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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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    countrybumpkin80

    over 6 years ago

    1444 Comments

    this is very helpful info to help you get a good head start on everything -thanks

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    laura26

    over 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    yes, i learned a lot.

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    fullissa

    over 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    This was very helpful for me as I will be taking my test in August but I am worried about the physical agility part of the test

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    Knuckles

    over 6 years ago

    70 Comments

    This was very helpful. I just took the exam and I felt like i did a great job on it. The preparation is what made me comfortable the most and trying to think like a police officer helped for the reasoning section. The only thing that sucks now is that I have to wait till Sept. lol

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    Anonymous

    over 6 years ago

    Really liked the examples of things to do like reading and memorizing and brushing up on math and grammer. Also liked the sample questions with explanations.

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    bisher33

    over 6 years ago

    22 Comments

    this is helpfull

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    mi_dezire

    over 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    So far this has been eye opening and very helpful. I am now sold and off to buy the help at policeexam911.com. I will comment again after I take my test which is later this month.

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    Anonymous

    over 6 years ago

    This was a good article. It certainly reinforces the use of common sense when answering. When I read the first question about the woman with the broken bottle, my first instinct was "deal with the immediate threat first, which would be someone attacking you with a weapon, then move on." I'm glad to see that the department uses the same "real world common sense" appraoch.

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    redragon987

    over 6 years ago

    8 Comments

    good information

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    jmontalvo_004

    over 6 years ago

    4 Comments

    Common Sense

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    jmontalvo_004

    over 6 years ago

    4 Comments

    Common Sense

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    NYPD_Blue

    over 6 years ago

    1062 Comments

    Good information.

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    1985_tarmstrong

    over 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    That is good info to know to be prepared for the real deal.

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    jamil08

    over 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    i always wanted ti become a cop this is great infromation.. i wold like to do some training

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    Oreto401

    over 6 years ago

    134 Comments

    interesting

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