1 hour 45 minute test + 25 minutes for TIP
The PO-EL 100 series are multiple-choice tests designed to assess whether a candidate has the most basic abilities necessary to learn and perform the duties of a police officer, such as patrolling an assigned area, questioning witnesses, securing a crime scene, handling a disturbance, investigating a complaint, making arrests and writing reports.
PO-EL 101 contains five subtests, which are listed below along with some of the competencies they assess.
- Ability to Learn and Apply Police Information. Assesses whether candidates can quickly learn and properly apply new methods, facts and information including rules, procedures, ideas and concepts outlined in policy manuals and other training materials.
- Ability to Observe and Remember Details. Assesses a candidate’s ability to take note of and remember key details about wanted, suspicious, and missing persons, events, places, and/or crimes requiring police attention.
- Verbal Ability. Vocabulary questions test candidates’ language skills and familiarity with word meaning, and written paragraphs assess their ability to read and understand materials related to police work.
- Ability to Follow Directions. Candidates are asked to interpret maps, read duty assignments, and complete report forms, which assesses their observational skills, their ability to use logic, and their ability to understand and follow directions.
- Ability to Use Judgment and Logic. Assesses whether candidates can follow a logical course of action, how resourceful they are, whether they can come up with solutions to tough problems, and their ability to distinguish important details.
||Number of Test Items Per Subtest
|Ability to Learn and Apply Police Information (TIP)
|Ability to Observe and Remember Details (TIP)
|Ability to Follow Directions
|Ability to Problem Solve and Use Logic & Ability to Use Situational Judgment
||The 100 series combines Situational Judgment & Problem Solving. There are 20 items on each test.
*The PO-EL 100 Series combines Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension under the heading “Verbal Ability.”
Need another version?
See the PO-EL 102 (TIP).