Written Exam

Testing Intellectual Aptitude

The POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) measures skills that are associated with successful performance as a California peace officer. Because the PELLETB is an aptitude test, the skills measured are acquired gradually over a long period of time (usually years). There is no quick or easy way to improve these skills in preparation for the exam. The only way to predictably improve scores on an aptitude test is through extensive learning and practice (e.g., coursework, training).

What the exam measures: The first two components of the PELLETB focus on language ability: one evaluates writing ability and the other tests reading ability. The writing component of the test measures clarity, vocabulary, and spelling. The reading component measures reading comprehension. The third component of the exam focuses on reasoning ability.

How to Prepare

The link below will provide you with information located on the POST website that you can review to be better prepared for the exam.

Testing can be completed in person or online. If you would like to complete the test online, please visit the National Testing Network. 


Part of the hiring process includes testing for the physical fitness of a candidate who wishes to apply for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. This is done through a Physical Agility Test. The Physical Agility Test consists of four (4) events that are timed and scored separately. These events include:

Agility Run

This test simulates a short distance foot pursuit and requires frequent changes in direction while running as fast as possible. (Distance: 99 yards) To pass, time must be 33.5 seconds or less.

Body Drag

This test simulates dragging a 165 pound physically incapacitated person to safety. (Distance: 32 feet). To pass, time must be 20 seconds or less.

Chain link Fence Climb

This test measures your ability to run and scale a six (6) foot chain link fence in as short a time as possible. (Distance: 30yards) To pass, time must be 15.1 seconds or less.

1 Mile Run

This test simulates a long distance foot pursuit. Must be completed in 10 minutes or less. (Distance: 1 mile)

All events, except for the one mile run, can be performed twice if failed on the first attempt.