are required from Intelligence Analysts. Additionally, the Phase 1 assessment includes a Working Style and Preferences Inventory, which measures how you respond to various realistic situations and assesses your behavioral preferences.

Here's an overview of the four tests:

Test Name No. of Questions
Working Style and Preferences Part I 74
Problem Solving Part I 24
Problem Solving Part II 12
Working Style and Preferences Part II 26


Let's go over them one by one:

  • Working Style and Preferences Part I: To best perform as an Intelligence Analyst, it's essential to have the right personal characteristics and tendencies. The questions in this test will vary from school experiences to arguments you may have had with colleagues. While there is no right or wrong answer, think carefully which answer most accurately fits your description.

Let's look at some questions you may be asked for this section:

Working Style and Preferences Part I Sample Questions

I am productive and successful in work projects

| Agree | Slightly Agree | Neutral | Slightly Disagree | Disagree | 

I make meticulous preparations when I go on a tour

| Agree | Slightly Agree | Neutral | Slightly Disagree | Disagree | 

I can be mocking and blunt when necessary

| Agree | Slightly Agree | Neutral | Slightly Disagree | Disagree | 

I sometimes feel inadequate in comparison to everybody else

| Agree | Slightly Agree | Neutral | Slightly Disagree | Disagree | 

The big question with personality assessments is always this: What's the right answer? Based on your choices on questions like these, your different personality traits are scored and then matched with the ideal FBI Intelligence Analyst profile, and if the data doesn't come close enough- you may be disqualified from the hiring process.

The FBI Intelligence Analyst PrepPack includes full preparation materials for this section with a personality assessment guide, full test, and single trait practice to help you focus on specific aspects.

  • Problem-Solving Part I: On this test, you'll face memory-based or pattern-based questions.

    Here's a sample question (taken from the complete FBI IA practice pack) that highly resembles questions you'll face on this part:

Problem-Solving Part I Sample Question

FBI Intelligence Analyst Phase 1 Test Sample Question
Answer & Explanation

The correct answer is the third shape.

The black shapes serve as codes to the change in either the outer or the inner shapes. The right black shape stands for a shape from the previous frame that has been replaced in the current frame and the left black shape represents the new shape replacing it.

The black hexagon in the right corner of the sixth frame tells us that there is a hexagon in the missing frame, either as the inner or outer shape. The black ellipse in the left corner of the sixth frame tells us that the shape replacing the hexagon is in fact an ellipse.

Therefore, you can conclude that the outer ellipse of the frame six replaced an outer hexagon. Moreover, the shape that did not change from frame five to frame six is the inner diamond. Thus, in frame five there is an outer shape of an hexagon and an inner shape of a diamond, as in answer 3.

A quicker way to solve the question is using an elimination process:

From the pattern you can conclude that from every frame to the next, one shape stays the same while another changes. Therefore, in frame five there should be an inner triangle or an outer hexagon, as in frame four: eliminating answers 1, 2, and 5. Moreover, in frame five there should be an inner diamond or an outer ellipse, as in frame six: eliminating answer 4, and leaving you with answer 3 as the correct answer.

The FBI Intelligence Analyst Phase I PrepPack includes accurate practice materials for the problem solving section- both parts I and II. Each question includes a detailed solution to help you learn the best methods of answering!

  • Working Style and Preferences Part II: Here, you'll be presented with 3 statements at once and will need to rank which statement is most and least like you.

While similar to the part I, it works a bit differently due to the triple-question, Most/Least format.

Working Style and Preferences Part II Sample Questions:

I am quick to anger when the issue at hand is important to me.

Most | Least

I am not afraid to take risks to get the job done, if necessary.

Most | Least

I have a hard time cooperating with other team members if I disagree with them.

Most | Least

  • Problem-Solving Part II: Get ready to take your Sherlock Holmes reasoning skills to the next level. On this test, you'll need to analyze various scenarios and use your problem-solving skills to draw logical conclusions.

    Want to give it a try? Go ahead and answer this question, which uses the same reasoning concepts you'll encounter on the real test:

    Problem-Solving Part II Sample Question

    The body of a man who lived on the western coast of Greenland some 4,000 years ago has recently been discovered. Using the DNA in his hair as a basis, researchers determined that the Greenlander belonged to a Paleo-Eskimo culture called the Saqqaq, and that the Saqqaq man's closest living relatives were the Chukchis, people who live at the easternmost tip of Siberia.

    Which one of the following best expresses the main conclusion of the argument above?

    A. Culturally, the Chukchis were Eskimos.
    B. DNA is best preserved in hair, where it is sealed in by keratin.
    C. There was a migration across the continent from Siberia to Greenland more than 4,000 years ago
    D. 4,000 years ago, the eastern coast of Greenland was probably unpopulated.
    E. The Eskimos did not then have the custom of setting the dead out to sea.
    Correct Answer
    Incorrect Answer

    The correct answer is (C).

