NPOST - the National Police Officer Selection Test - But Not Really!

 
NPOST is used in Utah

NPOST is used in Utah

For their police written exam, many law enforcement agencies in the U.S. use a test format known as NPOST - the National Police Officer Selection Test. NPOST is a clever marketing label given to a style of test published by a company known as Stanard & Associates, Inc. (not to be confused with the word "standards!") There is no true standard police officer selection test in the U.S.

The NPOST is an entry-level, basic skills test that measures these abilities: Arithmetic, Reading Comprehension, Grammar and Incident Report Writing.

 

Agencies Using the NPOST

 
NPOST is used by the Lincoln, Nebraska Police Department

NPOST is used by the Lincoln, Nebraska Police Department

Notable police written exams based upon the NPOST include:

  • Utah Police Written Exams

  • Iowa Police Written Exams

  • Wyoming Police Written Exams

  • Oregon Police Written Exams

  • Tennessee Police Written Exams

  • Montana Police Written Exams

  • Nebraska Police Written Exams

  • Virginia Police Written Exams

  • Illinois Police Written Exams

  • Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority

  • Maryland State Police Exam

  • North Dakota Highway Patrol Exam

 

Questions Included on NPOST

The NPOST covers basic skills required for police work

The NPOST covers basic skills required for police work

There are four sections in this 1 hour, 15 minute-test:

  1. Mathematics - 20 questions in 20 minutes
    • Word questions requiring basic math - no calculators.
  2. Reading Comprehension - 25 questions in 25 minutes
    • Read a policy or procedure and answer questions about it based only upon the information presented.
  3. English Grammar - 20 questions in 15 minutes
    • Choose the best word to complete a sentence or identify the misspelled word in a sentence.
  4.  Incident Report Writing - 10 questions in 15 minutes
    • Read a police incident report and answer questions by writing a clear, accurate and complete sentence.
 

How to Prepare for the NPOST

 

In order to pass, you are going to need access to a good NPOST Study Guide that includes many NPOST practice tests. There is a NPOST study guide available, but the company charges $5.00 for it and you only get one example question for each of the four sections. Save your money!

The BEST, online prep course for the NPOST is PoliceExam911 by Sgt. George Godoy. The benefits are obvious:

  • All the NPOST subjects are covered in great detail
  • Engaging, multimedia lectures present valuable tips
  • Hundreds of NPOST practice questions prefect your skills
  • Bonus material:
    • Managing Your Job Search
    • Best Practices on Personality Profiles
    • How to Not Fail the Polygraph
    • Best Practices for the Psych Exam
    • How to Impress at the Oral Interview
  • Mobile-friendly, lifetime access
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