Police Exam

Police Test Study Guide has put together the most comprehensive range of police exam questions and full-length practice tests that prepare you for the needs and demands of the 2021 police test.

Types of Police Question.

Candidates must prepare for all types of police question. Here, we review the details you need to know.

MCQs form the backbone of police test questions. Here, you are asked a question and offered 4 possible answers. You are asked to either select the correct answer, or to select the “most accurate” answer from the choices provided.

During the reading comprehension test, you may also be asked true/false type questions. Here, you must be careful to read, re-read and triple read the paragraph in question. True/false questions can be deceptive. You need to take your time.

Don't underestimate the value of educated guesswork. By eliminating just one of the possible answers, you increase the probability of choosing the right answer by 8%. If you eliminate 2 answers, this jumps to 25%. So even if you don't have a clue what the answer is, try to "work out" what cannot logically / possibly be true. It can make all the difference!

The police polygraph exam establishes whether you are being deceptive.

Police written test examines your critical thinking and comprehension skills

The fitness exam tests your strength, versatility and cardiovascular ability

The oral board exam tests your suitability to the role of a police officer.

Sample Police Exam Questions.

Take a few minutes to review some of our sample questions. Here, we review the type of question
you can expect as well as detailing our comprehensive answer explanations to
help plug any gaps in your police test knowledge.

Math Test

Written Exam


Welcome to your Police Math Quiz

1. Mr. Robinson’s bail was set at $14,000. The judge declared that 15% must be paid in cash before he can be released. How much should Mr. Robinson pay?
2. A driver was found speeding and, as the vehicle stopped, it skidded 10 feet and 14 inches. The accident report states that only inches should be listed. How many inches was the vehicle speeding for?
3. Los Angeles Police Department has, on review, 10 male officers to every 4 female officers. What is the ratio of male:female officers in the department?
4. A squad car chased a target vehicle for 160 miles at a speed of 80 miles per hour. Upon reprimanding the suspect, they returned to the police station at 40 miles per hour. In total, what is the average speed per hour that the squad car traveled?
5. A flying object has traveled a total distance of 1,800 miles in 20 days flying 12 hours each day. What is the average speed that the flying object was traveling?
6. The average salary of a police officer in Arizona is $52,674, which is 11 percent more than the national average. What is the national average?
7. Two-fifths of police officers at New York Police Department are female. If there are 36,000 police officers, how many officers are male?
8. As of 2019, San Antonio Police Department covers an area of 465.4 square miles, with a population of approximately 1.5 million. On average, how many people live in 12 square miles of San Antonio Police Department?
9. The odometer on a squad car shows that the police officer traveled 1,478 miles over the past 12 days. On average, how many miles are covered in 5 days?
10. A victim of theft was lucky to have 40% of her stolen money returned. If she received $60, how much was originally stolen from her?

Welcome to your Police Written Exam Quiz

1. The _____________ determined that there was enough evidence to warrant an arrest.
2. If 30 percent of the police department workforce is 27,000 staff, how many staff work at the police department?
3. The delinquent committed a misdemeanor to excede the speed limit, leading to the deaths of 2 people. She was arrested at the crime scene. Which of these words is spelled incorrectly?
4. A subpoena was issued to compel the attendance of an important witness. The defendent was then arraigned in court. Which of the following words is spelled incorrectly?
5. The sheriff had little difficulty _____________ house.
6. The offense of willfully telling an untruth or making a misrepresentation under oath.
7. A police officer stopped a van to investigate what it was carrying. On inspection, it was carrying 4 parcels of drug – each of which weighed 2.4 kilos. A further 2 containers of the same drug were hidden in the back, each weighing 4,200 grams. If the cost per kilo of drug is $800 per 400 grams, what value of drug was the driver carrying in his van?
8. The wall was a hindrance. Regardless, officers ascended the wall and found the suspect and apprehended him. He had a laceration to his right temple but was still able to undergo a rigorous interogation. Which of the following words is spelled incorrectly?
9. It was challenging to find the burglar. Eventually though, Officer Simmons saw what appeared to be a silhouette. The culprit was wanted for crimes of theft, as well as for being part of a wider network that developed counterfit notes. Which of the following words is spelled incorrectly?
10. Officer Brenton and _____ traveled to the county sheriff’s department.
11. The alibi could not be trusted on several fronts. He aggravated the situation at a time where he claims not to have been involved. An ambulence was called, and the medical team do not corroborate his claims either. Though an affidavit was signed, there is enough evidence to suggest that the alibi was himself involved. Which of the following words is spelled incorrectly?
12. An injury in which the skin is not broken.
13. A person who gains sexual pleasure from watching others when they are naked or engaged in sexual activity.
14. A published false statement that is damaging to a person's reputation.
15. The average salary of a police officer in Arizona is $52,674, which is 11 percent more than the national average. What is the national average?


This section measures reading comprehension. You are expected to read the passages below and answer questions on this passage. None of these questions are intended to reflect existing local, state or federal legislation. Instead, the purpose of the quiz is to establish your skill when it comes to reading passages of text and discerning the correct and most accurate meaning. To pass the police practice test below, you are required to achieve a score of 80% or greater.


Police in Central City have decided to implement new vehicular restrictions upon the city. The purpose of these restrictions is three-fold – first, to reduce congestion within the city center. Second, to reduce overall levels of pollution and, third, to promote the use of public transportation.

As part of this effort, vehicles will be given different license plates depending upon their individual circumstances. No one vehicle has more than one license plate, except if deemed necessary by the appropriate police authority.

The first license plate, K, is for delivery vehicles to transit goods between 6am and 11am and from 2pm to 6pm on weekdays only. The second plate, R, is for business owners within the city center who need access to their premises throughout the week, though only via off-street parking. Private vehicles may transit through the city center if they are issued a X license plate, though they are only allowed to travel on Mondays, Tuesday, and Fridays. Private vehicles with a Y plate are permitted to travel on those days and weekends too. F licenses are issued to vehicles that operate emergency services license plates at any time, where parking is permitted along any zone.

License plates are issued depending on the citizen, their line of work and relationship to the city, as well as what service, if any, they provide to that city. Licenses may be revoked at any time and for any reason, if but not exclusively because a threat to the city was deemed possible. Though this has not yet manifested, it may happen in the future and so caution is warranted.

Welcome to your Police Reading Comprehension Quiz

1. Vehicles that are permitted to travel through the city at 3pm on Thursday.
2. All private vehicles can travel in the city center on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.
3. Which of the following statements is most accurate?
4. How many license plates is it possible for one vehicle to own?
5. How many hours per week are delivery vehicles permitted to travel through the city center?
6. Michael is a firefighter who works in Central City at weekends only. What license plate will Michael be issued?
7. Maria drives a Ford Focus and works in the city center as an accountant. On Thursdays, she starts work early and wants to travel into the city by car. What license will Maria be issued?

Maximize Your Result on
Exam Day.

You must take as many police practice tests as
possible. The more questions you try,the more you
learn about your strengths and weaknesses and – more
importantly – how to turn those weaknesses into strengths.

Top 7 Tips to Improve Your Test Result

Re-read each question, even twice, before answering

Always eliminate answers you know
to be false

Never guess; have
an educated guess instead

Never spend a disproportionate amount of time on 1 question

Trust your instinct; it helps you make sense of questions

Have confidence that you know more than you think you do

Never rush through the exam; pace yourself throughout the test

How did you score on the three tests above? Found them difficult? That’s
a good thing.

That means you’ve learned something; and it gives you the benchmark of the standard you need to achieve. Now you need to take the police test!

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