Updated: September 29, 2021
Is the PO-EL 100 (TIP) series available?
The PO-EL 100 (TIP) series was retired on March 1, 2022. The POA, Cognitive Series, assessment is IPMA-HR’s most recently developed entry-level police officer assessment that was designed to replace the PO-EL 100 (TIP) series. Although the PO-EL 100 (TIP) series have been extensively researched and has a long history of successful use by hundreds of law enforcement agencies, the POA, Cognitive Series is based on the latest research and design methodology.

Does IPMA-HR offer any entry-level police tests that still have the Test Information Packet (TIP)?

IPMA-HR offers entry-level police officer assessments both with and without the TIP component. Check out our police department assessments page to review the similarities and differences between the products.


How can I best prepare my candidates to excel on IPMA-HR’s entry-level police officer assessments?

While not required to take any of IPMA-HR’s entry-level assessments, study guides with full practice tests and answer explanations are available for candidates to purchase exclusively on Public Safety Compass. Since practice testing is a well-established strategy to improve learning and test-taker performance, agencies are encouraged to inform test takers of where they can purchase the sole legitimate study guide on Public Safety Compass. If feasible, agencies should secure access to the study guide for all candidates directly to ensure that financial burdens do not result in unequal access to study materials.


How can I preview IPMA-HR’s entry-level police officer assessments?

Authorized IPMA-HR Test Security Agreement (TSA) signers may place orders for the assessments directly on our website. You may also consider previewing the practice assessment included with the study guide on Public Safety Compass.


Is there a recommended cut score for IPMA-HR’s entry-level police assessments?

Since each assessment’s psychometric properties and each agency’s needs may be different, IPMA-HR does not set a universal cut score for its entry-level assessments. For information on the psychometric properties of each assessment, TSA signers can access our Test Response Data Library for free. IPMA-HR also offers a Pass Point Guide for purchase which provides training on how to set a cut score using three of the most popular and widely accepted methods in employment testing.


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