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Police Officer Selection Test (POST)

POSTThe National Police Officer Selection Test (POST) is an entry-level basic skills test that helps law enforcement agencies select the most qualified applicants by ensuring that candidates possess the basic cognitive skills necessary to successfully perform the job. The POST is a valid, job-related test designed specifically for law enforcement use and has been mandated as the statewide entry-level test by the states of Iowa, Utah and Wyoming.


  • Cost: $30
  • Register: Call (435) 613-5325 to register.
  • Scores: Available approximately 10-14 days after the exam is complete   

The POST Test is made up of four separately timed test sections. The first three sections, Mathematics, Reading Comprehension and Grammar utilize the multiple-choice and true/false formats. The fourth section, Incident Report Writing, requires you to write your answers in complete sentences in the spaces provided in the test booklet. Though most of the questions in the test battery relate to police duty, no prior knowledge of law or law enforcement will be needed to answer the questions.

SECTION I - Mathematics. In this section of the exam you will be provided with situations that require the use of basic arithmetic. You will read each situation and solve the problem. You are not allowed to use a calculator. Scratch paper will be provided in the test booklet.

SECTION II - Reading Comprehension. In this section you will read passages relating to police duty and then answer questions based on these passages. No prior knowledge of law or law enforcement will be needed to answer the questions. Three different types of questions will be asked in this section. They are true/false questions, questions in which you will be asked to choose the correct answer according to the information presented in the passage, and questions in which you will be asked to choose the alternative that best completes the sentence.

SECTION III - Grammar. This section of the exam requires you to identify errors in grammar, punctuation, or spelling. There are two types of questions. The first type presents incomplete sentences and you are to choose the alternative that best completes the sentence. The second type presents sentences that contain a spelling error and you are to choose the alternative that contains the misspelled word.

SECTION IV - Report Writing. This section tests your writing skills. You will use the information contained on a sample incident report form to answer questions that follow. All of your answers must contain the correct information and be written in complete sentences. The sentences must be grammatically correct and all words should be correctly spelled.

A study guide containing sample items is available at the Testing Center for $5.00.