Learn to Pass the National Police Officer Selection (NPOST) Exam

Last updated 05/2020

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If you are planning, or required to take the National Police Officer Selection Test (NPOST), there is a good chance that there isn’t much time between today and exam day. With under a minute to answer each question in the four parts of the test itself, in addition to the difficult subject matter contained within it, it is not uncommon for first-time test-takers to fail.

Prepterminal’s comprehensive NPOST study guide and NPOST practice tests have been composed to most efficiently prepare you for every element of this challenging exam. Read on to learn more about the National Police Officer Selection Test.


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intro-imgIntroduction to the National Police Officer Selection Test

The National Police Officer Selection Test, colloquially known as the NPOST test, is a multiple-choice format entry-level basic skills test utilized by numerous law enforcement agencies in the municipal, county, state, and federal level as part of their hiring process.

It is designed and created by Stanard & Associates in a bid to make sure that the prospective applicant has the required minimum cognitive skills that every police officer is expected to have as not doing so could lead to terrible consequences in the event that an incapable candidate wrongly gets the job.

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The National Police Officer Selection Test is utilized by law enforcement agencies as a basic skills test all over the U.S. but it is the most predominantly used one in the states of Iowa and Utah.

If you live in Utah or Iowa, then this will be the exam you are asked to take as it is mandated statewide as the standard examination.

Comprised of four major sections, three of which contain multiple subjects of their own, the NPOST test has a strict 75-minute time limit to answer all 75 questions.

That’s right – every test-taker only has a minute at best to answer everything in the exam.

So unless one takes advantage of any or free NPOST practice test or NPOST study guide to know the most effective way to tackle the exam, chances are, 75 minutes will not be enough to ensure a good or passing score, especially more so if the applicant is about to take it for the first time.

Let’s take a look at what is in the NPOST test:


intro-imgWhat to Expect in the National Police Officer Selection Test

Before anything else, it is important to bear in mind that the National Police Officer Selection Test is designed to test whether the candidate has the sufficient reading comprehension, grammar, mathematical skills, and incident report writing skills that are expected of a police officer through the use of four differently-timed sections.

This means the 75-minute time limit is sepearated to accommodate all of the sections in the test itself, meaning you will not be able to come back later to a question that you skipped earlier in the test.

That being said, let’s take a look at the sections that you will have to encounter in the NPOST test.

Numerical-ReasoningSection I – Mathematical Skills

As a potential police officer, the NPOST test will test if you have the ability to use basic arithmetic or mathematical operations in the form of word problems. These passages will usually put you in the shoes of an officer going on their daily rounds but it is not uncommon for the exam to instead use general situations.

The section will contain 20 questions and you will have 20 minutes to answer all of it.

Unfortunately, test-takers are not allowed to bring a calculator to help with their calculations, so everything will have to be done mentally, thus making it possible to lose precious time at the first question if you are not confident in your mathematical abilities. The methods taught for calculation in our NPOST study guide are designed to help improve your mathematical intuition and speed up your mental arithmetic.

intro-imgSection II – Reading Comprehension Skills

As suggested by the title, this section aims to test your reading comprehension skills. However, it does so in the form of passages which relate to law enforcement or state policies, though this will not require any preexisting knowledge on the matters. This is because the questions are designed to be answered correctly even if the test-taker is not familiar with law enforcement procedures as all information will be provided in the text itself.

However, there are three possible question types that you will encounter, namely:

  • A true/false question format where you will be given a statement following a passage or report form. You will have to decide whether or not the statement is accurate or inaccurate based on the details provided in the passage or the report.
  • A ‘choose which is the most accurate/inaccurate statement’ format where you will have to pick from a number of statements which is the most accurate or inaccurate one regarding the passage or report that was given.
  • A ‘Choose the best choice’ that would best complete the statement or question regarding the passage or report.

There will be 25 questions in this section and you will be given 25 minutes to answer everything.

Exam-PaperSection III – Grammar Skills

In this section of the National Police Officer Selection Test, you will be primarily be tasked in identifying errors in spelling, grammar, or punctuation. There will be two types in this section, namely:

  • You will have to pick the choice that best completes a sentence.
  • There will be a mispelled word in a sentence and you will have to pick the choice that contains the same mispelled word.

There will be 20 questions in this section and you will be given 15 minutes to answer everything.

Behavioural_PersonalitySection IV – Incident Report Writing Skills

Here, you will be given a sample report that is typically seen or used in the state’s or municipality’s law enforcement agency that you are interested in joining. The questions will come in the form of you being asked specific details about the contents of the report and you will be expected to write down your answer in complete sentences and with perfect grammar, capitalization and punctuation. In this section of the National Police Officer Selection Test, you must be extra careful since even a single instance of misplaced punctuation will render your answer incorrect even if you got the details right.

There will be 10 questions in this part of the exam and you will be given 15 minutes to answer everything.


intro-imgWhy is it Important to do Well in the National Police Officer Selection Test

When it comes to jobs in law enforcement, the benefits and remuneration are substantial, so naturally competition is high. While these tests come with a ‘pass’ score, this doesn’t mean that you’re guaranteed progression. Often, more people pass than there are jobs available – this is when an agency begins to differentiate by individual score. If you scored a couple of points less than your competition, you will almost always be passed by and the job will be given to the high scorer. It is absolutely essential that if you are serious about this career path that you prepare thoroughly and ensure that your position as a law officer is not snatched away by a mediocre score.

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The National Police Officer Selection Test isn’t just the first part of the hiring process in becoming a police officer in states that require you to take it, it may as well be the most crucial part because getting a good score in it ensures that your application won’t be ignored for someone else who was a point above you. Remember: agencies all over the U.S. are looking for the best candidate possible and you should do everything you can to make them see that you are one the first time around.

Currently, the candidate is required to score at least 70% IN EACH section of the National Police Officer Selection Test, not as a whole. Fortunately, you are allowed to retake the exam following a waiting period or take the ‘B Exam’ or ‘C Exam’.

According to a some law enforcement agencies, if you had taken all three exams and the first exam was your highest score, you are allowed to present that instead, meaning you don’t need to use the most recent one if you got a lower score than your previous or first exam.

Regardless of individual agency policy on whether you can retake the exam or take additional exams, you will face delays in what is already a lengthy recruitment process if you don’t get it right the first time. You can avoid these drastic delays by preparing as soon as possible with our extensive NPOST study guide and NPOST practice tests.


Thumbs-UpHow Prepterminal Can Help You in the National Police Officer Selection Test

The one of the main reasons why candidates fail or get an insufficient score in the National Police Officer Selection Test is because they weren’t familiar with the numerous subjects that may appear in the test and begin to panic when they realize that they have such a limited amount of time to answer all the questions.

That is something that our curated National Police Officer Selection Test Prep Course is designed to mitigate.

Our NPOST prep pack is designed and developed by law enforcement experts and test professionals who regularly review the contents of the exam itself so that our guides are always up-to-date and cover everything that may appear in the actual test.

With the assistance of these talented professionals, we have produced this course in such a way that it will teach you the best route to answering the challenging questions on this test in such a way that the time limit feels less like a harsh restriction and more like a reasonable allocation.

We know that, given the right tools, you can ace your exam and kickstart a rewarding career in law enforcement, protecting the public good as an outstanding officer.

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Learn to Pass the National Police Officer Selection (NPOST) Exam

Last updated 05/2020

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If you are planning, or required to take the National Police Officer Selection Test (NPOST), there is a good chance that there isn’t much time between today and exam day. With under a minute to answer each question in the four parts of the test itself, in addition to the difficult subject matter contained within it, it is not uncommon for first-time test-takers to fail.

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