This is a multiple-choice timed test, spanning around 2.5 hours. The I/O Solutions Police Exam covers 4-10 aptitude areas as well as includes a personality assessment.

There is no penalty for wrong answers. Therefore, be sure to answer every question, even guessing if necessary. The higher your score, the greater your chances of making your employment goal a reality. JobTestPrep provides a complete NCJOSI exam prep program.

Cognitive Section

There are two versions of the NCJOSI test.


The NCJOSI I has two sections—a cognitive ability section and a behavioral section. The cognitive ability sections includes 10 subject areas. In contrast, the NCJOSI II only contains four subject areas in the cognitive ability section. The NCJOSI II also has less questions and a shorter time limit. You should contact your local department to find out which NCJOSI they require you to take.


The first version the cognitive section consists of 45 multiple-choice questions and is composed of the following ability areas:

  • Problem Solving Ability – This ability entails deciding upon the best course of action or choosing the most proper solution to a problem in a given situation based on the information presented.
  • Reading Comprehension (or Verbal Comprehension) – This section measures the ability to comprehend written language, an ability most important for a job in law enforcement. You will find job-related passages, each followed by questions requiring analysis, conclusion, or information derived from the passage.
  • Mathematics – This section assesses your speed and accuracy in the use of basic arithmetic functions: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Expect to encounter basic word and number problems involving various calculations, such as percentage, ratio, perimeter, area, and circumference.
  • Writing Ability – This is defined as the ability to communicate a message in written format in a clear and coherent way using correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary. It also includes the ability to summarize and relay information and details in concise sentences. This is an ability officers use when writing important memos, incident reports, and case summaries.


The second version of the NCJOSI has a cognitive sections that contains approximately 80 questions. It covers the following abilities:

  • Verbal Comprehension – This section measures your ability to comprehend written language.
  • Verbal Expression – This aptitude refers to the ability to communicate information and ideas. Incomplete sentences are presented and you must select the answer options that correctly completes the sentence. Some items require the identification of an incorrectly spelled word. Grammar, vocabulary, word order, and spelling are four of the elements tested.
  • Problem Sensitivity – Your task is to identify problems presented in a written passage. Some questions involve the selection of the most appropriate action to take in order to alleviate the difficulty.
  • Deductive Reasoning – This type of logic concerns the application of rules and regulations to the various aspects of a situation. Expect to see passages containing departmental policies. Each passage is followed by multiple situations. Your job is to apply the policies when determining the best course of action to take for each situation.
  • Inductive Reasoning – The questions presents a scenario, a string of events, or a set of objects. The task is to find the common element, concept, or rule that connects the information/set. Expect to encounter passages, tables, or charts. In daily police work, inductive reasoning is used when reviewing multiple crimes of a similar nature and determining a suspect who is likely to have perpetrated some or all of the criminal actions.
  • Information Ordering – This aptitude involves the ability to apply rules to a scenario for the purpose of logically sequencing information. Questions include the sequencing of procedures by placing five or six statements in their proper order. Select the response that contains the correct sentence sequence.
  • Spatial Orientation – The ability to determine your location within a given city/building/set of structures is the basis of this skill. The NCJOSI tests this aptitude through the use of maps and layouts. Exam items involve directional questions and the identification of the "most direct route."
  • Visualization – This aptitude assesses the skill of mental imagery, tasking you with identifying the original object, pattern, or person after changes in appearance have been made. An original geometric pattern/portrait is presented. You must choose one out of four images that match the original image. The choices may be rotated to a different angle or have some superficial features changed.
  • Selective Attention – Concentration, regardless of distractions, is the focus in Selective Attention.This skill is particularly useful in performing security checks amid commotion and in the recalling of license numbers. Expect a complicated line of letters, numbers, and symbols. You must select the alternative that exactly matches that line.
  • Flexibility of Closure – Finding a face in a crowd is the subject matter of this aptitude. It is assessed through the identification of a key pattern buried within a larger, more cluttered pattern.

Behavioral and Attitudinal Attributes Section

This section consists of 42 statements in the first version of the NCJOSI and 120 in the second version of the NCJOSI. Each statement is followed by a five-point agreement scale: Strongly Agree (1); Agree (2); Not Sure (3); Disagree (4); Strongly Disagree (5). Mark the number that best reflects your attitudes, actions, preferences, and opinions. Be sure to answer every item.

Where You Can Expect the NCJOSI

The NCJOSI test is administered to police applicants in many states:

Alaska Arkansas Illinois Maine Missouri
New Jersey Pennsylvania Oklahoma South Carolina Wisconsin

Prepare for Your NCJOSI Exam

When preparing for the police exam, sample tests are helpful tools as they help familiarize you with the NCJOSI cognitive and behavioral format as well as the types of questions you will encounter. JobTestPrep offers a unique NCJOSI preparation pack that caters to both versions of the test. It also prepares you for both the cognitive and personality aspects of the exam. Using our practice materials will help you increase your exam speed and accuracy, ultimately resulting in an optimized NCJOSI score.

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What's Included

  • Two NCJOSI-2 practice tests, 80 questions each
  • Two NCJOSI-1 practice tests, 35 questions each
  • Personality Profiling with a complete breakdown of the ideal Law Enforcement profile for "Behavioral and Attitudinal Attributes"
  • Reasoning skills for "Inductive Reasoning, Deductive Reasoning, Information Ordering & Problem Sensitivity" & "Problem Solving Ability"
  • Written communications for "Verbal Expression" & "Writing Ability"
  • Reading comprehension for "Verbal Comprehension"
  • Basic math for "Mathematics"
  • Visualization
  • Spatial Orientation
  • Selective Attention
  • Flexibility of Closure
  • Study guides
  • Comprehensive explanations and solving tips for all questions
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