Abilities Measured on CA Dispatcher Exam

The California Peace Officer Standards and Training (CA POST) Entry-Level Dispatcher Selection Test Battery exam measures four distinct categories. These four components are essential for success in the dispatcher training program and profession.

  • Verbal Ability – Tests your ability to read and listen to information while recalling facts, summarizing, analyzing, and drawing conclusions based off of the information provided. Additionally, this section assesses your ability to write clearly.
  • Reasoning – Assesses two sections: applying rules to logically address situational problems and sequencing events, objects, people, and actions pursuant to given rules.
  • Memory – Remembering and applying information.
  • Perceptual Skills – Assessed for 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.

CA 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. Similarly to the Dispatcher Exam, the scenarios and questions in this test concern the field of public safety.

Comprising the CA POST Entry-Level Dispatcher Selection Test Battery are the following exams:

  • Public Safety Bulletin – You will be 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. This section has 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 will 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 will 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 will be 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 will 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.

Test Information, Scoring, and More

Test Information

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

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.

Additional Information

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.


Prepare for the Dispatcher Exam

JobTestPrep provides test content and information to prepare you for the CA POST Entry-Level Dispatcher Selection Test Battery exam. Our dispatcher practice pack includes practice tests, a study guide, Q & A analysis, and personality profiling. All of which has been designed to help you succeed on the California Dispatcher Test.