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The PELLET B (POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery) is considered America’s most rigorous police test. It’s important to note that this test differs from agency to agency. Thus, be sure to check with your department before you begin your practice.

The PELLET B Test Breakdown

The test consists of 105 questions split over reading, writing and logical reasoning. Note that each of these sections are broken into further detail. Therefore, the reading and writing section consists of English clarity, spelling, vocabulary, comprehension, and CLOZE – a final mixture of English comprehension, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. Learn more about each section below.


 Writing Ability:

This section has three sub-sections: clarity, vocabulary, and spelling. Each section contains 15 questions.

Clarity: In this section, you are given two sentences. You must be able to identify which sentence is most clearly and correctly written.

Spelling: This section uses multiple-choice questions. You are given a sentence with a missing word. You will have to choose the correct spelling of the word.

Vocabulary: This section also uses multiple‐choice questions. Here you will find a single word underlined in a sentence and be asked to choose an alternative synonym or definition.

The words included in the spelling and vocabulary sections are common words that are likely to be used on the job.

Try the Sample Questions:

Question 1 - Spelling

The following sentence has one or two words missing.
Choose the answer choice which provides the best options to fill the gaps.
1. The suspect was released on ______ after two nights.


Question 2- Spelling

The deadly shooting of a suspect who ______ rocks at officers during a disturbance call in Washington has sparked calls for a federal ________ and weeks of protests.


Question 3 - Vocabulary

The notions of freedom and liberty were conceived during the revolutionary war.


 Reading Ability:

This section has two sub-sections: reading comprehension and reading ability.

Reading comprehension: This section contains 20 multiple-choice questions associated to various passages. You must answer questions that are relevant to the provided passage.

Reading Comprehension: In the reading comprehension section, you will have to answer 20 multiple choice questions. This will likely entail different passages about or alluding to policy or reports.

Try This Reading Comprehension Sample Question:

Wild species of bees are said by researchers to be responsible for pollinating around one-third of the world's crop production, performing an important role in preventing world starvation. Lately, there has been great concern across the country about the demise of bee populations.

American Food Safety Association (AFSA) scientists have identified a number of risks posed to bees by the chemicals used in some pesticides. The AFSA has found that these pesticides have acute and chronic effects on bee colony survival and development.

Although the federal government is adamantly pushing towards restricting the use of toxic chemicals for crops not attractive to bees and other pollinators, many farmers and crop experts argue that there is insufficient data to make such drastic restrictions. They argue that the report published by the AFSA specifically stated that in some cases it was “unable to finalize the assessments due to shortcomings in the available data”.

Which one of the following statements is definitely correct in light of the text?


CLOZE: The CLOZE is considered the most difficult part of the PELLET B test. CLOZE is a block of text with missing words replaced by dashes. Each dash represents a single letter of the deleted word. You must use contextual clues to determine which word would logically complete the passage. You will not be given a list of words, rather the purpose is to test your knowledge of context, good grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. Note: There may be more than one correct answer. If that is so, you are given credit for the word as long as it fits the context.

The CA Police Hiring Process

Remember that each state has different protocols for the tests and hiring process. Thus, below is the commonly used California recruitment process which can vary depending on which agency or county you are applying for.

  • Physical Test: In most cases, the first process to becoming a CA police officer is to take a physical test. Contact your local police precinct to find out the exact details, but most tests consists of vertical jumping, sit-ups, push-ups, sprints, and 1.5 mile runs.
  • PELLET B: If you’ve passed the physical test, you will be invited to take the PELLET B test. The PELLET B consists of reading, writing, and logical This includes, but not limited to, CHP, Oakland, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, and San Jose. Note: The San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles do not use the PELLET B test. Each use their own version of exams.
  • Oral Interview: At some point during your recruitment process, you will be asked personal questions to better acquaint yourself to the department to see if you are a good fit to help assist local citizens and uphold the law.
  • Background Check: Next on the list is to undergo an intensive background check. In addition to this, you likely will be asked to participate in a CVSA or polygraph test.
  • Medical Check: You will be asked to see a local doctor to confirm you are in fit shape to wear the uniform.
  • Psychological Test: During your recruitment process, you will be asked to participate in the psychological evaluation. This can consist of a personality test or talking with a psychologist.
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How do I pass the PELLET B?

Many people want to work for the California police department. Thus, it is highly recommended to practice as much as possible beforehand. Without the practice, you statistically will not pass.

What is a passing score?

The PELLETB test scores are calculated based off of a “T-score”. If your score falls around 50, it is considered “average” in comparison to other applicants who have taken the test. Every candidate who scores over 42 has a good chance of successfully completing the academy.

How long are the test scores valid?

The scores do not expire. However, individual departments may decide how long a test score is valid.

How often can I take the test?

You must wait one month (30 days) before taking the test again.

How long is the test?

You have 2 hours to complete the 120-question test.


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