Dixie State University

NPOST Entrance Exam

Location: Dixie State University – Hurricane Education Center
112 South 700 West, Hurricane, UT 84737

Phone: 435-652-7910

Testing: Generally offered once a week, times vary.  Please call or email sarah.strickley@dixie.edu for an appointment.  Fridays @ 12:00 pm on the main DSU campus in St. George, call (435)652-7667 to schedule at that location.

Exam Cost: $45.00

  • Payment can be taken in person or pay online, under all other payments, Hurricane NPOST.
  • If you pay online, please bring receipt for confirmation.
  • Current picture ID is required.

This exam must be taken and passed before submitting application for the POST Academy. Exceptions to this must be discussed and approved with the Director, and applicable paperwork signed.


  1. Mathematics
  2. Reading Comprehension
  3. Grammar
  4. Incident Report Writing

This test must be passed with at least 70% in all areas. The results are emailed to you approximately two (2) weeks from the test date.

The Special Function Officer block requires an Entrance Exam.  It is required that you take the Entrance Exam prior to turning in your POST application.  Those registering for the Law Enforcement Officer block will need to provide a copy of SFO certification, and will be required to take the LEO Entrance Exam if attendance of SFO has been longer than 6 months.

To become a Utah police officer you must take the NPOST by Stanard and Associates.  There are four sections on the exam: Math, Reading Comprehension, Grammar and Incident Report Writing.

  • The math section consists of 20 questions on general math and financial math equations, you will need to complete this section in 20 minutes.
  • The reading comprehension section consists of 25 questions where you will be asked questions based on information given in a short passage. You will have 25 minutes to complete this section.
  • The grammar section consists of 20 questions where you will need to read several sentences and paragraphs, all which contain misspelled words and improper punctuation. You will have 15 minutes to complete this section of the exam.
  • The incident report writing section consists of 10 questions where you will be tested on your ability to write a clear and concise report based on facts that you are given. You grammar and punctuation skills are also tested in this section. You will have 15 minutes to complete this section.

Prior knowledge of law or law enforcement is not necessary to answer the questions.  You can practice by reviewing the study guide and sample questions along with this NPOST study guide.

Learn more about all the different test sections to further prepare for the exam

You may also purchase an Online Practice National Police Officer Selection Test (POST) and/or Online POST Study Guide by following this link, https://www.applytoserve.com/study/.

Semester Hours:




  • 9:00 am - 8:00 pm


  • 9:00 am - 8:00 pm


  • 9:00 am - 8:00 pm


  • 9:00 am - 8:00 pm


  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm




Closed all major Holidays

Chris Gifford

Hurricane Center Director

Email: cgifford@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-652-7912

Administrative Assistant

Email: HurricaneTesting@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-652-7910

Fax: 435-652-7911

Office: 112 South 700 West
Hurricane, UT 84737