Public Prosecution Test

 Public Prosecution Test


The Public Prosecution Test aims to measure mental, personal, and social dements in order to determine the extent to which certain competencies are present in applicants to Public Prosecution positions who have graduated from Sharia and Law departments. The test was created based on job market requirements. Designing the test was preceded by an occupational analysis of the skills, abilities, and personal traits required in individuals working in Public Prosecution departments.   ​​

The Public Prosecution Test measures the applicant's ability to handle the tasks of investigation and public prosecution. The aim of the test is to select the best applicants from among those nominated by the Public Prosecution for these two positions to perform the tasks that suit their personal abilities and skills. To achieve this aim, applicants sit for this test which is composed of 3 sections that include 149 items:

  • General aptitude: Quantitative and verbal
  • Academic achievement: Shari'a Sciences and Law
  • Personal traits: Personal and social skills and emotions

The test does not directly rely on information test-takers have been exposed to during their studies or information from particular books or references. Nevertheless, familiarity with the following references will help test-takers answer some questions:


​Mansour Al Bahouti

​Al-Rawdh Al-Murabba’ Sharh Zad Al-Mustagna’

​Dr. Abdul Fattah Mustafa Al Saify

​General provisions of the criminal law in Islamic Sharia and law, Cairo, Dar al- Nahdha al-Arabiyyah

Ibn Qudamah Al-Maqdisi​

​Al- Moghni

​Dr. Mahmoud Najeeb Hosni

​Explanation of the Law of Criminal Procedure, Cairo: Dar al- Nahdha al-Arabiyyah

​Ibn Qudamah Al-Maqdisi

​Rawdhat Al- Nazhir wa Jannat Al_ Manazhir

​Jalaluddin al-Suyuti

​Al-Ashbah wa Al-Nazhayer​

In addition to the publications in the table above, test-takers are also encouraged to read the Law of the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution issued by Royal Decree No. M/56 dated 24/10/1409H, the Law of Criminal Procedure issued by Royal Decree No. M/39 dated 28/7/1422H, and the Law of the Judiciary issued by Royal Decree No. M/78[DS1]  dated 19/9/1428. Furthermore, the test-taker's cultural awareness, life experience, and familiarity with the field will be helpful. It is also important for test-takers to review sample questions and how to answer them. The test does not require complex mathematical skills since it includes simple figures that need to be calculated mentally or by using simple calculations. It is also helpful for test-takers to familiarize themselves with the nature of the test and its details by accessing NCA's website (via the Public Prosecution Test page under Vocational Tests).

 [DS1]According to BOE's website, it's M/78 not M/79​

Test Schedule:

ETEC schedules the test after coordinating with the concerned entities. Applicants should check the test's page on its website frequently.

General Guidelines:

  • Check ETEC's website frequently to review information related to test times and locations
  • Arrive to the location of the test according to the day and time of registration. Upon arrival to the test location, submit the required documents to the employee responsible for your group at the registration committee to ensure that you meet the test's requirements. Then you will be allowed to enter the test room and sit in a pre-designated seat.
  •  After all the test-takers are seated, the question booklets and answer sheets will be distributed. The answer sheet is a scannable form, so handle it with care. Afterwards, the supervisor will instruct test-takers to complete the first side of the form (the personal information page). The second side is the answer sheet. Listen to the supervisor's instructions carefully regarding how to complete it. Then everyone will be allowed to open their question booklets and start the test.
  • If you have any questions or need help, raise your hand and a supervisor will come to you.
  • All the questions are multiple-choice questions (a, b, c, d), and each test-taker taking the paper-based test must fill in the circle corresponding to the letter of the correct answer for all the questions on the answer sheet using an HB-2 pencil. Pens are not allowed. Pencils will be distributed in the test room, but test-takers are advised to bring their own HB-2 pencils and erasers.
  • Calculators or other calculating devices are not allowed because the questions do not require such devices.
  •  The duration of the test is 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Test-takers should be prepared to sit for approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes because there will be about 60 minutes of preparation time before the test after entering the test room.​

The test is a vocational scale for those nominated by the Public Prosecution who have a bachelor’s degree in Shari’a or Law from a Saudi university.

Completed tests are automatically corrected. The results and test-takers' data are analyzed and revised at ETEC headquarters in Riyadh. This process takes about three weeks from the test date, and the results are issued immediately.

ETEC will provide the concerned entity with the results electronically (only the highest score is sent if a test-taker takes the test multiple times). A paper certificate of the results is not required by these entities. The results can also be sent via SMS to applicants, and applicants can view their scores by accessing their accounts on the ETEC website or calling the call center at 920033555.

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