Since 1976 Stanard & Associates, Inc. has been providing public safety agencies across the United States with testing and assessment solutions for all stages of a public safety career. We specialize in entry-level and promotional testing for police departments, fire departments, county sheriff’s departments and correctional facilities. Providing Quality through Selection enables our clients to select and promote the most qualified personnel to serve their community.

    Stanard & Associates helps public safety agencies ensure the candidates they recruit will be able to perform effectively once on the job. Stanard & Associates has developed the tools you need to ensure recruits can handle the mental and physical demands of a career in public safety. Our entry-level written selection tests for police, fire, corrections and dispatcher candidates help agencies find out whether candidates possess the basic skills necessary to perform effectively. Job-related physical ability exams help screen out those candidates unable to perform the minimum physical requirements of the job. Finally, our structured oral interviews and psychological evaluations help agencies achieve the proper match between the candidate and the job.

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      We  work with public safety agencies to ensure that the most qualified candidates are promoted to the next rank. Written job knowledge exams help public safety managers determine which candidates understand the job-specific information necessary to perform at the next level. As job requirements change, so too must the assessment strategies. Our other assessment solutions, such as structured oral interviews, physical ability exams and psychological evaluations are effective in a promotional context as well. Moreover, structured assessment center exercises allow an agency to “look ahead” and see how a candidate would perform in a certain type of situation.

         Thousands of public safety agencies nationwide use our testing products. The states of Iowa, Utah and Wyoming have mandated the use of our entry-level written test for their police officers. Our products are also endorsed by 25 state chiefs of police associations for use by departments in their state. Our extensive testing and assessment experience allows us to meet our goal of Helping You Select the Best.

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 National Police Officer Selection Test (POST)
       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 these basic skills: Arithmetic, Reading Comprehension, Grammar and Incident Report Writing. Increase your department’s hiring efficiency by using the POST to ensure candidates possess the fundamental skills to succeed in training and on the job.
 

       The POST exam is used for law enforcement officer selection by a variety of municipal, county, state and federal agencies. In addition, the POST has been mandated as the statewide entry-level test by the states of Iowa and Utah. The POST is the official test of 25 state Police Chief Associations. All of these agencies thoroughly researched the available exams and determined that those offered by Stanard & Associates, Inc. were of the highest quality.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-367-6919.

Why use the NDST?

  • Inexpensive and efficient selection tool
  • Easy to administer
  • Can be scored by the department or by Stanard & Associates, Inc.
  • Consists of questions and content directly related to dispatcher tasks, such as listening to simulated 9-1-1 calls
  • Backed up by extensive research and development
  • Valid, job-related and legally defensible. The NDST was developed in accordance with professional, ADA and EEOC Testing Guidelines.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-367-6919.

The National Dispatcher Selection Test (NDST)


As the first point of contact in an emergency, dispatchers play a critical role in keeping the public safe, as well as responding law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel. Selecting the best person for such a demanding position requires more than an interview and background check. It requires a reliable, validated measurement tool that will ensure the person you select possesses the important skills required to perform effectively as a dispatcher. Stanard & Associates’ National Dispatcher Selection Test (NDST) gives call centers the ability to objectively assess a candidate’s skill level in five important areas: Reading Comprehension, Listening, Problem Solving, Prioritizing, and Multi-Tasking. And in keeping with Stanard & Associates’ commitment to rigorous standards in test development, the NDST is backed by an extensive research and development effort involving input from hundreds of incumbent dispatchers across the country. So you can enjoy the ease of using an off-the-shelf test that targets the areas you need most – those that have been shown to be important to the position of dispatcher. Increase your communication center’s efficiency by using the NDST as your initial screening tool to identify candidates meeting your requirements.

     The end result? Two cost-effective examinations that can be used as stand-alone promotional exams, or integrated easily into your agency’s promotional process. The NFLST measures critical knowledge areas associated with first-line supervisor positions (e.g., Corporal, Sergeant), while the NSLST measures knowledge areas associated with many second-line supervisor positions (e.g., Lieutenant, Captain).

      If desired, these tests can be supplemented with 25 customized exam items written by our experts directly from your agency’s Policies and Procedures, General Orders, etc. This product gives you the “best of both worlds” – a customized promotional process at an off-the-shelf price.

The National First- and Second-Line Supervisor Tests (NFLST & NSLST)


Our off-the-shelf law enforcement promotional exams prove that smaller agencies can get a quality promotional process without breaking the budget. If your agency is one of the many where a limited number of candidates participate in any single promotional process, a custom-written promotional exam may not be an option. Stanard & Associates’ NFLST and NSLST help law enforcement agencies identify promotional candidates who possess the relevant job knowledge to be successful supervisors and managers. The exams assess candidates’ knowledge in areas such as management and supervision, major court cases affecting law enforcement, community policing, criminal investigation and patrol tactics. Both exams are the result of an extensive research and development effort undertaken to identify the knowledge required to competently perform supervisory duties in law enforcement. Test questions were reviewed and refined based on invaluable input from over 50 police chiefs and commanders from five separate geographically diverse panels of experts.

