POST Entry Level Exam Preparation Guide
Because the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery is primarily a language aptitude test, one must already possess solid language skills to perform well on the test. However, there are a few exercises that can be helpful in maximizing performance if solid language skills are already in place. This test preparation guide has been developed to provide helpful information about test format and content.
This guide explains exactly what is tested in the exam and provides short, sample tests that can be used for practice. This guide also provides research-based information on the best strategies for answering test questions.
The following shortened version of the test is provided to prepare potential test-takers for the types of items they will encounter on the actual test. Familiarity with the structure and content of the test should reduce anxiety associated with taking the exam.
In the following pairs of sentences, identify the sentence which is most clearly written. If sentence “a” is more clear than sentence “b,” mark “a” on your answer sheet. If sentence “b” is more clear than sentence “a,” mark “b” on your answer sheet. Make no marks in the test booklet.
1. a. The officer was hoping to get a new partner, one that had a great deal of experience.
b. The officer was hoping to get a new partner. One that had a great deal of experience.
2. a. Bullet fragments were gathered by officers in envelopes.
b. Bullet fragments were gathered in envelopes by officers.
3. a. The suspect disliked the officer as did the judge.
b. The suspect disliked the officer as much as the judge.
4. a. The officer had probable cause to arrest the suspect when he arrived at the scene.
b. When the officer arrived at the scene, he had probable cause to arrest the suspect.
5. a. Jail is not a pleasant place to be, but they do get their basic necessities met.
b. Jail is not a pleasant place to be, but prisoners do get their basic necessities met.
The minimum selection standards for peace officers are….
- be free of any felony convictions;
- be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship (CHP officers must be US citizens at time of appointment);
- be at least 18 years of age;
- be fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record;
- be of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation;
- be a high school graduate, pass the General Education Development test or have attained a two-year or four-year degree from an accredited institution; and
- be found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition which might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer.