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CA POST Dispatcher Exam Information

There are 11 individual exams that assess the four primary aptitudes. The exams are all given equal weight when computing your final score.

Similar to the Dispatcher Exam, the scenarios and questions in this test concern the field of public safety. The CA POST Entry-Level Dispatcher Selection Test Battery has the following exams:

Public Safety Bulletin

You are given three minutes to study a “shift bulletin.” This is then followed by a series of questions requiring you to recall the details and facts contained in the bulletin. There are 15 questions and you are given 6 minutes to complete it.

Assigning Field Units

You will read a set of rules governing the assignment of field units. The questions involve hypothetical incidences that require you to determine which field unit should be assigned for each incident. This section has 20 questions and you are given 5 minutes to complete it.

Evaluating Facts

You will read a set of rules followed by conclusive statements. You have to determine whether each statement is true or false based on the information contained in the rules. This section has 15 questions and you are given 5 minutes to complete it.

Setting Priorities

You will be given a set of rules containing priority codes. Then, you will have to determine which codes and statements match, following the set of rules. This section has 15 sets of 45 questions and you are given 10 minutes to complete them.

Reading Comprehension

There will be a short passage and then you are asked to recall details or form conclusions based off the information contained in the passage. This section has 20 questions and you are given 15 minutes to complete it.

Sentence Clarity

You will compare two versions of one idea and be asked to select the clearer version. This section has 15 questions and you are given 5 minutes to complete it.

 

Recalling Facts & Details

First, you will listen to an audio excerpt of a request for law enforcement services. Then, you have to answer questions based on your memory of the information contained in the audiotape. This section has 18 questions, in audio format, and you are given 9 minutes to complete it.

 

Call-Taking

First, you will listen to an audiotape simulation of an emergency call. Then, you will be asked to recall details, summarize, analyze, or draw conclusions based on the information contained in the audio. This section has 25 questions, in audio format, and you are given 17 minutes to complete it.

Oral Directions

You will listen to a simulated radio call from a police officer and take notes. Then, you will use your notes to answer items pertaining to actions to be taken, sequence of tasks, details and conclusions based on the information contained in the call. This section has 17 questions, in audio format, and you are given 14 minutes to complete it.

Checking Coded Information

You will listen to an audiotape containing letter/number codes. Then, using a “Code Sheet,” you will select the answer that contains the audio code. An increase in audio speed adds to the difficulty of the exam. This section has 60 questions, in audio format, and you are given 14 minutes to complete it.

Checking & Listening

You will be asked to perform two tasks simultaneously: compare data with the information on a “Hot Sheet," identifying as many matches as possible, and record Unit Status Transmissions on a radio log, while listening to a simulated radio broadcast from several field units. Your answers will be based off of the information recorded in your Radio Log. This section has 105 questions, in audio format, and you are given 13 minutes to complete it.

 


Abilities Measured on the CA POST Dispatcher Test

The CA POST Entry-Level Dispatcher Selection Test Battery measures four distinct categories. These four components are essential for success in the dispatcher training program and profession.

  1. Verbal Ability – Tests your ability to read and listen to information while recalling facts, summarizing, analyzing, and drawing conclusions based on the information provided. Additionally, this section assesses your ability to write clearly.
  2. Reasoning – Assesses two sections: applying rules to logically address situational problems and sequencing events, objects, people, and actions pursuant to given rules.
  3. Memory – Remembering and applying information.
  4. Perceptual Skills – Assesses speed and accuracy by matching letters/numbers that are presented in both written and verbal formats. Additionally, you will be performing tasks that simultaneously use at least two information sources that are presented in written and verbal formats.

The following is a sample question (taken from our complete POST Dispatcher Practice Pack) that highly resembles some questions you'll likely face on the real test. Give it a try!

CA POST Dispatcher Sample Question

São Paulo’s economy has done well in Brazil’s recent boom years and it is still much bigger, but Rio’s is growing faster, boosted by oil discoveries and winning its bid to host the 2016 Olympics.

Last year Rio received $7.3 billion in foreign direct investment—seven times more than the year before, and more than twice as much as São Paulo. Prime office rents in Rio are now higher than anywhere else in the Americas, north or south, according to Cushman and Wakefield, a property consultancy.

According to the passage, in the past Sao Paulo's economy used to grow:

Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is D.

The passage does not mention what the growth rate of both cities was in the past.
It only mentions that recently Rio's economy has been growing faster.
Therefore, (D) is the correct answer choice.

 

Within our complete PrepPack™, every question comes with full explanation and tips, as you've seen above. These will help you learn from your mistakes and easily handle every type of question you'll face on the real test.


Post Entry-Level Dispatcher Selection Test Battery
- Additional Info

The CA POST Dispatcher Test takes between 2.5 and 3 hours to complete. This includes going over instructions and a short break. Multiple-choice is generally the format throughout the exams.

Scoring

Each of the 11 exams generates a score based on the number of correct answers, less a fraction of the number of wrong answers. The 11 scores are added together and then compared with the average score of candidates throughout the State of California, establishing your final result.

Pay Attention

Do not confuse the POST Entry-Level Dispatcher Selection Test Battery with the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) which is used as a pre-employment screening device for law enforcement personnel other than dispatchers.


FAQs

What is the post dispatcher test?

The POST Dispatcher Test is designed to measure aptitude for performing public safety dispatcher work.

What is post certification in CA?

The POST Professional Certificate Program fosters education, training, and professionalism in law enforcement.

What does the processes to become a 911 dispatcher includes?

Becoming a 911 dispatcher involves more than an interview. In fact, these professionals must often complete an extensive, pre-employment process, which may include a panel interview, a skills test, a background investigation, and a complete medical and psychological evaluation.

What is the salary of a California 911 Dispatcher?

Those who work as 911 operators in the state of California earn an excellent living serving those in their communities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average California 911 dispatcher earns $57,140 per year.

What is POST?

The Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) was established by the Legislature in 1959 to set minimum selection and training standards for California law enforcement.

 


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