Tips for Police Written Exam

The written test is one hurdle in the Police Officer Recruit selection process. We will not be developing a cumulative score. This test represents a minimum standard that must be met in order for you to continue in the process. The purpose of our selection process is to identify those candidates that are most likely to succeed in the police academy. There are 3 components of the Written Test. A passing score is required in each component. The 3 components are:

  • Basic Math
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Spelling / Grammar

Test Etiquette

  • Be prompt. Late admittance will not be permitted.
  • Bring photo identification. All other materials will be provided for you.
  • Any discussion once the test has begun will be grounds for disqualification.
  • Pagers, cell phones, etc. will not be permitted.
  • Please refrain from wearing cologne or perfume.

Strategies for Success

  • Each section of the test is timed. Pace yourself.
  • Answer the questions you know first. Work on the more difficult questions during the time you have remaining.
  • The test booklet is for your use only. Feel free to make notes in your test booklet if this is helpful to you.
  • Identify the correct answer in your mind before you read through the options provided.
  • If you change your answer, mark your answer sheet as directed. The test evaluators cannot interpret your intent if it is not clear on your answer sheet.
  • Choose your responses based on the information provided, not based on your own knowledge or opinions.

Types of Questions

Basic Math – Find key information in charts to perform basic calculations; perform addition, subtraction and multiplication (including percentages) to solve word problems; and perform basic calculations relating to distance (convert inches to feet, etc.)
Reading Comprehension – Answer questions based on information provided in the passage; compare passage with information provided in chart or report format; and apply definitions of terms provided to situations described in questions.
Spelling / Grammar – Identify correct spelling of common words and choose word(s) that complete a sentence, applying correct grammar and word usage.