SIGMA Survey for Security Officers




30 minutes

Test User Qualifications:
Fax-in Scoring
Sample Report:
Sample Report

Who Should Use the SSSO?

  • Organizations and HR departments who want to hire security officers who understand the job, have sound judgment skills, and who are most likely to excel in a security role
  • Paper-and-pencil administration and fax-in scoring

What is the SSSO?

Security guards are often faced with difficult situations that require them to make sound decisions quickly. The SIGMA Survey for Security Officers (SSSO) is an objective, reliable pre-employment assessment for screening job applicants for the position of security guard. The SSSO uses job relevant, face valid questions to identify candidates with the cognitive skills necessary to use sound judgment in security situations, show good comprehension of legal documents, and write credible incident reports.

Why Should I Use the SSSO?

STRONG PREDICTOR OF JOB PERFORMANCE. This security officer assessment measures security problem solving and incident report writing skills. Accurate incident reports often serve as crucial court evidence in the administration of justice. Research has found that the SSSO distinguishes between job candidates who can and cannot prepare satisfactory incident reports. The SSSO also measures general cognitive ability, which has been found to be one of the best predictors of job performance for virtually all jobs. More effective than resumes, education, references, or interviews.

PREDICTS TRAINING SUCCESS. Research has also shown that measures of cognitive ability, such as the SSSO, predict success in police and security training programs.

CONVENIENT. The SSSO takes 30 minutes to complete. Results are available within 15 minutes using SIGMA’s convenient fax-in service. Answer sheets are faxed to SIGMA, scored electronically, and a report is returned by fax.

SUPERIOR DEVELOPMENT. Questions were carefully selected to be job relevant and face valid. The use of job-relevant content in screening tests is more likely to be resistant to legal challenge and perceived by applicants as a fair assessment for duties required on the job.

UPDATES. As part of SIGMA’s commitment to maximize client value and satisfaction, the SSSO has had some updates and enhancements. Norms were updated and consist of 4,729 applicants for security officer positions in North America. The SSSO report now presents both percentile and percentage scores. Percentile scores are graphed for ease of interpretation. Score descriptions are provided on the report and in the technical manual. Instructions have been optimized for clarity.

SSSO Resources


The SSSO is available for fax-in scoring. An overview of startup costs for each administration method is provided below. A detailed pricing list can be accessed via the link at the bottom of the page.

SSSO Startup Costs
US PricingCanadian Pricing
Fax-in Scoring
Includes: Technical Manual, 1 SSSO Reusable Test Booklet,
and 10 SSSO fax-in answer sheets
$ 293$ 356
SSSO Per Test Costs
US PricingCanadian Pricing
Fax-in Scoring answer sheets$ 24.50$ 30

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