There are three components to the FrontLine Testing System: a video-based human relations test, a reading ability test and a report writing test. Testing takes approximately 2 hours.
FrontLine Video-Based Human Relations Test
FrontLine focuses on using good judgment in enforcement, public relations and teamwork. Candidates do not have to have experience in order to do well. They watch a video segment and then choose the BEST course of action in a multiple-choice format. This test is presented on computer and the items play without stopping. You will have 10 seconds to answer each question.
FrontLine is not intended in any way to be a test of knowledge of policy or technical aspects of the job. Any such information that may be needed to answer a question is provided in the test. Candidates are not expected to know anything other than what is stated. They base their answers only on information given in the test and common sense.
FrontLine Reading Test
FrontLine Reading Test is designed specifically for law enforcement officers, a job requiring on-going study of difficult and technical materials. This test is based on typical training materials. Certain words are left blank. Candidates are required to choose a word that best fits in the blank. They are given 15 minutes to complete this test.
FrontLine Incident Observation and Report Writing Test
Report writing is an important part of a law enforcement officer's job. For this test candidates view a brief incident on video. They are given blank pieces of paper for notes and a draft, then asked to write a report on the answer sheet in the space provided. They are shown an example scenario and a sample of an excellent written report. After viewing the video twice, they are given 10 minutes to complete the report.
FrontLine Practice Test
There is no study guide for the FrontLine Test, but for more detailed information and practice items with discussion, visit the FrontLine Practice Test website at www.frontlinetest.com.
This site allows you to interactively review seven example video test items, with a discussion of the possible answer choices. The site also has a 21 item practice reading test. There is a voucher program if a department wishes to make them avalible to candidates.
Physical Abilities Test (PAT)
The Physical Abilities Test (PAT) was established by the Washington State Criminal Justice Commission. This test includes four components: push-ups, sit-ups, 300 meter run and 1.5 mile run. All candidates will take the PAT immediately following the entry test.
Click here for detailed information about the Physical Abilities Test.