Do you have what it takes to be an FBI Intelligence Analyst? [Parody]

“Even though most of their work is behind the scenes, FBI intelligence analysts serve our country on the frontlines. If you want to protect the public and uphold the Constitution, join us as an intelligence analyst.”

FBI Tweet (April 9 2020)

February 27 2022 — Thank God, it is [Parody] Sunday! After reading sample questions from the FBI Intelligence Analyst Selection Process, I thought I should write my own test and submit it to Intel Today readers. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY


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“I never lose. I either win or learn.”

Nelson Mandela

Do you have what it takes to be an FBI Intelligence Analyst?

On April 13 2020, the FBI tweeted the following message:

“If you pass our test, you might have what it takes to become an FBI intelligence analyst.

Check out this sample prompt from the first phase of IA testing. Read our informational guide for the answers , and apply through May 1 [2020].”

Information about this Test

This test measures (1) Reading, (2) Math, and (3) Logical Thinking skills using materials similar to those encountered in the Intelligence Analyst job.

It consists of three passages. Each presents a set of facts. All of the facts in the passages should be accepted as true and accurate for the purposes of this test.

The test taker must read each passage carefully and then decide whether each statement immediately following each passage is:

TRUE  — The statement follows necessarily from the facts given in the passage.

FALSE — The statement is incompatible with the facts given in the passage.

In this test, it is essential that you use ONLY the information provided in each passage when judging the statements.

[Intel Today — In this post, I provided you with a couple of hints that derogate from this rule. Feel free to use them, at your own risk!]

Do not base your answer on your own knowledge of the subject or make any assumptions beyond the facts presented in the passage.

No prior knowledge of the subjects described in the passages is required to make accurate judgments about the statements.

QUESTION I — An electronic timer recovered in Togo

On 23rd September 1986, an electronic timer (MST-13) was discovered among the weapons and material seized from rebels after an attempted coup in Togo.

Special photography techniques were utilized by FBI scientists to reveal a logo within the figure of an oval on the main printed board with the goal to identify the manufacturer.  (See pictures below.)

The picture on the left shows the front-side photograph while the picture on the right shows the back-side photograph of the main board.

Conclusion I — The inscription inside the oval reads : 21B


QUESTION II — How many MST-13?

The FBI learned that MEBO — a Swiss company — had produced 2 types of MST-13 timers. Type I had 2 digits while Type II had 4 digits. (See pictures below.)

A MEBO engineer remembered that he had built FIVE Type II timers (4 digits) but he was not sure about the number of Type I timers (2 Digits) he had manufactured.

The construction of one Type I timer requires THREE 4518BT chips while the construction of one Type II timer requires FOUR 4518BT chips .

According to the company records, SIXTY 4518BT chips were ordered to built all these timers.

Conclusion II — With SIXTY 4518BT chips, MEBO built FIFTEEN (15) Type I MST-13 timers and FIVE (5) Type II MST-13 timers.


HINT #1 — While conducting an investigation — or a test — you may come across an additional piece of information. In such case, you should always rethink your previous conclusions. Did you notice the FBI logo? Take a good look at the B in FBI. Does it help you answering QUESTION I?

QUESTION III — The Origin of PT/35(b)

PT/35(b) —  a small fragment of a circuit timer — was the key piece of evidence of the Lockerbie Case.

As Richard Marquise (FBI Agent who led the US side of the investigation) famously said: 

“Without PT/35(b), there would have been no indictment.”

The Lockerbie investigators concluded early in the investigation that this fragment was part of the mechanism that triggered a bomb aboard Pan Am 103.

To the eyes, the match between PT/35(b) and the relevant part of the main board of the MST-13 timer is obviously excellent. (See pictures above.)

To manufacture the MST-13 timers, MEBO ordered 20 PCB from the THURING company on  August 13, 1985.

The THURING company always ordered its Copper Clad Laminates (CCL) from a Swiss branch of the ISOLA Company: Schweizerische Isolawerke Breitenbach (SIB).

HINT #2 — Please, remember HINT #1!

In early 1990, the resin of a board from Schweizerische Isolawerke Breitenbach (SIB) was tested.

This analysis shows significant and incompatible differences with the resin of the PT/35(b) fragment.

Conclusion III — PT/35(b) is a fragment of a MST-13 Main board.



According to the FBI, the correct answers are:

Question I : TRUE — [Note 1 ]

Question II : TRUE — [Note 2]

Question III : TRUE — [Note 3 ]

PS — So, how did you do on this test? Perhaps, not so well. Don’t worry. Remember Mandela: “I never lose. I either win or learn.”

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Note 1 — FBI document (August 20 1990) —  “Special photography techniques were utilized on specimen K-1 to identify the number/letter 21B which is contained within the figure of an oval.”

Note 2 — Richard Marquise gives a rather precise description of the supply of the 20 MST-13 timers to Libya.

“In August 1985, Said Fazani, a high-ranking official of the Libyan Jamahiriya Security Organization (JSO), asked Bollier to design and build a small electronic timer for use by the military in their war with Chad.

A total of twenty were built by Lumpert, ten for use in a waterproof container (boxed) and ten which were free-standing (unboxed).”

Note 3 — During the Lockerbie investigation,23 samples were tested including one from ISOLA Switzerland (SIB). And yet, the official report goes on with this conclusion:

“The results of the test carried out by Mr French were analysed on computer and two types of laminate, Sefolam and Ditron appear to give the closest match to Production PT35.”

In other words, Mr French had clearly ruled out SIB as the source of PT/35(b).


Do you have what it takes to be an Intelligence Analyst? [Parody]

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1 Response to Do you have what it takes to be an FBI Intelligence Analyst? [Parody]

  1. The real question is when is probability permitted to outweigh truth or vice versa!

    The fragment of timer is comparable to that of a speck of gunpowder being used to convict someone in a shooting.
    All seems very tabloid-esq bull!

    Hypothesis should have no place in conclusion on crime solving.

    It stinks of desperation or stitch up!

    Square peg and round hole!


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