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Top 5 Things to Study for the Police Exam

Top 5 Things to Study for the Police Exam

Sergeant Betsy Brantner Smith

Wouldn’t it be great if there was one and only one police entrance exam for every department in the nation? However, as many of you know, that’s just not the case. Every police agency has different requirements and different attributes they are looking for in an employee, which means you could take a dozen police entrance exams and none of them would look the same. So how in the world do you properly prepare for an exam that you might not see until the minute you sit down to take it? Here are five basic things you can do to improve your chances of passing any police test.

Practice Your Memorization

A large part of most police exams is reading and memorizing. You may think “I’m not good at remembering people’s names” or “I was always bad at memorizing things in school.” What you’ve got to realize is that your memory can be exercised and improved just like any other skill. There are lots of great games and programs out there that can help you improve your memory. If you believe you are weak in this area, then you will be weak. You’ve got to change your “self-talk.” Remember, memory is not related to intelligence; regardless of what you’ve been told or what has happened in the past, believe in your memory and learn to make it work for you.

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