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Written Test Information for Police Officer Testing

 The types of tests administered include:Written Test Picture

1. Standardized Police Officer Test (PO-EL 202-NC (TIP):

Applicants are given a Standardized Police Officer Test Information Packet to read for 25 minutes. The information packet is then collected and applicants are given the Standardized Police Officer Test. This test consists of 100 questions and applicants are allotted 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete this test. The applicant must achieve a 70 correct or better test score to continue to the next test. This test measures the applicant’s abilities to:

  • Remember details
  • Verbal abilities
  • Learn and apply police information
  • Use judgment and logic
  • Follow directions

For anyone interested, study guides for the Standardized Police Officer Test are available for purchase through IPMA's website at International Public Management Association for Human Resources

2. Spelling Test

Applicants are given 25 basic words that would be used in law enforcement. This test is not pass/fail.


3. Report Writing Test

Applicants view or are read a scenario and are allowed to take written notes. After applicants have been given the scenario, they are given 30 minutes to write a report. The report will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Listening skills
  • Written communication skills
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Ability to document information in a clear and concise manner
  • Neatness

This test is not pass/fail.

For additional testing information, please contact Senior Public Safety Analyst Sue Sola at 480-312-1931 or spspstaff@scottsdaleaz.gov.

The Scottsdale Public Safety Personnel Unit reserves the right to change this process.

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