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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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    Anonymous

    over 5 years ago

    An excellent practice exam! Thankz

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    Scarlett1981

    over 5 years ago

    6 Comments

    These suggestions are a great help! Does anyone know how the Georgia state police exams are?

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    rjones775

    over 5 years ago

    20 Comments

    ARE THERE ANY NEW YORK CITY POLICE OFFICERS OUT THERE I NEED SOME ADVICE ABOUT THE JOB I PASS THE TEST.

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    cmwillis

    over 5 years ago

    2560 Comments

    Thats a good way to learn how to take affective action....

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    AwesomeRusco

    over 5 years ago

    20 Comments

    Yes, this does help

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    Johndeeretractor7800

    over 5 years ago

    62 Comments

    very much helpful

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    walner

    over 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    that was a very helpful hint.i also satis

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    ciji0483

    over 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    Very helpful.

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    JessicaDeputy

    over 5 years ago

    68 Comments

    Hmmm.. very helpful..

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    Anonymous

    over 5 years ago

    Very insightful. :D

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    carlisere

    over 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    i want to become apolice man when i grow up my name is carl powell

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    Gini

    over 5 years ago

    80 Comments

    I was a corrections officer about 12 years ago. I am 42 now and I do wonder if I am too old to return to law enforcement. As for the info. in the article, it was good refresher, but not too awfully challenging.

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    BAITCATCHER06

    over 5 years ago

    18 Comments

    I READ THIS ARTICLE MANY BEFORE I TOOK THE EXAM AND IT WAS VERY HELPFUL... I SCORED A 99 ON THE POLICE EXAM

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    enelina09

    over 5 years ago

    4 Comments

    I can't wait to become a police officer. however i wish i could become the police officer and then take the test.

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    vdangelo25

    over 5 years ago

    58 Comments

    Wow, thanks, this is great article!

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