New Test Versions and Reading Lists Available (PSUP, PL, PDET, FCO)

Due to recent updates to the published source material for our series of Police Supervisor (PSUP), Police Lieutenant (PL), Fire Company Officer (FCO), and Police Detective (PDET), we have decided to update several of the test questions that appear in those test forms.  In addition, we have updated the reading lists belonging to each test to reflect the most current published source material.

To assist our customers in more easily recognizing which test version they are administering, we have reprinted the new tests under new names. The new tests correspond to the old ones and have undergone changes as follows:

If you’ve already distributed the reading lists for any of the older versions of these tests, then you do not need to take any further action to redistribute a new reading list. When you order your test, just make sure to order the test that matches the reading list you provided to your candidates. We will retain sufficient stock of the existing tests to accommodate those processes that have already begun.

At this point forward, we will be providing the updated reading lists for all new orders. If you’d like to request the new reading list, you may do so here: http://ipma-hr.org/assessment/support/readinglist.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about this update.

For more information on each of these tests, please visit: http://ipma-hr.org/assessment/tests/police

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2nd Edition Firefighter Study Guide Now Available

We are excited to announce the 2nd edition of our Firefighter Candidate Study Guide!

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The 2nd edition now offer a full 100 item practice test as well as:

  • 25 item answers explained
  • Frequently Asked Questions about the Fire Tests
  • Content area review
  • Analysis of question types and answer approaches
  • Test day tips

This study guide can be used to study for all 6 of our Entry Level Firefighter Exams; including the FF-EL 100, 200, and 300 series.

You can have candidates buy individual guides or as with all other candidate study guides, we offer reduced prices for agency purchases.

New Entry Level Police Test

In case you haven’t heard we now have a replacement test for the retired PO-EL 203-NC test. This new test, the PO-EL 204-NC, is an exact replica of the old test and can be utilized in the same exact way.

The new test assesses critical abilities of an entry-level police officer candidate. Criterion-related validation studies show that this test effectively predicts performance in both the police academy and on the job. No prior police training or experience is assumed.

The test is still 100 items, with a 1 hour 45 minutes time limit (plus 25 minutes for the Test Information Packet). It also features the same content areas:

PO-EL 204-NC (TIP) Test
Content Area Number of Items
Observation & Memory (Wanted Posters) 25
Ability to Learn Police Material 25
Police Interest Questionnaire (Non-Cognitive) 30
Situational Judgment, Problem Solving &
Reading Comprehension
20
Total 100

Remember you must be a TSA Signer in order to request a FREE inspection copy or order a test.

Introducing the new FCO 400 Series

We are excited to introduce our new 400 Series Fire Company Officer Tests. These tests were designed to assess whether candidates have the competencies to perform successfully at the rank of fire company officer (i.e., lieutenant, captain) in a fire department. FCO 401-EM and FCO 402-EM were designed for those departments that perform emergency medical (EM) services. The series is comprised of four tests:

These tests are meant to fully replace the two Fire Company Officer A and A with EM tests we’ve been offering for the past year, and more fully reflect the FCO 300 Series that were offered in Spring 2014 and earlier.

Feel free to request the reading list for these 4 tests. The reading list is quite different from the Fire Company Officer A and A with EM tests because two books are now in new editions. Continue reading

Fire Company Officer Tests Updated to New Versions

Due to recent updates to the published source material for our series of Fire Company Officer tests, FCO 101-EM, FCO 102-EM, FCO 103 and FCO 104, we have had to make updates to some of the test questions that appear in those test forms.

As a result of these updates, we are reprinting the tests under new names. The new tests correspond to the old ones as follows:

If you’ve already distributed the reading lists for any of the FCO 100 series tests then you do not need to take any further action to redistribute a new reading list. When you order your test, just make sure to order the test that matches the reading list you provided to your candidates. We will retain sufficient stock of the existing tests to accommodate those processes that have already begun.

At this point forward, we will be providing the FCO 200 series reading lists. If you’d like to request the new reading list, you may do so here.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about this update.

POSIS: Police Officer Structured Interview System Now Available

After over a year of development, we are excited to announce the launch of our new Police Officer Structured Interview System, or POSIS for short!

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POSIS is a comprehensive product that can provide your agency with a high quality assessment tool. The POSIS system provides everything you need to:

Plan a successful and timely oral interview process.

Train panel members on the structure, questions and rating guidelines of the system.

Assess candidates on a variety of documented KSAPS, including personal experience, problem solving and thinking under pressure.

In order to Plan, Train and Assess your police officer candidates, POSIS includes the following manuals and booklets to make implementing the system as simple as possible:

  • Administrator’s Manual: Provides an overview of the POSIS and its materials, as well as details on how to plan, administer and score the process.
  • Panelist Trainer’s Manual & PowerPoint with Videos: Guides your designated trainer in efficiently preparing your panelists, the individuals who will observe and rate your police officer candidates. The PowerPoint presentation includes video vignettes simulating candidates as they answer each oral interview question. This provides your panelists with a valuable opportunity to learn the POSIS system and practice rating candidate responses before they see actual candidates.
  • Panelist Booklet: Used by your panelists while rating applicants. The oral interview questions are within, plus rating scales and benchmarks to take into consideration during scoring. Instructions also include information on how to administer a fair, reliable, accurate and defensible oral examination.
  • Score sheets: Used by your panelists for scoring each individual candidate, with space to take notes on candidate responses to each question.
  • Sample Forms: A number of premade forms and documents, some optional and some necessary for running the process.

Our goal with POSIS is to provide law enforcement agencies with a complete solution for conducting structured and defensible oral interviews. Everything you need is included!

POSIS is available in two versions: Form A and Form B. Each version includes seven oral interview questions for candidates to respond to and four of those questions are unique to each version. POSIS costs $975 plus $11 per candidate going through the system.

More information about POSIS is available with a free inspection copy, which goes into more detail on the many parts of the product and provides a summary of each question asked on the two forms. A Technical Report detailing the development of POSIS is also included. To request an Inspection Copy please call 1-800-381-TEST or email assessment@ipma-hr.org

If you have additional questions about this product please check out the POSIS FAQ.