2023 Edition

Police Practice Test

Take this free police practice test to see the types of questions on the real officer entrance exam. All answers are fully explained and the test is applicable to all police departments. Many police departments and law enforcement agencies use the National Police Officer Selection Test (POST), which focuses primarily on math, reading comprehension, grammar and writing skills.

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1. Officer Smith often works as a drug-use prevention officer in the local public schools. He visits three schools a week, 40 weeks out of the year. How many schools does he visit in a year?
2. A robbery suspect has been arrested. The judge in the case has set bail at one million dollars. The bail bondsman requires a 10% deposit to issue a bail bond. What portion of the one million dollars does the robbery suspect need to pay to get the bail bond?

Select the word or phrase that most clearly means the same as the underlined word.

When the suspect refused to open the door, the police executed the search warrant and took the door off of its hinges.


Identify the misspelled word in the following sentence.

The surprising news anemated the conversation amongst the group.


Solve the following:

18 - 3 + (- 5) =

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6. Cindy goes to her bank to withdraw some money from her account. She has a balance of $527.41. She withdraws $250.00. What is the balance of her account after the withdrawal?

Starting from the ground floor, John takes an elevator to the 10th floor. John then goes down 2 floors and up 8 floors. John is on what floor?


The witnesses said that ______ staying at a local motel.

9. "The shooting occured early Monday morning, at 3:27." Which word is misspelled?

Select the sentence that is correctly written.

11. Select the sentence that is correctly written.
12. Use the following information to answer questions 12-14.

A local pharmacy has been burglarized. The following is a summary of the kinds of drugs that were stolen and their total value: Narcotics $7,000; Barbiturates $4,000; Analgesics $9,500; and Other $3,000. What category of drugs represents the most expensive loss to the pharmacy?
13. What was the total value of the stolen goods?
14. What category of drugs represents the least expensive loss to the pharmacy?

Read the following passage once and answer questions 15 - 17. Do not refer back to the passage to answer the following questions.

The city has a policy that searches can be conducted on an employee's locker, desk or city-owned vehicle at any time, with or without the employee's presence. Officer Randall is asked by his supervisor to search the desk of the City Controller, an elected official, due to the report of a city worker that the City Controller was seen smoking marijuana behind the city building and putting a baggie with a green leafy substance in his desk about one hour ago. When the City Controller's secretary refused to allow the search, Officer Randall showed the secretary a written copy of the city policy. The secretary called the City Controller, who was out on a job site, inspecting a city owned warehouse. He informed the secretary to refuse the search on the basis that he is an elected official. Officer Randall forced his way past the secretary and went through the City Controller's desk. Nothing incriminating was found. The secretary sustained a broken arm as a result of the incident. The city worker who reported the City Controller was known to have much animosity toward the City Controller because the City Controller suspended the city worker the previous month for tardiness.

On what basis does Officer Randall seek to search the desk of the City Controller?


The City Controller does not agree to the search on basis that he is an elected official. Which of the following states his position in another way?

17. Which of the following is a true statement based on the passage?

How many people are referenced in the passage?

19. Which of the following sentences is not grammatically correct?
20. Their were two cars involved in the accident that happened Monday morning at the corner of Broadway and Third Street. Which word is misspelled?

Jane’s monthly income in the year 2020 was $48,200, where 14% of her salary was withheld for income tax. In the year 2021, her monthly salary was $51,800, where 16% of her income was withheld for income tax. What was her average take home pay during the years 2020-2021?


There were five ____________ to the crime.


During a 10 day period, Officer Mandel drove his patrol motorcycle 1,320 miles. If he drove 105 miles on one day, how many miles did he average on the other days?


Officer Perry prepared a police report on a theft from a hardware store. He listed the stolen property as follows:

Air Compressor - $600

Drill - $100

Electric Saw - $250

Copper Pipe - $500

What is the total value of the stolen property?


What is the value of the goods in question 24 not including the electric saw?


Which term is opposite in meaning from the underlined word in the following sentence?

The women seemed to be inebriated when giving her statement to the police officer.


What term is the same in meaning as the word underlined in the following sentence?

The victim's arm was lacerated in the accident.


Read the following scenario and answer questions 28 - 31.

In an effort to cut down on traffic and air pollution in the center of town, an ordinance is enacted and signed by the mayor that forbids certain size trucks from entering the city limts, except delivery trucks which have either to drop off or pick up goods or other materials from local businesses or residences. To enter the city, delivery vehicles must first obtain a special permit from the office of licenses and permits and display the permit on the front windshield. The ordinance authorizes the police to ticket any truck in the city not displaying a permit.

On May 2nd, Officer Brown saw a truck go by him in the town without a permit displayed. He pulled the truck over and questioned the driver. The driver said he was from out-of-town and was not aware of the ordinance. Officer Brown gave the driver a warning and told him to either drive out of the city or, if he was making a delivery, to go to the office of license and permits to get a permit. The driver was compliant and drove out of the town. On May 10th, Officer Brown saw the same truck and driver in the town, again without the required permit. The driver apologized and said he did not know he was in the city limits. Officer Brown ticketed the driver.

The driver appealed his ticket and a hearing was held in the city on May 28th. The judge was not sympathetic to the driver's excuse, as there was a sign giving notice of the city limit just down the street that the driver had passed when entering the city limits. When Officer Brown was leaving the courthouse, he noticed the driver had parked his truck in a lot down the street. Officer Brown was surprised to see that the truck failed to display the required permit. Officer Brown put a ticket on the front windshield of the truck and went about his day.

Why did Officer Brown ticket the driver the first time?


Why was the judge not swayed by the driver's excuse?


Based on the driver's conduct after the warning, what can be inferred from the passage?

31. On what date did the driver get his first ticket?

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Police Sergeant Tyler Nelson
 is a 13 year police veteran who currently works with the Mohave County Sheriff's department in Arizona. Officer Nelson has taught several courses in law enforcement. During his career, he has worked as a patrol officer, SWAT medic and field training officer. Officer Nelson holds a Master Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Southern Utah University.

Mark Mellett
 is a former Assistant District Attorney from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in gun and drug cases. Prior to work as an ADA, Mark served in the U.S. Navy JAG Corp as a prosecutor. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree from the Duquesne University School of Law.