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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.

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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 >>


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    davedood

    over 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    it was common sense really to me i believe when given the right training your performance will come naturally and acurately on what to do in just about any situation and there were alot of pepper spray questions dont forget there are other options to the pepper spray sutch as tear gas etc... military tactics

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    Jo_ie

    over 6 years ago

    64 Comments

    With the first example I was tempted to say A and tell the crowd first but once you explained the answer to be B then the next question was a no brainer. But yes the first answer to the first question to me back a bit but then the explanation made sense. ty.:D

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    hotrodjay2013

    over 6 years ago

    10 Comments

    could use a printable test practice!

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    hotrodjay2013

    over 6 years ago

    10 Comments

    Very Understandable

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    therousch

    over 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    Should have more questions

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    glpex

    over 6 years ago

    20 Comments

    very good info should be more qustions!

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    BFoster

    over 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    Thank-you for the example test now would like to start prepare for the Test Prep.

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    tclemens2006

    over 6 years ago

    354 Comments

    Great article

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    fschuster

    over 6 years ago

    122 Comments

    Excellent for the people just getting started or transfering to another dept.

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    Katz

    over 6 years ago

    8260 Comments

    Very good information,,....thanks

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    mike4780

    over 6 years ago

    4 Comments

    Thank you for the information it was great.

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    FutureLEO

    over 6 years ago

    368 Comments

    Thats some good info..Thanks!

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    DOHare

    over 6 years ago

    162 Comments

    PS: Thanks for taking the time to write this post Sgt.

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    DOHare

    over 6 years ago

    162 Comments

    This is GREAT INFO. I started a group for those of us in the process and officers willing to help; go to
    "LEO Applicants" (group). There is a ton of information and help with test prep out there. Do a Google search on the subject.

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    ggodoy

    over 6 years ago

    16 Comments

    Just go to PoliceExam911.com

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