Exam Rules

Extracted from the official Standard Operating Procedure

Please note that this SOP is specific for the Assessment for Mission Service (AMS) of Police Officers (and also correlated law enforcement agencies*), to work as peacekeepers in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations.

Here, I will briefly explain how the exam works, in practice, once the official document is very formal. Also, please notice that lots of persons refer to this test as UNSAT or SAT or SAAT, because of the old name. Please bear in mind that the current name is: AMS - Assessment for Mission Service.. SAAT stands for Selection Assistance and Assessment Team, which is the group of veteran UN Police Advisors that will select the new rotations (you, fortunatelly).

First of all, you should be selected by your country (in the above official document, your country is always referred as Member State) to participate on the AMS/SAAT examination. Each country have different rules and processes to identify these candidates. The UN Police Division (PD), in New York, recommends that the member states make a pre-screening of suitable candidates. Said that, you should understand that it is up to the member state to decide whether to send you to exam or not. United Nations respects the sovereignty of each country.

The date of the tests should be agreed between United Nations and the Member State, at least one month (approximately) before the SAAT comes to your country. This is not a unilateral decision by UN. So if you want to know the date for the next SAAT in your country, it is much worthy to contact your Police Department than the Police Division or any SAAT instructor.

Ok. Let's imagine you were selected by your country to participate on the tests. You will be informed of the date and you should be prepared to do all the tests, usually in different days:

* Combined Language Assessment (English or French);
* Driving Test;
* Weapons Handling and shooting test;

In the language test, you will be assessed in all competencies: Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking. You will be required to achieve an intermediate level (at least B1, in CERFL).
The driving test consists of two parts: Maneuvers test and road test;
The weapons handling also consists of two parts: weapon's disassemble/reassemble, and shooting.

This sequence is not mandatory, the instructors can decide to do the driving test before the language test, for example, for logistics and practical purposes.

Some notes:
The language test eliminates.. If you fail, you are out.
The driving test eliminates.. If you fail, you are out.
The shooting test does not eliminate. If you fail, you still can be assigned to unarmed missions.
The computer test does not eliminate. But approved candidates will be given preference for deployment to mission.

You can check the details of each of these tests at their respective areas, in the main menu.

One point in which candidates get often confused: once you pass the test, it does not mean that you will be deployed to a peacekeeping operation. Your name will be submitted to New York (Police Division/DPKO) and your nomination will depend on: 1) The approval of your country, 2) The selection of your profile by the mission you will be deployed to.

For this selection, they will look at your EASP (you can click here to check it out), and see if your skills match the mission skillsets. If they need a weapons specialist in mission area, they will not choose an high-rank administrator. So, once approved, do a good complete EASP.

Deployments for mission are usually for 1 year. Once again, it depends on your country policies and this is not a strict rule. Police Officers that are assigned in UNPOL are called as "experts on mission" and the relation with UN is known as secondment non-contracted.

This is a very brief summary. Please navigate through all links of our website. If you have more doubts, don't be ashamed and contact our forum.

We wish you good luck, whichever your objective is!