California Police Officer Exam Study Guide 2019-2020

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You probably think this is a typical study guide. However, Trivium Test Prep’s unofficial California Police Officer Exam Study Guide 2019-2020:  PELLET B Exam Prep and Practice Test Questions for the Post Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery isn't like other study guides. Because we know you value your time, our unofficial study guide includes a quick yet full review of everything on the test with real examples, graphics, and information. Trivium Test Prep’s NEW California Police Officer Exam Study Guide 2019-2020 gives you the edge you need to score higher and pass the first time.

Best of all, Trivium Test Prep’s NEW California Police Officer Exam Study Guide 2019-2020 offers you:

  • A full review of what you need to know for the PELLET B exam

  • PELLET B practice questions for you to practice and improve and worked through practice problems with explanations

  • Test tips and strategies to help you score higher

  • Real world examples

Our California Police Officer Exam prep book covers all the material that will be on your exam, including:

  • Writing

  • Reading Comprehension


… and also comes with two FULL PELLET B practice tests, so that you will be ready on test day.

But before you buy California Police Officer Exam Study Guide 2019-2020, you may find yourself wondering, what is the PELLET B? What is on the PELLET B? How is the PELLET B scored? How is the PELLET B administered? Can I retake the PELLET B? We are the PELLET B experts, and we are happy to answer all your questions below!

Some Frequently Asked Questions about the PELLET B…

What is the PELLET B?

The Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) uses the PELLETB to measure test takers’ writing and reading abilities and to determine the likelihood of an examinee’s success in law enforcement. It is the gateway for admittance into the basic academy, where you will learn about police procedure and the law. The PELLETB is simply a measure of your communication skills and does not cover police procedure; that is covered in the academy.

This study guide contains a concise but comprehensive review of all sections tested on the PELLETB. It also includes two practice exams, each composed of 65 multiple-choice questions and 40 cloze questions, just like the actual exam. Inside, you will also find tips, tricks, and comprehensive explanations for each testing area. The appendix contains study words related to law enforcement to improve spelling and vocabulary.

What is on the PELLET B?

The PELLET B consists of 105 questions. All the questions are multiple-choice except for those on the cloze subtest, which uses a fill-in-the-blank format. You will have two hours and thirty minutes to complete the exam.

PELLETB Content (105 total questions):

  • Writing (45 questions)

The writing section of the exam is divided into three subtests. Each subtest contains fifteen questions as outlined below:

    • Clarity (15)

    • Spelling (15)

    • Vocabulary (15)

The clarity subtest tests grammar and your ability to write concisely and with clarity. The questions are presented as two sentences. You will be prompted to identify and select the sentence that is most clearly and correctly written. This subtest includes only the most common grammatical errors, which will be discussed later in this review.

The spelling subtest tests your ability to spell commonly misspelled words. The questions are presented in the form of a sentence with a word missing, designated by a blank space. Keeping the sentence context in mind, you must choose the correctly spelled word option from the list of answer choices. This subtest does not use words from a specific list, so you should study as many common words related to law enforcement as possible. A list of words to study for spelling is included in this book in the appendix.

The vocabulary subtest tests your ability to understand words commonly used in law enforcement–related documents and communications. The questions are presented as sentences with one word underlined. You will be prompted to choose the most accurate synonym or definition, given the sentence context, from the answer choices. This subtest does not use words from a specific list, so you should study as many common words related to law enforcement as possible. As with spelling, lists of common prefixes, suffixes, root words, and vocabulary are provided in this book.

  • Reading (60 questions)

The reading section of the exam is divided into two subtests: a multiple-choice reading comprehension subtest and the cloze test. This section contains a total of sixty questions: twenty multiple-choice reading comprehension questions and a forty-question cloze test.

    • Reading comprehension (20)

    • Cloze (40)

The reading comprehension subtest tests your ability to read and understand what is being communicated in short- and moderate-length passages. The questions are presented after the passage in the form of a “question stem” followed by several answer choices. There will likely be multiple question stems related to one passage. You will be prompted to select answer choices based on the information contained in the passage. This subtest covers only common concepts. All the information needed to answer questions is contained within the passage.

The cloze subtest tests English language proficiency in conjunction with the context of an entire passage. The questions are presented as blank spaces throughout a moderate-length passage. Only the first and last sentences of the passage are complete. Between those sentences, every seventh word is removed from the passage and replaced with a set of dashed lines. Each dash represents one letter contained in the deleted word. You will be prompted to determine the missing word and fill in the blanks from your own vocabulary, based on the context of the passage. All removed words can be deduced from the context. There may be more than one correct choice to fill in a specific blank, but each word choice must be logical and fit within the context of the passage.

