CBP BPA Practice Test

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
CBP BPA Practice Test

CBP is the country’s largest uniformed law enforcement organization. It is the agency in charge of safeguarding the United States’ borders and, as a result, of controlling entry into the country. CBP is in charge of safeguarding the nation’s 325 ports of entry and implementing hundreds of laws aimed at ensuring the safety of citizens and commerce. The immigration laws of the United States are among the laws that CBP is responsible for enforcing. CBP can interrogate, investigate, and detain arriving immigrants at U.S. ports of entry as part of its immigration enforcement duties.

The U.S. Border Patrol (“BP”) is part of CBP. BP is in charge of monitoring the areas at and surrounding international land borders, while CBP is in charge of border enforcement at ports of entry. BP’s principal objective is to “identify and apprehend illegal aliens and alien smugglers at or near the land border.” The BP is responsible for enforcing immigration laws in areas near ports of entry, and it has jurisdiction to investigate, arrest, and detain illegal immigrants within 99 miles of land boundaries. Maintaining traffic checkpoints along roads heading from border areas, executing city patrol and transportation checks, and anti-smuggling investigations are only a few of BP’s primary enforcement duties.

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What BPA do?

Agents of the Border Patrol don’t just wear a badge; they live it. It’s who they are, and it’s ingrained in their blood. Wearing the badge entails being prepared for everything and ensuring that our country’s borders are protected at all times. Border Patrol agents are on the job 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to keep our international land borders and coastal seas between ports of entry secure. They protect the American people against terrorists and their weapons, drug smugglers, and undocumented noncitizens entering the country illegally. They reflect the essential values of US Customs and Border Protection: integrity, vigilance, and dedication to the country.

BPA Typical Assignments:

• Detecting, preventing, and apprehending undocumented noncitizens, smugglers of noncitizens, and illegal narcotics by maintaining surveillance from covert positions at or near the 6,000 miles of Mexican and Canadian international land borders and over 2,000 miles of coastal borders;

• Responding to electronic sensor alarms in remote areas;

• Interpreting and following tracks, marks, and other physical evidence of undocumented noncitizens and smugglers;

• Using cutting edge technology, such as infrared scopes during nighttime operations;

• Performing line-watch duties, traffic checkpoint operations, city patrols, transportation checks, and other law enforcement duties, as assigned; and

• Communicating and/or giving verbal commands in Spanish to Spanish-speaking undocumented noncitizens and smugglers.

BPA Benefits

CBP benefit programs are meant to protect every member of the team’s health, happiness, and peace of mind as they contribute their knowledge and skills to helping us achieve our objective.

Competitive Pay

For their time on the job, agents are compensated fairly. Agents may be eligible for locality pay, overtime pay, and other benefits in addition to base salary.

Health Insurance

CBP places a premium on employee well-being. Agents have a number of premium federal health insurance options to choose from. Programs available include:

                 Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program
                 Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP)
                 Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS)
                 Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP)

Paid Time Off

To reward and reinvest in its employees, CBP provides generous leave benefits and innovative training opportunities. Below is a summary of paid time off from the job:

                 13 to 26 days of annual leave accrued per year (variation based on years of Federal service)
                 10 Federal holidays per year
                 15 days of military reserve leave
                 13 days of sick leave accrued per year
                 Opportunities for paid training.

Life Insurance

One of the most important aspects of financial planning is ensuring that your family and loved ones are financially secure even after your death. CBP offers a variety of federal life insurance policies to assist you in reaching your financial goals. Federal Life Insurance Programs available to agents include:

                 Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI)
                 Basic Employee Death Benefit (BEDB) for FERS Employees
                 Special Agents Mutual Benefit Association (SAMBA) Employee Benevolent Fund

Career Progression

Being a CBP agent positions you for long-term career success and rapid advancement. Border Patrol Agent is a career ladder position with GL-7, GL-9, GS-11, and GS-12 grade levels. Border Patrol Agents who successfully complete one year in each grade level, with supervisor approval, are eligible for a non-competitive promotion to the next higher grade level (without reapplying).

Generous Retirement

Employees who retire from CBP can rely on the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) to help them enjoy life after they leave the agency. FERS includes the following three streams of income:

       1. Thrift Savings Plan (TSP):

       The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), which is similar to a 401(k) plan, is a defined contribution plan designed to provide federal employees with the same retirement savings benefits as 401(k) plan participants in the private sector. Contributions to the plan are deducted automatically from each paycheck in the amount selected by employees, and they are transferrable if you change jobs. Employer matching contributions of up to 5% of your basic salary are another benefit of the TSP.

       2. FERS Basic Annuity under special provisions:

       Border Patrol agents with at least 20 years of law enforcement experience in the federal government are eligible for the substantial FERS basic annuity. This lifetime pension is calculated as a percentage of your highest average basic pay received during the previous three years of service.

       3. Social Security:

       You get social security retirement income, and the benefits are transferrable if you change jobs.

Prepare for BPA Exam

1. Please keep an eye out for emails from CBP Hiring or our testing vendor, PAN/PSI, at CBPEntry Support@psionline.com, in your spam and junk folders.

2. Scheduling the proctored exam as soon as possible ensures that you have the most testing possibilities. Note that you may need to broaden your search radius to find a test facility near you. When scheduling, a desktop or laptop computer is preferable to a tablet or phone.

3. The BPA Proctored Entrance Exam should take about 4 hours to complete.

4. We strongly advise you to peruse the Border Patrol Agent Study Guides and take the BPA Entrance Exam Pre-Test to ensure that you are prepared for the BPA Entrance Exam. The pre-test gives you a taste of the types of questions you’ll see on the real exam.

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