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Ghana Prisons Service Aptitude Test Questions and Answers

The Ghana Prisons Service recruitment and aptitude test processes are handled by the Ministry of Interior, Ghana. At the Aptitude test stage, applicants will take the short exams at their designated Immigration Processing Stations, and schools across the country.

The guidelines below including the Aptitude Test Questions and Answers will assist you to pass this stage of the recruitment process. The aptitude test will be taken by any applicants who have successfully passed the body selection stage of the recruitment process.

The Ghana Prisons Service is under the Ministry of Interior with the President of the Republic of Ghana as Commander-in-chief.

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The Ghana Prisons Service recruitment requires a good score on the aptitude test to qualify you for the next stage. Preparing for the aptitude test will increase your chances of success to the next stage of the recruitment process.

Ghana Prisons Service Aptitude Test Scope & Curriculum Areas

The format of the Ghana Prisons Service aptitude test requires that you write the Prisons Service aptitude test on a computer and at your nearest Ghana Prisons Service Careers Centre. Applicants who have successfully passed the body selection stage of the recruitment will be tested in the following areas:

  1. General knowledge about the Ghana Prisons Service
  2. Numeracy knowledge & Arithmetic reasoning
  3. Literacy knowledge
  4. General Science

Below are likely questions and answers you might encounter in your aptitude test. Study how these questions are asked and how they are answered to help you at this stage.

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Ghana Prisons Service General knowledge Questions & Answers

Question: What is the organization of the Ghana Prisons Service?
Answer: The Prisons Service is composed of the Prisons Service general recruits and Prisons Service officers.

Question: When was the Ghana Prisons Service established?
Answer: It was established in 1860 by the Colonial Government’s Prisons Ordinance and was promulgated in 1876 which gave birth to the Prisons Department in the Gold Coast.

Question: What is the Ghana Prisons Service command structure?
Answer: The Ghana Prisons Service command structure extends from the minister of interior in the government to commanders in the field.

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Question: What is the rank structure of the Ghana Prisons Service?

ANSWER:

  • Officer Ranks
  • Officer Cadet
  • Assistant Supt. of Prisons
  • Deputy Supt. of Prisons
  • Superintendent of Prisons
  • Chief Superintendent of Prisons
  • Assistant Director of Prisons
  • Deputy Director of Prisons
  • Director of Prisons
  • Deputy Director-General of Prisons
  • Director-General of Prisons
  • Junior Officer Ranks
  • 2nd Class Officer
  • Lance Corporal
  • Corporal
  • Sergeant
  • Assistant Chief Office
  • Chief Office
  • Senior Cheif Office

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Question: What equipment has the Ghana Prisons Service?
ANSWER: The equipment consists of older weapons of British, Brazilian, Swiss, Swedish, Israeli, and Finnish origin. The Ghanaian Prisons Service inventory gave the following equipment: FV-601 Saladin and EE-9 Cascavel reconnaissance vehicles; MOWAG Piranha armored personnel carriers; 81mm and 120mm mortars; 84mm recoilless launchers; and 14.5mm ZPU-4 and 23mm ZU-23-2 air defense guns.

Question: When was the Ghana Prisons Service established?
ANSWER: The Prisons Service was collectively established in 1860 by the Colonial Government.

Question: Who is the current Director-General of the Ghana Prisons Service?
ANSWER: Isaac Kofi Eyir, acts as Director-General of the Prisons Service

Question: What are the objectives of the Ghana Prisons Service?
ANSWER: To protect the public by:
Holding prisoners securely,
Reducing the risk of prisoners re-offending,
Providing safe and well-ordered establishments in which we treat prisoners humanely, decently, and lawfully.

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Question: What is the Motto Of Ghana Prisons Service?
ANSWER: The Prisons Service motto is “ safe custody, humane treatment, reformation, rehabilitation and reintegration of inmates”.

Question: When did Ghana gain independence?
ANSWER: 6 March 1957.

Question: Who designed the Ghana National flag and in which year?
ANSWER: The Ghana flag was designed by Miss Theodosia Okoh. It was adopted in 1957 and was flown until 1962, and then reinstated in 1966. 