How is the PELLET B scored?

Your raw score (the number of questions you answer correctly) will be converted into your T-score. Simply put, the T-score reflects how well you did against everyone else who took the test. POST provides a distribution, or a bell-shaped curve, with a midpoint, or average, of 50 and a standard deviation of 10. A T-score of 50 reflects average performance compared to all the other applicants who took the test. A score of 40 or below would be below average. A T-score of 60 or above is above average. There is no “passing” score; agencies and academies require different scores, so check with yours to determine your target T-score. You will receive a score report that details the number of questions you answered correctly in each section and that also gives your percentile rank, which shows how you did in comparison with other test takers. Each agency has its own entrance requirements, so be sure to check the requirements of the institutions you want to attend so you can set appropriate goals for yourself.

How is the PELLET B administered?

The PELLETB is administered by POST-participating law enforcement agencies and academies, not by POST itself. To register for the exam, you must directly contact the participating agency or academy where you are applying. The PELLETB is a pencil-and-paper test; it is not offered as a computer-administered test, nor is it available online. You must test at a location in the state of California. There is no penalty for guessing, so if you do not know the answer to a question, guess. You may get it right! Guesswork is still a matter of deduction; eliminate as many choices as possible before making a guess between the remaining answers.

On test day, arrive early. Check with the facility or participating agency to make sure you know what type of identification to bring (usually government-issued photo identification). Bring at least two sharpened No. 2 pencils. Personal belongings, cell phones, and other electronic, photographic, recording, or listening devices are not permitted in the testing center. Many testing centers offer lockers to secure your personal items, but you should check beforehand with the facility to be sure storage is available.

Can I retake the PELLET B?

You may test only once in a thirty-day period; you may retest on the thirty-first day or later. If you retest within thirty days with a different agency, your test results will be invalidated.

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So…how else can I prepare for the PELLET B?

To help you prepare for your PELLET B test, we have developed a list of 35 test taking tips that have been shown to be very helpful for students of all ages and backgrounds when taking standardized tests. They cover everything. from what to do the night before the big day, to what to eat for breakfast, to thoughts on how to handle your caffeine to tips you can use during the actual exam.

Our first set of tips focus on what you can do the night before to help you prepare for the day of your PELLET B exam.

1. Study hard for the PELLET B with our PELLET B practice test in the days before the exam but take it easy the night before and do something relaxing rather than studying and cramming. This will help decrease anxiety, allow you to get a better night’s sleep, and be more mentally fresh during the big exam. Watch a light-hearted movie, read a favorite book, or take a walk, for example.

2. Pack your bag or lay out your essentials the night before. Make sure to include at least two forms of ID, your admission ticket or confirmation, pencils, a high protein, easy to eat snack, bottled water, and any necessary medications. You will be less stressed the morning of, and less likely to forget anything important.

3. Map out your route to the test center the night before. If you are driving, take traffic into account, especially if you are driving during rush hour.  If you really want to be thorough you can visit where the exam is going to be beforehand, so you know exactly where you are going the day of the test. Use your phone or the internet to check for traffic updates before leaving, in case you need to take an alternate route.

4. Spend the hour before bed avoiding television, your computer, cell phone, or social media. The bright screens and overload of data can keep your brain buzzing come bedtime.

Once you’ve taken all the necessary steps you can to be prepared for exam day, our next group of tips will help you concentrate on how to get your best night’s sleep, which is critical to being sharp and alert during your PELLET B exam.

5. Make sure you give yourself your usual amount of sleep, preferably at least 7-8 hours. You may find you need even more sleep. Pay attention to how much you sleep in the days before the exam, and how many hours it takes for you to feel refreshed. This will allow you to be as sharp as possible during the PELLET B test and make fewer simple mistakes.

6. Set your alarm early enough that you have plenty of time to have a well-balanced breakfast and avoid rushing in the morning to get ready. Rushing tends to get your sympathetic nervous system going and you risk being mentally fatigued by the time you start taking your PELLET B.

7. Don’t use sedatives like Benadryl or NyQuil to fall asleep. These medications often remain in your body long after you have taken them, meaning you will still be drowsy during the exam and potentially up to 24 hours after taking them.

