The Academy - Assessment Testing



Assessment Tests

The Academy offers entrance assessment and pre-employment testing for Law Enforcement, Fire Services, Dispatch Communications and Corrections candidates.

Law Enforcement

In order to gain entry into a Basic Police Academy - Intensive Course, you will need to take and receive passing scores for the reading & writing, POST Entry-level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB), and Physical Agility WSTB entrance assessment exams. Click on each link below for full exam information, to view upcoming test dates and to make a reservation:WSTB Assessment Testing

Reading/Writing PELLETB tests:

San Jose, CA - Evergreen Valley College (EVC)

Physical Agility WSTB tests:

Physical Agility WSTB test dates

Physical Agility WSTB practice session dates (optional) 

Physical Agility WSTB test - San Mateo, CA, San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Training Center


Live Scan Fingerprinting
Gold Touch Fingerprinting Services, a state licensed provider for the Department of Justice, will be available immediately before and after all Physical Agilities testing dates at the Evergreen Valley College (EVC) campus to complete the mandatory fingerprinting required of those law enforcement candidates who intend to enroll in one of South Bay's police academies. The cost is $75 (add 3% if paid with credit or debit card). Valid Identification required.
Please contact Gold Touch Fingerprinting Services at (510) 367-5764 for more information.


POST’s Written Test Resources

The following websites provide practice tests and skills training to assist in student success free of charge:

Commission on Peace Officer Standards & Training

National Testing Network

Police Test Tutors



Fire Services

The National Testing Network's pre-employment written test is administered by The Academy and is a testing instrument that may be required by certain fire agencies for which you are applying. Click on the link below to view full exam information and upcoming test dates and to make reservations.

National Testing Network


Dispatch Communications

While the following tests are not required in order to register for The Academy’s Basic Dispatcher or Basic Dispatcher-Extended courses, agencies to which you may be applying might require a T-score from the POST Entry-level Dispatcher Selection Test Battery. Click on the link below to view full exam information, upcoming test dates and to make a reservation:

POST Dispatcher Test

In addition, the CritiCall Test may be required by some agencies. Examinees may want to use the CritiCall exam as a valuable hands-on tool to evaluate their abilities and overall interest in a career as a public safety dispatcher. Click on the link below to view full exam information, upcoming test dates and to make a reservation: 

CritiCall Pre-Employment Test

Click here ( for more information on the CritiCall test.