Welcome to the Examination Module

To fulfill the certification requirements, each candidate must successfully pass a comprehensive written examination covering major facets of the role of SWAT operator.  The examination consists of questions compiled by subject matter experts on topics considered essential for a competent SWAT operator.  The questions are all true/false, multiple choice or matching.  There are no “fill in the blanks.”

There are eleven topical areas arranged in three broad categories.  The topics were identified from examinations given by California POST certified providers of basic SWAT schools.  The questions are not equally distributed by topic, however, and there may be as many as twenty questions on one topic and only two for others.  This “profile” is designed to allow the CATO Board of Certification to “tune” the examination to reflect current concerns.  The profile is reviewed and revised each calendar year.  It is available for review at:  ???URL

You may take the test as many times as necessary to successfully complete it.  There are no penalties for failing and no record is kept of the number of attempts.  Moreover, you may take it at any time during the certification process.  While there is only one profile, there may be several different versions of the test and repetitions will not duplicate previous attempts.  In short, there is no way to teach “to the test.”

Your test today:

  • 50 questions

  • Time limit is two hours.

  • You may “pause and resume” only once during the examination for a maximum of fifteen minutes. The time will automatically start when you hit the “submit” button.

  • Upon successful completion, you will need to notify the Proctor by ???



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