Less Common Police Written Exams
On this page, I list some of the less common Police Exams in use and legacy names of exams that have been retired or re-marketed. Re-marketing occurs as test publishers buy exams from their competitors, etc. Also on this page are exam names used by certain regional commissions and my recommendations for how to best prepare for these. Don't let the banner image fool you, most of these are still in use.
ACT WorkKeys Assessment
The ACT WorkKeys Assessment is used by some law enforcement agencies to test the basic math, reading and writing abilities of their applicants. No prior knowledge of law or law enforcement will be needed to answer the questions. ACT Compass and ACT Asset were earlier versions offered by the company ACT that have been superseded by the newer WorkKeys Assessment. A great prep course for police Reading, Writing and Math is Police Exam 3Rs.
ABLE - Adult Basic Learning Examination
The ABLE (Adult Basic Learning Examination) measures basic reading comprehension. There is no time limit on this exam. No prior knowledge of law or law enforcement will be needed to answer the questions. A great prep course for police Reading, Writing and Math is Police Exam 3Rs.
ALEA - Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
This test is used in Alabama for specialized law enforcement positions, like the Alabama State Trooper. It is harder than other police tests used in Alabama. It has 100 multiple choice questions and applicants have 3 hours to finish it. Topics covered include: Logical Ordering of Information, English and Proofreading, Math, Reading Comprehension and Decision Making. The best study guide for the ALEA test is PoliceExam911.
NDRT - Nelson-Denny Reading Test
The Nelson-Denny reading test (NDRT) is a standardized reading test that measures the reading ability of high school and college students. The NDRT is used by many government and non-government agencies to measure an applicant's basic reading skills. The test includes two parts: Vocabulary and comprehension. The first part of the test presents 80 multiple-choice questions with 5 answer choices each. The time allowed for Part 1 of the exam is 15 minutes. The second part, Reading Comprehension, requires students to read 5-8 passages and to respond to 38 multiple-choice questions based on the content of those passages. These also have 5 answer choices per question. Reading speed is important on this section as the time allowed for this part of the exam is only 20 minutes. Allow 45 minutes total for taking the exam. A great prep course for police Reading, Writing and Math is Police Exam 3Rs.
McCann Entry-Level Police Officer Exam
The McCann police written test is made up of two booklets. Booklet 1 consists of an image that you have 10 minutes to study (Observation) and then answer 30 questions within a time limit of 30 minutes. Booklet 2 consists of 70 questions with a time limit of 135 minutes. Topics covered include: Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, Map Reading and Memorization.
MCOLES - Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Stds.
To become a sworn police officer in the State of Michigan you must meet a specific set of Standards set by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES). The test measures an applicant's proficiency in reading and writing. Some departments also require additional written testing.
What it measures
- Reading Comprehension – The ability to read, interpret, and apply various kinds of information Law Enforcement officers use on the job.
- Interpreting Information – The ability to interpret and work with charts, tables, diagrams, and instructions.
- Writing Skills – Basic language skills used to express an idea or describe an event clearly, such as would be required in a Law Enforcement report.
- Verbal Reasoning – The ability to analyze information and to make valid judgments on the basis of the logical implications of this information.
- Pattern Recognition – The ability to identify patterns in visual material.
- Numerical Reasoning – The ability to discover patterns and principles in quantitative information.
MCOLES outsources their entry assessments to a company called EMPCO.
EMPCO uses the NCJOSI-2 standard exam from I/O Solutions for their written exam.
Bottom line, get a solid NCJOSI prep course!
Morris and McDaniel Entry-Level Police Test (ELP)
The Morris & McDaniel Entry-Level Police Test (ELP) is part of the company's SHIELD series of entrance exams. A variation of this exam is the CJBAT for Florida. It measures eight aptitudes:
- Spatial orientation
- Inductive reasoning
- Flexibility of closure
- Problem sensitivity
- Verbal comprehension
- Semantic ordering
Notice that the exam does not include writing skills (except vocabulary) or math questions.
A comprehensive prep course of this exam is PoliceExam911.
NBAT is an abbreviation for National Basic Abilities Test which is a retired police exam originally distributed by I/O Solutions. Today, the NCJOSI2 is the IOS equivalent to this obsolete police exam.
The Ohio Law Enforcement Selection Inventory (OH-SELECT) is used by many agencies in Ohio for their police written exam. The exam consists of 185 multiple-choice questions or 5-step ranking scales. There are two parts to the exam.
The first part of the exam assesses your cognitive abilities required for the job. It consists of 60 multiple choice questions covering a very broad range of topics:
- Verbal Comprehension
- Verbal Expression
- Problem Sensitivity
- Deductive Reasoning
- Inductive Reasoning
- Information Ordering
- Number Facility
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Spatial Orientation
- Flexibility of Closure
- Selective Attention
- Personality Traits
The second part of the exam contains 125 statements on a rating scale to measure your personality traits.
You will be allowed a total of 2 hours to complete both sections of the OH-SELECT exam. Because this test is so comprehensive, the best police prep course is PoliceExam911.