Numeracy knowledge & Arithmetic reasoning

Q1. Find the missing number in the following series: 234567 23456 ___?__ 234 23

A: 6
B: 2356
C: 2347
D: 2345
E: None of these

Q2. One container has 28 kilograms of flour and another has 4 kilograms. How many kilograms must be taken from one container, so each has an equal amount of flour?

A: 4
B: 12
C: 16
D: 24
E: None of these

Q3. Six pairs of shoe cost as much as 1 coat, 2 pairs of jeans cost as much as 3 pairs of shoes, and 4 pairs of socks cost as much as one pair of jeans. How many coats could I exchange for 64 pairs of socks?

A: 4
B: 1
C: 2
D: 3
E: None of these

Q4. The clock in my lounge room is 10 minutes slower than the clock on my phone, which is 6 minutes slow. My tram always leaves 6 minutes early, although it is scheduled for 8:55 am. It takes me 20 minutes to get to the tram stop. What time must I leave, according to my lounge room clock, in order to catch my tram?

A: 8:49 am
B: 8:35 am
C: 8:23 am
D: 8:29 am
E: None of these

Q5. A container of soft drinks was shared between four work teams of employees. The first team took 1/3 of the soft drink, the second team took ½ of what was left, and the remaining two teams shared the remaining soft drink equally between them. If there were originally 240 litres of soft drinks, how many litres of soft drinks did the third team get?

A: 20
B: 40
C: 80
D: 160
E: None of these

Q6. Working mothers who earn $30,000 or less per year receive a rebate on before and after school care of 75%, plus a school bonus of $6,000 that only applies to this category of earnings. Each dollar earned above this amount and up to $40,000 reduces the rebate to 55%, and for any amount above this, the rebate drops to 30%. There are three mothers – Jade earns $40,001, Emily earns $38,000 and Lucy earns $29,550. If the cost of before and after school care is $10,000 per year, what amount of money does the person have who has the least amount of money left after paying for before and after school care?

A: $33,000
B: $30,000
C: $40,001
D: $40,000
E: None of these

Q7. Find the missing number in the following series: 4 8__32 64 128

A: 24
B: 19
C: 16
D: 8
E: None of these

Q8. Find the missing number in the following series: __ 85 81 83 79 81 77

A: 89
B: 83
C: 87
D: 80
E: None of these

Q9. Percy rides his scooter to the station, which is 10 kilometers away. If Percy rides at a steady pace of 20 kilometers per hour, how many minutes will it take him to ride from home to the station?

A: 2
B: 4
C: 40
D: 30
E: None of these

Q10. If Bert had 3 cents more he would have twice as much as Georgia. If he had 4 cents less, he would have the same amount. How many cents does Bert have?

A: 4
B: 7
C: 11
D: 14
E: None of these

Q11. There are 72 apples on my tree at home; 38 are red, and the rest are green. I know 46 of the apples have worms in them, so I can’t use them for cooking. What is the maximum number of green apples I could have left to cook with?

A: 0
B: 8
C: 12
D: 26
E: None of these

Q12. Rebecca must give 5 out of every 6 dollars she earns each week to the tax department. If Rebecca gets to keep $10 this week, how much did she earn in total this week?

A: $30
B: $56
C: $50
D: $60
E: None of these

Q13. Find the missing number in the following series: 64 16 32 8?
A: 2
B: 8
C: 16
D: 32
E: None of these

Q14. If a piece of blueberry pie costs $4 and a piece of apple pie costs 50% more than a piece of blueberry pie, how much does a piece of apple pie cost?

A: $3
B: $2
C: $5
D: $6
E. None of the above.

Q15. Oliver has a box of toy cars, but he is not sure how many he has. If he arranges the cars in groups of four, he has three leftovers. If he arranges them in groups of 3, he has two leftovers and there are three leftovers when he puts them in groups of five. Oliver definitely doesn’t have any more than 30 cars, so how many does he have?

A. 27
B. 28
C: 21
D: 22
E: None of these.

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