IPMA-HR's Response to COVID-19

We are closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and how it is and will affect our customers. We are working hard to support our customers, communities, and employees during this difficult time. IPMA-HR will continue taking orders throughout and will be shipping items on Mondays only. We want to make sure our customers can get the items they need, when they need them. To protect our staff, the majority of our workforce is working remotely, with very limited staff in the building daily to fill orders, which are shipped out on Mondays only. We ask that you please plan accordingly when placing your order to ensure it is delivered on time. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out: assessment@ipma-hr.org or 1-800-381-TEST (8378). Thank you!

Corrections staff are the unsung heroes of the public safety profession. Every day they go to work in a less than ideal environment to protect our communities and care for those experiencing the worst time in their lives: incarceration. The risk of harm, decreases in funding, increased government scrutiny and pressure from external sources have all contributed to a more complex system of management and challenging hiring conditions.

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To be successful in such a high-stress job takes someone with a certain set of skills and characteristics. Trusted by corrections facilities nationwide, IPMA-HR’s corrections tests are the tools you need to identify the right people, helping to ensure successful hiring and promotional decisions every time.

Corrections Tests


Know which candidates will be successful on the job before you hire them. Our entry-level corrections tests assess the knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics (KSAOs) necessary for success as a new correctional officer. No prior training or experience is assumed of candidates taking any of our entry-level corrections tests.

What is a TIP? And why is it important? Some entry-level tests include a TIP, which stands for Test Information Packet. TIPs were designed to assess candidates’ ability to learn, remember, and apply new information. Some of the material is written (e.g., work related articles and facts), and some is visual (e.g., “Wanted Posters", maps). TIPs are an essential, timed part of the tests they accompany. They are distributed and collected (after a study period) prior to handing out the test booklets. The number of test items that are based on information from the TIP varies by test series.


Supplemental tests enhance the success of your recruitment process by providing you with more in-depth information about a candidate’s ability in a specific area, such as their written communication skills.

CORRECTIONAL OFFICER REPORT COMPLETION EXERCISE (CO-RCE) (VID)  Assess candidates’ observational, listening, and written communication skills with this video-based simulation exercise. Instructions and a 30-minute timer are embedded in the video to make administration easy.



Determining who will be promoted into the position of first-line supervisor of your corrections facility is a critical decision. First-line supervisors are not only responsible for daily operations and the supervision of subordinates, but in an emergency situation, they’re leading the response. You need someone with the integrity, communication skills and leadership qualities to maintain everyone’s safety in a hostile environment.

IPMA-HR’s First-line Supervisor Test provides you with the information you need to help ensure only the most highly qualified candidates with the greatest leadership potential are promoted in your agency.