8. With all the extra adrenaline flowing through your bloodstream the night before a big test, it is not uncommon to feel more anxiety than usual. Focus on thinking positive thoughts, which will decrease this anxiety, help you relax and fall asleep. One way to stay positive is to imagine a happy or fun story or scene. If you have a negative thought or find yourself returning to the exam, acknowledge this thought and let it “drift away” while you continue to fixate on the story or images you have in your mind until you finally fall asleep.

Now that you’re ready to get a full night’s sleep, here are some great tips to help you get through the morning and those critical hours before the big exam.

9. Don't forget to take any vitamins or medications you would usually take in the mornings before you leave for the test center. It is important that you keep your body – and schedule – as normal as possible to ensure you are calm and collected come test-taking time.

10. Dress in loose, comfortable clothes and wear layers. Also, wear comfortable and breathable shoes. Although you will be seated, you don't want tight, restrictive clothing to serve as a distraction. Also consider wearing natural fabrics such as cotton, which help wick away body moisture and let the skin “breathe.”

11. Many testing locations keep their air conditioner on high. You want to remember to bring a sweater or jacket in case the test center is too cold, as you never know how hot or cold the testing location could be. Remember, while you can always adjust for heat by removing layers, if you’re cold, you’re cold.  

12. Eat a breakfast with protein, fiber and good fats, such as eggs, avocado, oatmeal, whole-grain toast, berries, or nuts - all of which keep you full longer and your brain healthy. A breakfast burrito with a whole grain-tortilla, eggs, beans, spinach and salsa would be an ideal and delicious example. While whole grains can be a great part of a balanced meal, make sure to avoid a breakfast high in simple carbs such as yogurt (Greek yogurt is an exception, because of its high protein content), cereal, or high sugar fruits such as bananas, which can cause your blood sugar to rise and then crash during the exam. This crash can lead to mistakes towards the end of the exam, and once you crash, you might tend to really want the exam to be over, meaning you will be less thorough than you normally would be in your best state of mind.

13. Use caffeine as you normally would, and as sparingly as possible. Coffee, energy drinks, tea, chocolate and many soft drinks all contain caffeine. Therefore, be smart about what you put into your body. Just as with high carb or high sugar drinks and foods, many people tend to crash 3 to 4 hours after ingesting caffeinated products. Some products, such as coffee, also increase an individual’s need to use the restroom, something you want to avoid when you’re in the middle of a timed test like the PELLET B. Carefully consider how caffeinated products affect you, and how long your test is before you decide to consume caffeinated products. However, if you are a habitual coffee drinker, for example, you want to consider the cons of avoiding caffeine. In a coffee drinker’s case, taking your exam without any caffeine could result in you not being in your peak mental state, and your score could seriously suffer.

14. Bring an energizing snack to leave in your bag that doesn’t require refrigeration and isn’t messy or difficult to eat. Some good examples include protein bars or almonds. Although stress from the test may tempt you, don't rely on sweets with fast carbohydrates from a vending machine at the test center. Remember, foods like these will cause you to crash and lose focus during your exam. Bring water, not sugary soda or sports drinks. The only time you should consider using fast carbs is when you know you only have 30-45 minutes left and you need a quick boost of energy to power through it. Keep in mind, however, that many exams do not permit eating during testing, so keep into consideration when your break times are, how long they are, and at what point during the test they occur.

15. If you find that you have extra time and have made flashcards or a “cheat sheet” while studying, go through the high yield subjects, as well as ones you might be struggling with, before the PELLET B. Reviewing these subjects will help store them in your short-term memory and you will be more likely to retrieve them during the test. Once you feel as if you know an answer, remove that card from the deck or cross off that section so you can concentrate on the remaining difficult subjects. If a friend or family member is around, consider asking them to help you by acting as the quizzer.

16. Consider asking a friend or family member to take you to the testing location so you can continue to review your materials, not stress about transportation, and receive the extra moral support they can provide. Don’t wait until the morning of to ask, however, and have a backup plan prepared in case your ride falls through.

17. Aim to get to the test center at least 15-30 minutes early. This gives you time to adjust for several negative scenarios, such as bad traffic, a train, getting lost, lack of parking, or running into issues with your registration, for example.

18. Bring at least two pens and two pencils with good erasers, a calculator with new batteries and any other resources that your instructor allows you to take into the exam room. Make sure you clear any materials you are bringing in with the instructor first – you don’t want to be removed from the exam or have your exam forfeited because you broke an easy to avoid rule.

19. Bring a watch to the test so that you can better pace yourself. In the days leading up to the PELLET B, consider using the watch to help time yourself so you grow accustomed to the amount of time it takes you to answer a question – as well as the amount of time you can realistically spend on a problem. If you use a digital watch, make sure it is permitted in the testing room.

