PO-EL 204-NC (TIP) Entry-Level Police Officer Test

Time Limit: 1 hour 45 minute test + 25 minutes for TIP Number of Questions: 100

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PO-EL 204-NC contains four subtests, which are listed below along with some of the competencies they assess.

  1. Wanted Posters. Candidates are asked questions related to the wanted posters found in the Test Information Packet (TIP) (e.g., crimes involved, locations, distinguishing features, aliases), which assesses candidates’ ability to observe and remember details.
  2. Test Information Packet (TIP). Candidates must recall facts and apply concepts presented in the study materials of the TIP to assess reading comprehension, reasoning, and the ability to learn and apply information.
  3. Police Interest Questionnaire. Assesses personality and interest in police work, where answers are matched against those more often chosen by police officers with high job performance ratings.
  4. Reasoning and Judgment. Given the fact that police officers are required to confront many situations that call on their ability to make sound situational judgments or social judgments, this subtest assesses their strength in the areas of logic, verbal reasoning, and situational judgment.

PO-EL 204-NC also includes 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.

PO-EL 204-NC also includes a non-cognitive component (NC): the Police Interest Questionnaire. Non-cognitive components provide you with a more complete assessment of your candidates while also lowering adverse impact.

Subtests Items
Ability to Learn and Apply Policy Information (TIP) 25
Ability to Observe and Remember Details (TIP) 25
Ability to Problem Solve and Use Logic 7
Reading Comprehension 1
Ability to Use Situational Judgment 12
Police Interest Questionnaire - NC 30
Total 100

Need another version?

See the PO-EL 201-NC (TIP) or PO-EL 202-NC (TIP).