Print

Become a Cop >> Browse Articles >> Exam & Career Preparation

+199

The Police Exam - How To Get Hired Faster

Sergeant George Godoy

When you made your decision to become a police officer, you made a decision to change your life. And when you turned in your application, you took your first step in a grueling process towards achieving your goal.

Next in the gauntlet: the police written exam.

The first hurtle. The first cold sweat in a long line of cold sweats. Now’s the time to untie the knot in your stomach and retighten your guts to prepare for the first punch of reality: you’re actually on your way to becoming a police officer.

Whether you hate tests or you ace tests to draw a bead on living your life behind a badge, you need to turn your mind into a diamond-dust whet stone and hone your wits razor-sharp. Your goal in the police written test, your first step towards your badge, is simple and single-minded: get the highest scores possible on the police exam for the highest ranking possible on the eligibility list. You don’t just want to get on the list, you want to be in the top five — better yet, you want to be the first name on the list.

How can you do this?

Like I said, simply and single-mindedly. Prepare yourself by informing yourself. Arm yourself with hard facts about the police exam, which are yours for the asking from the recruiter, the department’s HR section, or the department website. Identify your weakest areas on the test and reinforce your abilities in that area. Review spelling rules. Pick up, “The Elements of Style” by Strunk & White, and a high school level math book while you’re at it. Then find a quiet spot with no distractions — like the library, and study.

If you don’t read regularly start doing so now. Get a newspaper and read it, then read it out loud, then read it to someone else — then discuss what you’ve read and practice being a comprehensive reader. Have someone quiz you on articles, ads that were on the same page, the page number the article was on, what other articles are on the same page and anything else they can think of to test your memory and understanding.

Teach yourself to be ferociously observant, yet careful with your assumptions. Practice observing people, vehicles and places – memorize descriptions, then check what you think you saw for accuracy.

If you haven’t gone on a ride along yet, schedule one today! And when you slide inside that patrol car forget every daydream or pre-conceived idea you ever had about police officers and police work. Wipe your mind clean and focus on every action that officer makes. Your prime objective is to learn about the ‘why’ that is the basis for an officers actions, reactions, and decisions. What observations are important to their work? Ask questions, take notes – throw yourself into the experience wholeheartedly and you’ll walk away with a little piece of a badge attached.

Would you pass the Police Exam?
Find out with PoliceLink’s FREE Practice Police Exam


The written test evaluates you on several areas of common knowledge — that’s what the math, spelling and vocabulary books were for but there are other areas that test your range and use of common sense knowledge. These areas blend judgment skills, memory and observation skills and the simple ability to know left from right into complex questions that evaluate how you react and why.

And you want to react for the same ‘why’ as any police officer — right?

Take a look at the practice questions on the next page for a taste of the test to come.

Practice Questions >>


+199
  • Photo_user_blank_big

    mayer482000

    almost 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    good test different

  • Photo-0315_max50

    Wlvrtnjm

    almost 6 years ago

    4 Comments

    That was pretty informative.

  • 482179rk91dyr1ni_max50

    BlueEyedAngel

    almost 6 years ago

    28 Comments

    A Great Help

  • New_dec_9_2010_012_max50

    blackwidow_of_ok04

    almost 6 years ago

    32 Comments

    I thought this article was a great help, especially the practice questions.

  • New_dec_9_2010_012_max50

    blackwidow_of_ok04

    almost 6 years ago

    32 Comments

    I thought this article was a great help, especially the practice questions.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    Sporkis

    almost 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    article was extremely helpful. thank you.

  • 11_max50

    ben_lute

    almost 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    well written article

  • Cocoa_max50

    DBek

    almost 6 years ago

    16 Comments

    I thought this exam was very informative and useful. Thanks.

  • Black1_max50

    modygo

    almost 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    The Instructions and test given questions are helpful in many ways...thanks

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    ranpise

    almost 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    RIGHT FROM CHILDHOOD I AM HAVING AMBITION TO BECOME A AN IDEAL & RAEL COP. BUT I NEVER GOT A CHANCE. TO FULFILL MY WISHES I HAVE BEEN WITH VOLUNTARY PARAMILITARY FORCE ( HOME GUARD ) OF MY COUNTRY INDIA SINCE LAST 15 YEARS. BUT STILL I WANT TO BECOME A REAL COP. PLEASE SEE IF YOU CAN ME HIRE , FASTLY.
    I AM TRAINED IN FOOT DRILL. RIFLE DRILL . .... WITH BEST REGARDS... SANJAY ....
    MOBILE NO.+971509747565

  • Picsart_1387660395287_max50

    Leilani

    almost 6 years ago

    334 Comments

    thanks,, this is very helpful i also found a website that gives you more examples you just have to download it.. it helped me out alot.. http://www.cfiweb.com/practiceEX.htm..

  • M_df2275f7f085d2b2019796887ee11605_max50

    Brian826

    almost 6 years ago

    4 Comments

    Extremely useful, thanks for all the info

  • Mzz_max50

    mardizone

    almost 6 years ago

    6 Comments

    thx...very helpful

  • Kita_xmax_wed_sliding_006_max50

    jrp1974

    almost 6 years ago

    46 Comments

    thank you for the inspiration

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    toyah

    almost 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    that brilliant,
    i hope that this has worked for when i take the test,
    in a few more years

PoliceLink School Finder

Save time in your search for a criminal justice degree program. Use PoliceLink's School Finder to locate schools online and in your area.

Get Info

* In the event that we cannot find a program from one of our partner schools that matches your specific area of interest, we may show schools with similar or unrelated programs.

Recent Activity

Img_0425_max30
MrsBristol commented on: "Arnita Bristol", 17 minutes ago.
Img_1050_max30
Irishcop1961 gave a thumbs down to The Article "A man who killed a uniformed Dallas police officer in 200...", 19 minutes ago.
3001000a45w_1__max30
rockgpd is ranked No.2 for the day in PoliceTrivia, 20 minutes ago.
3001000a45w_1__max30
rockgpd is ranked No.2 for the day in PoliceTrivia, 20 minutes ago.