20. Consider packing helpful healthcare products you might need in the case of an emergency, such as pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Remember that even if you don't think you need them, you are taking a long test and are likely to feel stressed, even if you are well prepared. This stress can result in a tension headache or tense muscles that may be distracting during the exam.

21. If you can't study or review your materials because you're at the testing location, waiting for the exam to begin, or simply because of nerves, try meditating or focusing on your breathing. Going into the exam feeling calm and collected will help you pace yourself and remember important information.

22. Even if you don’t feel like it, use the restroom before entering the exam room. You don't want to waste time worrying about your bodily needs during the test. Furthermore, you can splash water on your face to help perk yourself up.

Once you’re ready for the big moment – exam time itself – you’re going to need to stay focused and choose your answers quickly and wisely. Our final exam tips cover what you can do while you are taking the PELLET B test itself to raise your score.

23. Multiple studies have shown that individuals work harder and do better work when they’re slightly cold. While you don’t want to be uncomfortably cold – remember, always bring a jacket, just in case – being slightly cold will keep you alert and awake. If you find yourself growing warm, take off your jacket or other layers to get to that optimal temperature.

24. Don't pay attention to others around you. Don’t worry if someone seems to be going through the test much faster or slower than you. If someone around you is being loud or disruptive, asked to be moved or see if there are noise-cancelling headphones or other options available for you to use.

25. Go with your gut when choosing an answer. Statistically, the answer that comes to mind first is often the right one. This is assuming you studied the material, of course, which we hope you have done if you read through one of our books!

26. For true or false questions: if you genuinely don't know the answer, mark it true. In most tests, there are typically more true answers than false answers.

27. For multiple choice questions, read ALL the answer choices before marking an answer, even if you think you know the answer when you come across it. You may find your original “right” answer isn’t necessarily the best option.

28. Look for key words: in multiple choice exams, particularly those that require you to read through a text, the questions typically contain key words. These key words can help the test taker choose the correct answer or confuse you if you don’t recognize them. Common keywords are: most, during, after, initially, and first. Be sure you identify them before you read the available answers. Identifying the key words makes a huge difference in your chances of passing the PELLET B.

29. Narrow answers down by using the process of elimination: after you understand the question, read each answer. If you don’t know the answer right away, use the process of elimination to narrow down the answer choices. It is easy to identify at least one answer that isn’t correct. Continue to narrow down the choices before choosing the answer you believe best fits the question. By following this process, you increase your chances of selecting the correct answer. If the exam is on physical paper, you can put an “X” next to the incorrect answers to help your brain separate right and wrong answers. If your exam is on a computer and scratch paper is permitted, consider writing out the letters or numbers associated with the answer choices, such as A, B, C, or D, and then cross them off manually to ensure you select the correct answer.

30. Don't stay on a problem that you are stuck on, especially when time is a factor. Mark it, skip it and come back to it later once you’ve finished all the easier problems. Not only will this prevent you from wasting time, you may also find that you are able to approach the problem differently after some time away from it. If you are still stuck, return to: 1) Using the process of elimination, and 2) Going with your gut to choose your final answer.

31. If wrong answers are penalized, consider skipping over them unless you feel relatively sure you might have the right answer. There is no point in wasting additional time on a question that will negatively impact your score.

32. Consider taking a mini-break if you are feeling overwhelmed. Put down your pencil, close your eyes, and take two or three deep, slow breaths. If you are permitted a certain amount of break time, go wash your face, drink some water, or do a quick powerwalk through a hall or open space to get your blood flowing again.

33. If you have time left when you are finished, look over your test. Make sure that you have answered all the questions. Remember, your first answer is probably the correct answer, so only change an answer if you know for a fact that you misread or misinterpreted the question.

34. If you manually bubbled in answers, make sure that any wrong answers are fully erased and that your bubbles are dark, neat and full. Whether on a computer or on paper, take this opportunity to make sure that your personal information on the exam is correct and neatly printed. Sometimes the little things, such as an out of place bubble, have the potential to negatively impact your score.

35. Don't worry if others finish before or after you. Go at your own pace and focus on the test in front of you.

We hope that these test-taking tips will help you do your best on exam day. For tips specific to the PELLET B test, make sure you carefully read through our study guide on your exam. Our books include sidebars with helpful tips and facts relevant to your test. You’ll also want to read through your exam creator’s website to make sure that you bring everything necessary for your exam and study all relevant material. Finally, continue to check out our website, for updated study materials!

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