Pellet B Practice Test 2022 [Cloze Test, Scoring & More]
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What Is the PELLET-B test?

The PELLET B (POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery) is a combination of tests that examine your reading and writing skills. Its goal is to evaluate whether you are a good fit for the police force. It contains 105 questions and has a duration of two hours.

The PELLET-B test is considered America's most difficult police examination, so it's crucial that you study thoroughly. Please note that this test differs from agency to agency. Thus, be sure to check with your department before you begin your practice.

What Does the Pellet B Test Consist Of?

The test’s questions are divided between reading, writing and logical reasoning. These 3 categories are divided further.

Writing: These are the sub-sections for the writing category.

    • English Clarity Sub TestIn this section, you are given two sentences. You must be able to identify which sentence is written most clearly and correctly.
    • Spelling Sub Test- This section uses multiple-choice questions. You are given a sentence with a missing word and must choose the correct spelling of the word.
    • Vocabulary Sub Test- This section also uses multiple‐choice questions. Here you will find a single word underlined in a sentence, choose an alternative synonym or definition.


Reading: These are the sub-sections for the reading category.

      • 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 policies or reports.
      • CLOZE – a final mixture of English comprehension, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary.

PELLET B Sample Questions

Here are some writing ability 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.

A. Bale
B. Bail
C. Conditions
D. Mistake
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is B. Bail is a fiscal deposit in order to be released from police custody.

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.

A. through, investigasion
B. throw, investigation
C. threw, investigation
D. throu, invistigasion    
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is C.

When two words are missing, we need to go over the answer choices carefully and find the choice which offers correct answers for both of the missing words. Upon reading the sentence, it becomes clear that the first missing word is likely a verb and the second missing word is likely a noun. We can further deduce that all answer choices provide spelling variations of the same word, and we need to find the correct one.

Question 3 - Vocabulary

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

Which of the following can replace the word conceived:

A. Delivered
B. Assumed
C. Established
D. Misunderstood The correct answer is C.  The word conceived has two meanings: (1) To become pregnant with a child, (2) To form a mental idea or plan. The word established also refers to the process of forming, much like the second meaning, and is, therefore, the correct answer.
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer


With the PELLET B PrepPack™, you'll come to grips with the content and get full explanations for every part of the test. That way, you’ll gain the confidence to succeed.


Now, let's try some Reading Ability sample questions:

Question 4 - Reading Comprehension

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 a 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 toward 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?

A. Only wild species are responsible for pollination.
B. Bees help prevent world starvation.
C. All pesticides are harmful to bees.
D. The farmer's protest is money-driven.
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is B.

Here's a quote from the text: "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."

This quote tells us the same thing answer B says, in different words. No other answer option has a quote in the text that proves it is right.


What Exactly is the CLOZE Test?

The CLOZE test is considered the most difficult part of the PELLET B test. You will be presented with 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 CLOZE includes 40 questions. You are presented with a passage where ONLY the first and last sentence is complete. Aside from that, there are holes or gaps in the text. It's your job to fill in the blanks. Typically every seventh word is removed and you have to choose what word belongs there. 

One of the difficulties here is that there are no word lists to choose from- The word choice is up to you. The one clue you are given though is that the number of dashes that replaced the missing word tells you how long the word is. In other words, if there are four dashes, then you have to think of a four-letter word to use.

Let's take a look at an example question so you get the idea:

CLOZE Sample Question

 Some countries have two or more levels of police forces. For example, most (1)-------- in Australia is carried out by the six state police forces, but there is also the Australian Federal Police who police the (2)----- country. Germany has a similar system. The United (3)------- and Switzerland have many local police forces and several national agencies, but no (4)------ national police force. In Canada, local governments can choose to (5)------ run their own police force or (6)---- the job to a bigger one. So most Canadian cities have their own police, while most rural areas are policed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which is also the national police.

Click here to see which words should be used
  1. policing
  2. whole
  3. Kingdom
  4. actual
  5. either
  6. give

POST PELLETB Test Reasoning Ability Section

This segment assesses the thinking abilities using a multiple-choice format.

