PO-EL 200-NC (TIP) Series

About the Assessment

The PO-EL 200-NC (TIP) Series is the first entry-level law enforcement assessment developed by IPMA-HR and has a long history of successful use by law enforcement agencies. Extensive research has shown that the addition of the Police Interest Questionnaire has reduced or eliminated significant score differences between gender and racial/ethnic groups. The PO-EL 200-NC (TIP) Series includes a 25-minute session in which candidates must study material from a Test Information Packet (TIP), such as work-related articles, wanted posters, and maps. TIPs are collected after the study period has ended, but before the test booklets are distributed. Some of the multiple-choice items assess how well candidates remember the information they just studied in the TIP

Assessment Features




100 Items

Time Limit

2 Hours and 10 Minutes
(includes 25 minutes for TIP study period)




Content Areas

Ability to Observe and Remember Details (TIP)

  • Wanted Posters
  • Law Enforcement Terms and Definitions

Police Interest Questionnaire

  • Personality
  • Interest in Police Work


  • Basic Mathematics (i.e., addition and subtraction)
  • Critical Thinking (e.g., analyzing tables; organizing information)

Learning Ability

  • Police-related Policies and Procedures

Situational Judgment

  • Written Scenarios

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Study Guide

A study guide with full 100-question practice test and twenty-five answer explanations is available for purchase. We recommend agencies secure access to the study guide for all candidates to ensure that financial burdens do not result in unequal access to study materials.