Police Officer Selection Test (P.O.S.T)


The Police Officer Selection Test (POST) is given on a walk-in-basis; no appointment is needed during our testing hours listed below. The cost of the test is $30.00. You can purchase a POST study guide in the DATC Bookstore for $5.00. You must bring Picture I.D. to test. It takes approximately two weeks after the test is taken to receive test results.

Monday 7:45am - 2:30pm
Tuesday 7:45am - 6:00pm
Thursday 7:45am - 2:30pm

The POST test is used by police officer training programs in Utah as a selection criterion for entrance into their programs of study. The test is made up of four separately timed test sections. The first three sections, Mathematics, Reading Comprehension and Grammar utilize the multiple-choice and true/false formats. The fourth section, Incident Report Writing, requires you to write your answers in complete sentences in the spaces provided in the test booklet. Though most of the questions in the test battery relate to police duty, no prior knowledge of law or law enforcement will be needed to answer the questions. Each section is timed.

SECTION I - Mathematics (20 minutes)

In this section of the exam you will be provided with situations that require the use of basic arithmetic. You will read each situation and solve the problem. You are not allowed to use a calculator. Scratch paper will be provided in the test booklet.

SECTION II - Reading Comprehension (25 minutes)

In this section you will read passages relating to police duty and then answer questions based on these passages. No prior knowledge of law or law enforcement will be need to answer the questions. Three different types of questions will be asked in this section. They are true/false questions, questions in which you will be asked to choose the correct answer according to the information presented in the passage, and questions in which you will be asked to choose the alternative that best completes the sentence.

SECTION III - Grammar (15 minutes)

This section of the exam requires you to identify errors in grammar, punctuation, or spelling. There are two types of questions. The first type presents incomplete sentences and you are to choose the alternative that best completes the sentence. The second type presents sentences that contain a spelling error and you are to choose the alternative that contains the misspelled word.

SECTION IV - Report Writing (15 minutes)

This section tests your writing skills. You will use the information contained on a sample incident report form to answer questions that follow. All of your answers must contain the correct information and be written in complete sentences. The sentences must be grammatically correct and all words should be correctly spelled.