What examinations do I have to take before applying?

We require you to complete the PELLETB and WSTB prior to applying for the position. 

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).

The POST Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) measures your fitness level to perform the duties of a peace officer. The examination includes a 99-yard obstacle course, 32-foot body drag, fence climbing, 500-yard spring, and 1.5 mile run.

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1. I’m in college right now. What degree should I get to prepare me for a career in law enforcement??
2. I’m not ready to apply yet. Are there certain jobs I should work at to prepare me to be a police officer?
3. I’m interested in becoming a police officer. Where do I start?
4. Can I go on a ride along to meet your officers?
5. What are the minimum requirements to apply for police officer trainee?
6. What examinations do I have to take before applying?
7. Do you require the PELLETB and WSTB examinations to apply?
8. Where do I sign up for the PELLETB and WSTB examinations?
9. What are your minimum scores for the PELLETB and WSTB examinations?
10. How should I prepare for the PELLETB?
11. How should I prepare for the WSTB?
12. Do you accept scores from the National Testing Network (NTN)?
13. Is there a minimum or maximum age to apply?
14. What are the education requirements?
15. Do I have to live in San Mateo to apply?
16. Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?
17. Where do I apply?
18. Is there a minimum time commitment once I’m hired?
19. How many police officer vacancies are there?
20. Do veterans get preferential hiring?
21. Can active, reserve, or military veterans apply?