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Step 5: Get Ready for the Exams

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Step 5: Get Ready for the Exams

There are many companies out there that offer study guides for generic law enforcement exams. If the recruiter you spoke to recommended one over another – buy it and study it from cover to cover. The exam is often times your key into the rest of the application process. Do good, because if you’re applying with multiple agencies, you can expect that your results will be shared amongst the recruiters. Here are some more study tips for you:


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    Shoebox

    almost 4 years ago

    18 Comments

    Hi, I am considering a police career in Florida. I know prior drug use is one of the questions they will ask in a polygraph exam and interview and application papers.
    I have a question. When I was 16 or 17 I have hit on a joint once. It was only one puff and I have never ever came into contact with Marijuana again. I might have been slipped some in a cigarette, when I was a smoker, but I am not sure about that.
    One more thing,
    about two years ago I was a driver of a car occupied by five people, including me. My passenger suddenly pulled a bag of coke and used some of it. I have never came across that drug before that incident, and also not after. I have seen that particular person maybe the third time the day that happened, and never since.

    My question is now: Will this keep me from becoming a police officer? This is my dream and it would really be dream shattering if I could not become a police officer because of that.

    Sincerely,

    Shoebox

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    japelaez

    almost 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    does florida highway patrol do ride along programs...

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    AFOSCO

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    I know this sounds dumb, but I have been having problems with the written tests. I am a horrible test taker & I have been passing physical tests left & right. I just bought two police test study guides- I just took Oak Brook Terrace & just received my POWER card in order to take the Elmhurst test. Very frustrated.

    Any testing advice is welcomed. Thanks!

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    PATIENCE21

    about 4 years ago

    24 Comments

    I NEED TO ENROLL SOON

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    You can find exam preparation books at amazon.com and they are very fairly priced, I just bought two of the today and look forward to receieving them in the mail. In the meantime I'm keeping up on my physical agility and strength conditioning/training.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    hy again, my goal is to finish my nursing degree and get in to law enforcement. thats my dream to become a police officer, and i know i will

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    hy my name is rosa, i have prety much tha same question they have,

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    longboy05

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    anyone have a study guide

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    chinah

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    what are the main things they test you on , on the test ?

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    Xela_182

    about 4 years ago

    28 Comments

    how far will an associate degree in criminal justice get me?..i live in san jose and the waiting list for san jose state is almost a year..i just want to get started already

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    cbrewster3

    over 4 years ago

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    I know of people in my basic training that were 45 and did better than most of the young guys!! So anyone can do it, you just have to be very highly motivated!! They love motivated people!! Definitely ask cops tons of questions! I Don't think security clearances transfer, and neither does any military time that you have :( but here there's something called "air" time that you can buy, idk what it is.
    Oral boards: practice in front of a mirror, a tape recorder, and in front of people! Be confident in yourself and what you know....

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    JFULFORD

    over 4 years ago

    24 Comments

    WILL STUDY ALL THE STUFF IF HAVE TOO IN ORDER TO GET ON TO THE BEST OF THE BEST. EVEN IF DOING THIS WHILE GOING TO SCHOOL.. EVEN IF I HAVE TO REPEAT THE READING WEATHER IT BE FROM THE EXAM OR THE SCHOOLING...I HAVE MY MIND SET ON DOING THIS AND GIVING IT MY BEST OF BEST JUST TO GET ON.

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    zatticus

    over 4 years ago

    30 Comments

    Dillard,
    It's not necessary to go to college for some agencies
    However,
    It is highly recommended, Better chance of being hired, better pay. etc.
    To get a B.A. in Criminal Justice
    :)

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    dillardbacon

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    do u have to go to college

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    guarddog45

    almost 5 years ago

    218 Comments

    I totally agree with your article. Study from a multitude of training exam books...I borrowed from my library and did the tests over & over. I even practiced the tests from different states in case on the state test they had a sampling from all over. When I took the Police exam this April(2009) I found many similar scenarios from the exam books I had been studying from. I also skimmed through some of my Criminal Justice textbooks on some basic court cases(like the whole part of the Miranda case), just so I would be familar with them. If your town/city offers a Civilian Police Academy I'd try it out...I went on lots of ride-alongs and they do help to 'open' your eyes about what cops do on a every day basis. It is not all fun & excitement. It did give me a chance to meet some really great people that just happen to have really cool jobs. Seeing what their jobs were like, helped to push me toward Security which has now helped to push me back toward Law Enforcement. GuardDog45

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