POA - Cognitive Series

About the Assessment

The POA, Cognitive Series, is IPMA-HR’s most recently developed entry-level police officer assessment and uses the most modern development approach that relies on a combination of (3) legally and professionally supported sources of validity evidence. Some of the item types that appear on the POA, Cognitive Series, were sourced from the previously developed PO-EL 100 (TIP) and PO-EL 200-NC (TIP) Series.   

Assessment Features

POA Versions

Version 1
Version 2


80 Items

Time Limit

2 Hours




Content Areas


  • Critical Thinking (e.g., analyzing tables, charts, and commonalities; organizing information)

  • Inductive/deductive reasoning

  • Basic mathematics (i.e., addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)

Learning Ability

  • Mental application of written police-related policies, procedures, and concepts

  • Applying basic mathematics formulas involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division

Reading Comprehension

  • Reading passages

  • CLOZE (fill-in-the-blank)

Written Communication

  • Sentence and Report Form Proofing
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Study Guide

A study guide with full 80-question practice test and twenty 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.