The Law Enforcement Selection Tool (LST) police test was created and designed by IO Solutions to measure various areas related to law enforcement officer performance. The test is made up of two areas non-cognitive traits and cognitive abilities. It is important to know that you do not need to have any specific law enforcement knowledge or skills to pass the LST.
The LST police test contains 120 non-cognitive test questions in Section I and 70 cognitive questions in Section II. You will have 30 minutes to answer the questions in Section I. You have two hours to complete Section II. Once you start Section II, you will not be allowed to make any changes to Section I.
This section of the LST police test has two main categories: work styles (personality test) and biographical data. These sections have two types of questions; behavioral statements and multiple choice questions. The behavioral statements will present an opinion and require you to specify the degree to which you agree or disagree. The multiple choice questions will ask you about your personal experience or behavioral tendencies. You will be given four to five options to choose from.
The cognitive abilities section of the LST assesses seven different areas:
Deductive Reasoning: You will be tested on your ability to apply rules and principles to make decisions on specific situations. You will apply this when dealing with criminal and traffic laws.
Flexibility of Closure: This is the ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. This is applied on the job when looking at pictures and descriptions of suspects.
Inductive Reasoning: This section tests your ability to combine specific pieces of information to arrive at a conclusion. This will apply to the job when you will have multiple pieces of information about a crime scene or incident and then have to make a decision about how to react to the scenario based on that information.
Information Ordering: This tests your ability to identify the best or proper order of given actions or steps. You will apply this on the job when you collect facts from witnesses and then attempt to piece together the sequence of events.
Spatial Orientation: This is the ability to understand how to navigate within spaces or how to get from one point to another. You will do this when you need to travel from point “a” to point “b” to respond to a call or in navigating or searching a building.
Written Comprehension: This section tests your ability to read and understand what is being communicated. This involves an understanding of vocabulary, grammatical structure, punctuation and literary style. As an officer you are required to read and understand policies, directives and tactical plans.
Written Expression: This is the ability to communicate intended thoughts. This ability requires an understanding of vocabulary, grammatical structure, punctuation and syntax. As a law enforcement officer you are responsible for writing incident reports and communicating information through logs and records. It is necessary for you to understand how to spell common words, properly use and pair parts of language, punctuate sentences properly and compose meaningful sentences.
These areas have been proven to be necessary to be successful as a law enforcement officer.
Each sub-section of the cognitive abilities section receives its own score. Same goes for the non-cognitive traits section of the LST police test. The sub-sections are then added to a grade that is based on a 100 point scale. A score of 60% or below is considered a poor result.
We provide free sample questions so that you become familiarized with the types of questions on the exam. We also have custom-made practice tests and study guides to help you assess your cognitive abilities. Preparing for the LST police test will only improve your score and better your chances at becoming a law enforcement officer. Try our LST Practice Pack which includes two full length practice tests along with additional questions and answers to help you achieve your goal of becoming a law enforcement officer.
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