    This question belongs to the "Summarizing the Main Conclusion" prototype of critical thinking questions.

    The key to getting the answer right in this type of question is reading between the lines and not looking for an explicit, superficial, and sometimes irrelevant, summary of the passage.

    The argument's main conclusion is, in most cases, not an extract of the passage or a possible generalization of it. It is rather an implicitly written inference that stems for the data presented.

    You must reject all conclusions that are either false (clearly contradicted by information in the passage), superficial, or irrelevant. Irrelevant means that the information in the answer choice could be correct but it is not a conclusion one could logically draw from the information given.

    The passage provides a brief story. Read it quickly and mentally map the vital information: a 4,000 year-old body was found in Greenland. The body belonged to the Saqqaq people (later Eskimos). The Saqqaqs descended from the Chukchis of Siberia.
    Think: in order for the last sentence to be true, that the Saqqaqs of Greenland are most closely related to the Chukchis of Siberia, what must be true? That there was a migration at least 4,000 years ago from Siberia to Greenland.

    Answer choices A, B, D, and E are irrelevant. The passage is not about the cultural relation between the Chukchis and the Eskimos (A); it is not about where DNA is best preserved in the body (B); or when Greenland became populated (D); or Eskimo customs (E).

    Answer choice C, on the other hand, can be correctly concluded: There was a migration across the continent from Siberia to Greenland more than 4,000 years ago. If the Greenlander belonged to the Saqqaqs, and the Saqqaqs' closest relatives live in Siberia, then it follows that there was a migration at least 4,000 years ago from Siberia to Greenland.

    Therefore, the correct answer is C.

    Learning how to distinguish between the elements mentioned above is of the prime purposes of this practice pack. Training will definitely help you eliminate classic distractor-traps that were efficiently constructed by the test writer.


The FBI Intelligence Analyst Selection Process (IASP)

The FBI IASP is a lengthy and challenging process designed to shortlist the most skilled candidates for various Intelligence Analyst positions.

Here's a breakdown of the nine stages:

  1. Application
  2. Preliminary Screening
  3. Phase 1 Test: Computerized assessments focused on problem-solving, work styles, and personal preferences and experiences.
  4. Phase 2 Test - Writing Assessment: Written simulations to assesses your ability to review intelligence and prepare reports by presenting you with materials similar to what you'll see on the daily job. read more about our phase 2 preparation.
  5. Phase 3 - Structured Interview: This last phase of the test will be a paneled interview that assesses your soft skills, including organizing and planning, oral communication, interpersonal skills, along with analytical thinking. Note that the interviews will be recorded and the panels will be comprised of three senior-level Intelligence Analysts.
  6. Conditional Offer
  7. Background Investigation
  8. ONE Seminar
  9. Basic Field Training Course (BFRC)

We currently offer thorough prep only for the FBI Intelligence Analyst Phase I Test.

So, let's dive into it and learn everything about this crucial screening step (including realistic sample questions).

How to Prepare for the FBI IA Phase 1 Test?

The question types you're going to face on the actual test are unique, and you likely haven't encountered them on standard high school, college, or university exams.

But no test is unbeatable.

The key to success is to practice using the same question types as on the real test and to learn how to solve them quickly and accurately.

With this in mind, our test experts have created a proven FBI Intelligence Analyst Phase 1 Test Prep. It includes accurate practice tests, preparation guides, tips, and hacks.

These will ensure you sharpen your logical and reasoning skills, so no problem-solving question will catch you off guard. Moreover, you'll learn how to answer every personality and behavior question, what to avoid, and how to emphasize characteristics favored by the FBI.


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FBI Intelligence Analyst Requirements

Besides passing the different FBI IASP tests and assessments, there are minimum qualifications and requirements you have to meet to get hired as an Intelligence Analyst.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Be a U.S citizen
  • Be able to pass the FBI Background Investigation
  • Obtain a Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) Clearance
  • Pass random drug tests

Education Requirements:

FBI Intelligence Analysts are recruited at all stages of their professional careers, from recent college graduates to seasoned law enforcement professionals. In some cases, candidates with an undergraduate degree may be considered for the role as well. However, they must demonstrate some exceptional academic achievements.

Physical Requirements:

FBI IA don't have a physical requirement.

Age Requirements:

Unlike Special Agents, FBI Intelligence Analysts don't have an age limit.


About FBI Phase 2

While the FBI Phase 1 Test evaluates your cognitive abilities, professional judgment, and personality, the FBI Phase 2 Test assesses your practical application skills. The FBI Phase 2 Test consists of a writing assessment and a structured interview. 

The test consists of a 150-minute writing assessment and a 1-hour interview. you can add the phase 2 test prep when you buy FBI Phase 1 using the tick mark on the box to the right.

To learn more about the FBI Phase 2 Test, please visit our FBI Phase 2 dedicated page.


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