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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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    creyven

    about 6 years ago

    4 Comments

    its my first time but i dont know where to take the exam coz im here in philippines and also i'm a filipino

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    creyven

    about 6 years ago

    4 Comments

    its my first time but i dont know where to take the exam coz im here in philippines and also i'm a filipino

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    Deezz

    about 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    This is a Great example, there's alot ot learn.

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    savedtolive

    about 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    I took 3 different Practice Police Exams. Each had 100 questions, just like the real deal, and I spent about 100 minutes each test. From all 3 tests, I averaged a 83% score.
    I go to take the actual Written exam and ended up NOT passing with a score of 65%
    WHAT HAPPENED?!?!? I'm absolutely mind-boggled. I don't understand how I could have scored almost 20% less. The questions were basically the same...

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    TheRobin

    about 6 years ago

    22 Comments

    This is definately a useful article. I could use this stuff here to get myself in line for the challenges ahead of me when I enter the police force. Goos stuff!

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    markovsky

    about 6 years ago

    14 Comments

    The answers were much different then my answers.

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    christianuep

    about 6 years ago

    60 Comments

    This is really useful practice test for my future official test to become a Police Officer I do learn a lot from this wed, thanks Policelink.

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    melindasheriff3965

    about 6 years ago

    98 Comments

    this is great it really shows what you know and what you need to know thanks!!!

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    rudster

    about 6 years ago

    12 Comments

    I,m 42 years old and I wonder if that is to old. I am in great shape but I have no idea if 42 years old is to old?

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    rudster

    about 6 years ago

    12 Comments

    I,m 42 years old and I wonder if that is to old. I am in great shape but I have no idea if 42 years old is to old?

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    kidabilene

    about 6 years ago

    18 Comments

    what percentage of the test is math or reading comprehension? What are required scores? does it vary from dept. to dept.?

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    joliksyfrancis

    about 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    i can't wait to get my degree !

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    crw91

    about 6 years ago

    4 Comments

    that was a great example

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    ZZZzzz

    about 6 years ago

    128 Comments

    Sgt is right on with this information, just keep your head on stright and you will see and be part of things you have never seen or believed before you got into this profession.

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    jallenrainey

    about 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    I am going to test for Charlotte PD and this helped me out with the topics that are going to be on the test

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