Candidates will read questions and potential responses in multiple choice format, with one correct answer. This type of exam typically tests candidates’ knowledge. The questions in all Fields written tests are clearly written, which helps minimize adverse impact. Candidates are typically working under a time limit, but there is enough time built in to complete the test.
Situational Judgment Test
Candidates will read about a situation, or watch it on video, and then answer questions about the situation in multiple choice format. There may be multiple correct answers from which to choose. There will always be one best answer that will be worth the most points, but there may be other acceptable answers that are worth points as well.
Candidates will be asked, and respond to, questions in an interview format. Questions will cover a range of topics and involve multiple KSAs. The questions will be structured so that all candidates are asked the same questions and will be scored against the same criteria.
This is a process that is quite typical for public safety promotional testing. Candidates will perform multiple exercises, in which multiple KSAs will be scored by multiple assessors. Fields assessment center exercises are developed to put candidates in “the real world.” Our exercises are customized to involve situations that might be encountered in your department.
Candidates must respond appropriately to an emergency situation. These situations are customized to fit within the realm of reality for the department. These exercises can be administered live with role players, can be simulated using video, or can be in question/answer format.
Candidates must respond appropriately to multiple items that would typically be found in the In Basket of a person at the target rank. These items are customized to your department and can be based on your department’s current issues. Items include emails, memos, department forms and reports, letters from citizens and many other ideas.
Role Play Exercise (Supervision)
Candidates must respond appropriately to a situation that involves a supervisory response. These exercises can come in the form of an interactive role play with a subordinate, supervisor, citizen or other person or group. Fields has administered this type of exercise in many formats, such as interacting with live role players, interacting with personnel on video, and in and oral question/answer format.
Candidates are presented with a department issue. They meet with a group of officers, supervisors, or command staff and present their vision and expectations.
Candidates speak to a community group, a group of peers, subordinates or even supervisors about a relevant topic.
An exercise targeted at the first-line supervisor. Candidates are presented with several completed administrative reports that would typically be used in your department and that are appropriate for the target rank. The candidate must identify procedural and other errors.
Candidates must analyze a problem and write an in-depth response to the situation presented. This can be anything from a letter to a citizen to a report to the chief.
Candidates must describe their education, training, and experience and explain how those accomplishments have prepared them for the target rank. This can also be combined with an interview in which the scoring panel can ask the candidate follow-up questions regarding his or her accomplishments.