The POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLET B) was selected by the California POST to measure the skills you need to be successful as a California peace officer. The PELLET B test is a language aptitude test. A total of 105 questions are spread out over three sections: writing ability, reading ability and reasoning ability. The purpose of the test is to measure your language ability.

Test Sections

Writing Ability

This section has three sub-sections: clarity, vocabulary, and spelling.

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 aregiven a sentence with a missing word. You have to choose the correct spelling of the word.

Vocabulary: This section also uses multiple‐choice questions. You are given a word in a sentence that is underlined and you are asked to choose an alternative that is the most accurate synonym or definition.

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

Reading Ability

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

Reading comprehension: This section contains 20 multiple-choice questions. You are given passages to read. Afterwards, you must answer questions about the information provided in the passage.

Reading ability: This is a CLOZE test containing 40 missing words. You are given a passage whose first and last sentences are complete. Between the first and last sentences, every seventh word is deleted from the text. In place of each deleted word is a dashed line. Each dash represents one letter in the deleted word. You must use contextual clues to determine what word would logically complete the passage. You are not given a list of words, so you must come up with a word that fits according to the context of the passage. There may be more than one correct response. If that is that case, you are given credit for the word as long as it fits the context.

Reasoning Ability

This section contains 16 multiple-choice questions. You are provided with information, such as groups or ordered series of facts, numbers, letters, or words. You need to use that information and find patterns, commonalities, and relationships to answer the questions.


Q: What is a passing score?

A: The PELLET B 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.

Q: How long are the test scores valid?

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

Q: How long is the test?

A: You have 2 and a half hours to complete the test.

Q: How often can I take the test?

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

Prepare for Your PELLET B Test

The California PELLET B assesses the reading and writing skills that are required for you to serve as a successful police officer. To become a successful California peace officer, you must prepare for the exam. Start preparing with JobTestPrep's practice test and study guide to ensure your success.

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