Academy Entrance Test

The POST Regular Basic Course (RBC) or Police Academy is a very demanding course. Those students wishing to become Peace Officers in the State of California are required to attend and complete the RBC. The POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery must be completed with a passing score of at least 44.5 to enter the Fresno City College POST Basic Police Academy.

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Existing Scores

For those candidates who have already taken the test at another approved POST Testing Site, and have achieved a score of 44.5 or greater, you will be able to by-pass the written test and attend the Physical Agility test. However, you must submit the proper documentation on  official letterhead to prove the score.

PELLETB/Written Test

The written test also called the PELLETB is an English and Reading Comprehension test so we recommend you have completed English IA if possible. We will provide a link to practice tests once you have signed up for the written test and you receive an invitation to take the test. There is a limit of 150 persons for each offering of the written test.

The PELLETB test is a written test given at the Fresno City College Library. Upon approval of your testing application, you will be notified of date, location and time of testing.

You will need to bring

  • A valid identification card with picture. We recommend a California Driver’s License or U.S. Passport.
  • Social Security Card or know your social security number because it is required for the test forms.

Preparing for the Test

The test is a reading comprehension test. We recommend English IA has been completed. The following websites contain additional preparation resources:

The FCC Police Academy offers the written test 5 times a year and the Physical Agility 3 times a year.

Written Test Physical Agility Test

September 20, 2020  *Candidates required to wear protective masks during the test.

Physical Agility Test

The physical agility test is administered at the Fresno City College Police Academy. On the day of the test the parking is relaxed so you will not need to buy a parking pass. It consists of a 99 yard obstacle course, 500 yard sprint, 6 foot solid fence climb, 6 foot chain fence climb, and a 165 pound body drag.

* If you have not been physically active for some time, consult a physician before starting this, or any physical training program

99 yard obstacle run          10 yard dummy drag          6 foot chain wooden fence          500 yard run

99 yard obstacle run          10 yard dummy drag          6 foot chain wooden fence          500 yard run

You will need

You should dress in proper physical training clothing, such as, athletic shorts, tee shirt, and running shoes. Do not eat heavily on the morning of the test and bring bottle water if it is hot weather on the day of test.

Preparing for the test

To prepare for the test see the below obstacles you will be tested in. You should be exercising regularly before you come to the test. Starting to exercise just days before the test is not good enough. Lifetime fitness is the goal of any Police Academy.

The Primary reason for failure of the Physical Agility Test is due to being overweight and out of shape. To assist you in the successful completion of the test, the following recommendations are provided:

  • If applicable, begin a diet which will place you in an acceptable height-to-weight ratio. Do not go on a crash diet. These diets are rarely successful over a long period of time. The best diet is to loose weight slowly (1-2 pounds per week.) Try to eliminate polyunsaturated fats from your diet.
  • Begin a regular physical conditioning program at least 3 times per week. To avoid injury, proper stretching should be done. The conditioning program should consist of both aerobic and strengthening exercises.

99 yard obstacle run          10 yard dummy drag          6 foot chain wooden fence          500 yard run

99 yard obstacle run          10 yard dummy drag          6 foot chain wooden fence          500 yard run

Recommendation for physical fitness preparation prior to arrival at the Academy

6 months prior to arrival at the Academy:

  • Calisthenics: 20-25 minutes (3 times per week)
  • 1 set of 15-20 push-ups
  • 1 set of 15-20 sit-ups
  • 1 set of 15-20 crunches
  • 1 set of 10 bends and thrusts
  • Running/Walking/Jogging 30 to 45 minutes at a 10-minute mile pace

3 months prior to arrival at the Academy:

  • Calisthenics: 25-30 minutes (3 times per week)
  • 2 sets of 15-20 push-ups
  • 2 sets of 15-20 sit-ups
  • 2 sets of 15-20 crunches
  • 2 sets of 10 bends and thrusts
  • Running 1 to 2 miles per week with a goal of a 9-minute mile pace

1 month prior to arrival at the Academy:

  • Calisthenics: 30 minutes (3 times per week)
  • 3 sets of 15-20 push-ups
  • 3 sets of 15-20 sit-ups
  • 3 sets of 15-20 crunches
  • 3 sets of 10 bends and thrusts
  • Running 2 to 3 miles per week with a goal of a 8-minute mile pace


Under A.D.A. laws, the Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS) will provide testing and verification of any student requiring accommodations due to a disability. Those students taking the PELLETB and wish accommodations be made due to a disability, must contact DSPS prior to the testing date.