The IPSP Police Test

The IPSP provides police departments with a Written Aptitude Test for entry-level police officers. The testing process is comprised of two parts a Study Period and the Exam Period. You will be given 4 hours and 30 minutes for all parts of the exam.


Study Period

For this part of the exam you will be provided a Study Guide containing a variety of materials, including printed text, line drawings, written instructions, and pictures. The study materials are the basis for the aptitude test which is the second part of the testing process.

You will be given 2 hours and 30 minutes (including instructions and a break) to study and take notes on a Study Guide. Once the study period is over the Study Guide booklet and notes will be collected and then the written exam will begin.


Written Aptitude Test

You will then have 1 hour and 30 minutes to take the written aptitude test. It is divided into four sections:

  • Learn and Apply Knowledge: This section of the exam will evaluate your ability to understand and remember the ideas and facts contained within written materials. The study guide will provide several essays. You must read and learn these materials to answer test questions.
  • Observe and Accurately Describe Events and Objects: This section of the written exam will evaluate your ability to observe, remember, and report details about events and objects. The study guide will present pictures with short scenarios describing an event. For the test, you will be required to recall specific details about the events pictured.
  • Remember Identifying Information: This section will evaluate your ability to remember identifying information about people. The study guide will present photos of people and descriptions. You will need to recognize and select the correct person based on the details presented.
  • Remember Spatial Relationships and Where Objects Are Located: This section will evaluate your ability to recognize and remember the location of objects, and to navigate direction. The study guide will present several blueprints, maps or room layouts with a description that explains the situation.
  • Complete Routine Forms: This section of the exam will evaluate your ability to follow written instructions. As a law enforcement officers you will have to complete many forms and reports, and they must be completed accurately. You will be provided with instructions on how to fill out various forms during the test. The test questions will assess how well you follow instructions for filling out the forms.
  • Communicate Using Appropriate Grammar: This section will assess your ability to effectively communicate. On the exam, you will be asked to answer questions that measure your ability to use correct grammar and punctuation. These questions are based on standard English grammar and punctuation.
  • Communicate in Writing – Spelling: This section of the examination will assess your ability to effectively communicate in writing. You will be asked to answer questions that measure your ability to spell words correctly. The words on the test will be drawn from the essays presented in Section 1 of the study guide. Therefore, be sure that you know how to spell difficult words contained in the essays.

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