Police Officer Selection Testing

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Police Officer Selection Test (POST) Information Packet
POST Test Order Form 

Test Options

The Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police offers two forms of this test. One is scored by the individual department/municipality (self-scored) and the other is scored by Stanard & Associates with results provided within 10 working days.

Agency-Scored Exam
(Discounts for larger quantity orders)
$18.50 each ($1.00 Discount for TACP members)

Exams Scored by Stanard & Associates
(Discounts for larger quantity orders)
$24.50 each ($1.00 Discount for TACP members)

Examiner Manual 
(Required for agency-scored test)
$10.00 each

Administrator Guide
(Required for S&A scored tests)
$8.00 each

Study Guide 
$4.00 each

*The exams and study guides are available for purchase from the TACP to Tennessee agencies only. The TACP does not provide exams or study guides to individuals.

Stanard & Associates, Inc., a Chicago-based firm of psychologists, began working in the area of police testing in 1976. Over the years, their work with police agencies consistently indicated a need for an instrument to assess skills such as reading comprehension, writing ability and arithmetic and grammar proficiency before candidates progressed further in the selection process. So S&A initiated an extensive review of existing entry-level police tests targeted for a national market. This confirmed the need for a relatively short and easy exam to determine whether an entry-level police applicant possessed adequate basic reading, writing/grammar and mathematics skills.

To meet this need, Stanard & Associates developed the National Police Officer Selection Test (POST), a content-valid, job-related, fair and objective pre-employment test designed to identify those candidates who have the essential basic skills necessary to perform successfully as a police officer.

The Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police Testing Service

The Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police joins 24 other state associations of chiefs of police in providing the National Police Officer Selection Test (POST). Currently, the following state associations have all partnered with Stanard & Associates in providing the National POST: Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. All of these associations thoroughly researched the available exam programs and determined that those offered by Stanard & Associates, Inc. were of the highest quality and the best fit.

In addition, the POST has been mandated as the statewide entry-level test by the states of Iowa, Utah, and Wyoming. All of these agencies and municipalities thoroughly researched the available exams and determined that those offered by Stanard & Associates were of the highest quality.

The National Police Officer Selection Test (POST) is an entry-level basic skills test that helps law enforcement agencies select the most qualified applicants by ensuring that candidates possess the basic cognitive skills necessary to successfully perform the job. The POST is a valid, job-related test designed specifically for law enforcement use, which measures four basic skills: Arithmetic, Reading Comprehension, Grammar and Incident Report Writing.

Increase your department's cost effectiveness and productivity by using the POST as your initial screening tool to identify candidates meeting your requirements.

Why use the POST?

  • Inexpensive and efficient selection tool
  • Four different forms are available
  • Easy to administer
  • Can be scored by the department or by Stanard & Associates, Inc.
  • Consists of questions directly related to police tasks
  • Backed up by extensive research and development
  • Employs content and criterion-related validity
  • Is associated with higher training academy performance
  • Developed in accordance with EEOC and professional guidelines
  • Complies with ADA requirements

The POST exam is used for police officer selection by a variety of agencies and municipalities in Tennessee. 

If you have any questions, please contact Becky Shanklin, Member Services Manager, at (615) 726-8227.