There are 16 multiple-choice questions, each with a sequence of numbers, letters, sentences, or information. Within the series, you'll need to evaluate and find relationships, patterns, or commonalities that will help you answer questions about the information/data/facts provided.

Reasoning Ability Sample questions: 

Question 1 - Ordering Information

Witness A stayed outside the bar for several minutes more than Witness B. Witness C stayed outside the bar for several minutes less than Witness B. Which witness stayed outside the bar for the longest time interval?

(A) Witness A
(B) Witness B
(C) Witness C
(D) Can't tell

Correct answer: (A)

Explanation: Witness A stayed outside the bar for several minutes more than Witness B, and Witness B spent several minutes more outside the bar than Witness C; thus, of all the witnesses, Witness A spent the longest interval outside the bar.

Question 2 - Grouping Information

Three of the words below share a similarity; one does not. Select the odd one out:

(A) Ford
(B) Mercedes
(C) Alaska
(D) Audi

Correct answer: (C)

Explanation: Ford, Mercedes and Audi are all vehicle manufacturers; Alaska is a state, so it is the odd one out.

Question 3 - Pattern Recognition

What is the correct number to continue the following series? 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, ___

(A) 13
(B) 15
(C) 14

Correct answer: (B)

Explanation: The sequence counts down from 20, so the correct next entry would be the number 15.

*Please note that we don’t have preparation for this section yet, will be update soon.

What Is a Good Post Pellet B Score?

In general, if you score 49 or higher, you are considered to have passed the test. The PELLETB scoring is based on the T-score model. It means that your performance is placed into a distribution (a bell-shaped curve), where 50 is considered the average score. 


So, if your score falls around 50, the performance is considered “average” when compared to other applicants who have taken the test. Scores of 40 or below are considered “below average.” Scores of 60 or above are considered “above average.”

Research shows that the likelihood of successful academy completion increases for every point scored above 42.

POST does not offer test results to candidates or other unauthorized employees directly. You must wait for notification from the organization to which you applied for your results. It's worth noting that they must notify you within 30 days. If you have not obtained your results within this time frame, please contact them and inquire.

How long is the pellet B test good for?

The PELLETB scores have no expiration date, so they are theoretically valid for life. However, if you are moving departments, your new employer can require you to retake the test.

A recruiting agency will also ask you to take the PELLETB through them, and that score will be taken into account, even though you already took the exam through another agency.

What Happens If You Fail?

Don’t worry – you can take the test again after 30 days have passed (this applies even if taking the exam again via another agency or department). Your test results will be invalid, however, if you retake the PELLETB sooner than 30 days have elapsed.

Is the Pellet B Test Hard?

Yes! The PELLET B contains hard questions. With questions focus on writing, reading, and understanding, you have to be on the ball for the entire time. Also, the test is long, which means that you have to concentrate the entire time to give yourself the best chance of success.

Preparation is the key to success here, and you have to know what to expect and how to answer the questions to succeed.

How to Prepare For the Test?

The key to success is practice. As we said, the test is challenging, and therefore it’s imperative that you practice not just the sample questions, but really develop your reading and writing skills. 

To help you with that, we created the PELLET B PrepPack™ which includes:

  • Hundreds of questions - cover the reading and writing sections of the PELLETB to ensure you are fully ready. This will give you the experience and practice you need to succeed.
  • A practical study guide - will show you all of the tips and tricks for quickly and easily solving the questions. The comprehensive guide will assist you in comprehending the fundamental techniques needed to pass the exam.
  • Timed tests - as similar as possible to the real PELLET B test. It will assist you in improving your ability to sit for long periods of time and reducing your anxiety. That way, you'll arrive at the test relaxed and ready to succeed​. 


Make sure you get a good score on your first attempt!

What Is 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.


How Long Does It Take to Get Pellet B Scores?

The standard time taken to receive your results in about two weeks. However, you should definitely have your results of your exam within 30 days.


How Often Can I Take the Pellet B?

You can take the test every 30 days. However, in theory, the results last forever so if you have done well in the past, that score will currently count.


What Is Maximum Pellet B Score?

The maximum PELLETB score is 77.8. 


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