What Is a Police Suitability Test?

A police suitability test is a written pre-employment exam taken by law enforcement applicants as a measure of cognition. The term "suitability test" actually refers to any number of cognition tests designed for law enforcement candidate selection.

1 Identification

Suitability tests are taken in conjunction with a battery of tests for law enforcement applicants. Aside from cognition, suitability tests may include math, vocabulary, grammar, reading, logic, and personality assessment questions.

2 Content

Each question deals directly with job-related scenarios and criterion. Therefore, it is an effective measure of applicant suitability.

3 Types

Cognition tests specifically designed as “suitability” determinants include Police Officer Selection Test (POST), Law Enforcement Candidate Record (LECR), and Law Enforcement Selection Inventory.

4 Additional Requirements

In addition to written cognition tests, police officer selection typically involves a physical agility test, an oral interview, psychological testing, background checks, and drug screening.

5 Optional Requirements

Writing samples and polygraph tests are among the additional forms of testing used by law enforcement agencies when selecting police officers.

Dale Mann is a freelance writer who has been writing professionally since 2009. Mann has been published in "How to Think Like a Leader" by author Maria Berdusco, "The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review" and in the oral history production, "New Kensington Is..." He is a 2009 graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism communications.