Sigma Survey for Police Officers
Overview: Job-specific content helps ensure relevance.
Age Range: Individuals 18 years and older
Reading Level: 9th Grade
Administration: Paper-and-pencil or computer administration
Completion Time: 35 minutes timed (74 multiple-choice items)
Scoring Options: Q™ Local Software or Automated Fax-in Scoring Service
Report Options: Profile Report
Publication Date: 1998
Job-specific content helps ensure relevance.
Developed by Douglas N. Jackson, PhD, an international expert in personnel assessment, the SSPO test helps evaluate the candidate's skills in two critical areas. The Incident Report Writing section helps evaluate the candidate's ability to write effective reports by assessing spelling, grammar and vocabulary skills. The Problem Solving section helps measure the candidate's use of appropriate judgment by presenting scenarios requiring a decision by an officer. Containing job-specific items, the tests provides a relevant, reliable tool to help select and place qualified police and security officers.
How to Use This Test
Police chiefs, security administrators, and hiring managers can use these assessments to help:
- Select candidates with the practical problem-solving ability required to solve on-the-job problems arising in incidents and to act appropriately and with sound judgment
- Select candidates with the skills to write meaningful, credible incident reports that may become permanent records in investigations and court proceedings
- Test items have been carefully selected for job relevance, increasing the instrument's acceptability to candidates and employers and its ability to withstand legal challenges.
- Easy-to-read results compare candidates to a large database of police officer candidates.
The SSPO test was normed on a contemporary sample of 1,413 job candidates applying for the position of police officer.
The overall score is expressed as a percentile for quick comparison to other officer candidates. The overall score is based on the scores on the following sections:
- Total Writing Aptitude
- Vocabulary (SSPO)
- Language Usage (SSPO)
- Correct Sentences (SSSO)
- Officer Problem Solving