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!

Being a police officer takes much more than physical agility. It requires someone with patience, problem-solving skills, communication skills, compassion, integrity, and a love of service and community. At a time when departments nationwide are struggling to fill their ranks, having the right tools to help you identify the best candidates for hiring and promotion is more critical than ever. IPMA-HR's police tests and assessment systems provide you with the information you need to hire and promote with confidence

Police Tests


police womanPolice Officer Entry-level (PO-EL) Tests. Know which candidates will be successful on the job before you hire them. Our multiple-choice police tests assess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics necessary for success.

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.


Give your job candidates every opportunity to succeed with IPMA-HR's Entry-Level Police Officer Candidate Study Guide. Learn more.



Supplemental tests enhance the success of your recruitment process by providing you with more in-depth information about candidates’ abilities in a specific area. 

The Police Officer Report Completion Exercise (PO-RCE) 101 & 102 (VID) assess candidates' observational, listening, and written communication skills in a video-based simulation exercise. Instructions and a 30-minute timer are embedded in the video to make administration easy. 



Police SergeantEvery organization is a product of its leadership, and when speaking of law enforcement agencies, the quality of your leadership affects not only your agency, but the community you serve. IPMA-HR’s promotional police tests provide law enforcement agencies with the essential information needed to help ensure only the most highly-qualified candidates with the greatest leadership potential are promoted.

Police Detective (PDET) 400 Series 

Police Supervisor (PSUP) Test 500 Series | Corporal/Sergeant 

Police Administrator Test Lieutenant (PL) 501 

Previous Versions of Promotional Tests

Please note the following test titles are older versions that will be phased out. They have been replaced with the newer versions above. When ordering your test, only order the below versions if you have explicitly posted an appropriate reading list for them. Feel free to contact the Assessment Department prior to ordering for assistance.

Police Detective (PDET) 300 Series 

Police Supervisor (PSUP) Test 400 Series | Corporal/Sergeant 

Police Administrator Test Lieutenant (PL) 401 


Customized Test ServiceYou need a promotional test for an upper-rank. You look through our stock promotional tests, and find one that would work if only this was different or that were added. Or maybe you’re testing for a rank we don’t have a stock test for at all. When that happens, turn to our Customized Test Service.



Assessment SystemsPolice Officer Structured Interview System (POSIS). Based on extensive research and development methods, our innovative assessment system allows you to assess entry-level candidates’ levels of maturity and motivation, and their decision-making, communication and interpersonal skills in a face-to-face setting. Learn more.

Public Safety Assessment Center System (PSACS). Assess the promotional potential of police personnel in your department without incurring the expense of a consulting firm. This valuable tool used by law enforcement agencies across the nation accurately predicts job performance at the rank of sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. Learn more.

Chief Selection Advantage. Developed in partnership with the Center for Public Safety Management (CPSM), Chief Selection Advantage is an innovative and structured approach to greatly increasing the chances of selecting the right person for this critical role in your community. A thorough assessment of the community’s needs for law enforcement service and the current state of the police department is performed in order to develop tools to systematically narrow down the applicants based on the identified needed capabilities and attributes. A full-day assessment center is then produced to test for those qualities and skills using trained raters. The results inform your decision with far more relevant information than the standard recruitment, which relies on a paper screening of resumes and multiple interviews.

“I’ve been using IPMA-HR’s entry-level police and fire tests for years. Mine is a small department, and IPMA-HR provides an excellent product that is particularly cost-efficient for a small, community-based organization with limited funding.”

Charles Barga, City Manager, City of Nelsonville, Ohio