Why use the NDST?

  • Inexpensive and efficient selection tool
  • Easy to administer
  • Can be scored by the department or by Stanard & Associates, Inc.
  • Consists of questions and content directly related to dispatcher tasks, such as listening to simulated 9-1-1 calls
  • Backed up by extensive research and development
  • Valid, job-related and legally defensible. The NDST was developed in accordance with professional, ADA and EEOC Testing Guidelines.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-367-6919.

The National Detective/Investigator Test (NDIT)


The National Detective/Investigator Test (NDIT) is similar to The National First & Second Line Supervisor Tests, but is intended for agencies that are looking to select/assign officers to the rank of Detective or Investigator. The NDIT is a 75-question, content-valid, written exam derived from three textbooks covering the topics of Criminal Investigations, Major Court Cases and Investigative Interviewing.  A study guide will be required for each candidate that will provide a detailed breakdown of the Areas of Measurement (i.e., a listing of the chapters or sections from each book that candidates should study for the exam).  Please note: Candidates will still need to obtain the actual textbooks to prepare for the exam.  A study period of 30 days or more is suggested. All exams will be scored by Stanard & Associates, Inc. and results will be provided to the authorized point of contact overseeing the selection process for the agency.

  • What does the NCST measure?
    • Reading Comprehension: Ability to understand written information for later recall and use, including following written directions/instructions and reading and understanding information presented in written form in training and on the job. This section requires reading passages closely related to corrections work, but no knowledge of actual state laws, statues or department jail directives is necessary when answering the questions.
    • Problem Solving: Ability to solve problems based on available information. Ability to learn and apply new information on the job. Ability to prioritize and bring about resolution in a timely manner. This section does not require any previous job knowledge or training
    • Report Writing: Ability to write sentences with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. Ability to convey a message in writing in a clear and succinct manner. This section requires answers in a written format based on a sample incident report

    Who should use the NCST? Any municipal, county, state or federal agency hiring corrections officers and/or jail guards Why use the NCST?

    • Inexpensive
    • Easy to administer
    • Based on extensive research and development
    • Developed in accordance with federal government (EEOC) and professional guidelines
    • Complies with ADA requirements
    • Validated using a content validation strategy
    • Quick turnaround time on test results

    If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-367-6919

The National Corrections Officer Selection Test (NCST)


Hiring Corrections Officers? Use The National Corrections Officer Selection Test (NCST). Stanard & Associates, Inc. developed this exam with input from some of the nation’s top sheriffs, wardens, jail superintendents and corrections officers. It is designed to identify the most qualified candidates for any jail environment.

  • Direct supervision, podular, linear
  • Local, county, state or federal
  • Valid, job-related and legally defensible.

The NCST adheres to all professional, ADA and EEOC Testing Guidelines. Since 1976, Stanard & Associates, Inc. has been a leader in entry-level and promotional assessments for public safety agencies nationwide. S&A’s other published exams include The National Police Officer Selection Test (POST), The National Firefighter Selection Test (NFST) and the National Dispatcher Selection Test (NDST). Our work with sheriff departments and other corrections facilities consistently indicated the need for an instrument to assess skills such as reading comprehension, problem solving and writing ability before more costly procedures, such as personality evaluations and background checks were implemented. In late 1996, S&A began the development process for The National Corrections Officer Selection Test. During this time we conducted a nationwide job analysis, interviewed experts in the field of corrections and reviewed and refined the test items to ensure that they were fair and unbiased. The result is the best and most well researched exam to date for selecting corrections officers and jail guards. The National Corrections Officer Selection Test (NCST) was developed to offer agencies a valid, job-related, yet reasonably priced pre-employment test which can identify those candidates who have the essential basic skills necessary to perform successfully as a corrections officer.

Why use the NFST?

  • Inexpensive and efficient selection tool
  • Two different forms are available
  • All forms available in Firefighter and Firefighter-Emergency Medical Service versions
  • Easy to administer
  • Can be scored by the department or by Stanard & Associates
  • Consists of questions directly related to firefighting tasks
  • Backed up by extensive research and development
  • Complies with ADA requirements
  • The NFST exam is used for firefighter selection by a variety of agencies and municipalities.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-367-6919.

The National Firefighter Selection Test (NFST)


       The National Firefighter Selection Test (NFST) is an entry-level basic skills test that helps fire service agencies select the most qualified applicants by ensuring that candidates possess the basic cognitive skills necessary to successfully perform the job. The NFST is a valid, job-related test designed specifically for use in fire service, which measures these basic skills: Reading Comprehension, Mathematics and Listening Comprehension. Increase your department’s cost effectiveness and productivity by using the NFST as your initial screening tool to identify candidates meeting your requirements.