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Police Officer Exam For Dummies

Author:
Tracey Vasil Biscontini
Published: February 15, 2022

Overview

Prepare to serve your community with this easy-to-follow guide for future police officers

Open positions for police officers and detectives are expected to expand dramatically over the next decade. The time is right if you're looking to become a new police officer in your town or city. And whether you're hoping to become a local, county, state, or federal law enforcement official, the Police Officer Exam For Dummies has all the info you need to prepare for and pass the National Police Officer Selection Test or your local police officer exam with flying colors.

From the low-down on physical ability testing and the personal background interview, to targeted reviews of judgment skills, map reading, memory, observation, and recall, this guide will whip you into shape for the police officer test in no time at all.

In this book, you'll:

  • Get the instruction you need to find your confidence and banish test anxiety for good
  • Learn memory aids and tips so you can master the observation and recall test
  • Get actionable and practicable test-taking strategies that actually improve your performance on the exam

So, stop rubbing that rabbit's foot and start preparing like the pros do, with the Police Officer Exam For Dummies!

Prepare to serve your community with this easy-to-follow guide for future police officers

Open positions for police officers and detectives are expected to expand dramatically over the next decade. The time is right if you're looking to become a new police officer in your town or city. And whether you're hoping to become a local, county, state, or federal law enforcement official, the Police Officer Exam For Dummies has all the info you need to prepare for and pass the National Police Officer Selection Test or your local police officer exam with flying colors.

From the low-down on physical ability testing and the personal

background interview, to targeted reviews of judgment skills, map reading, memory, observation, and recall, this guide will whip you into shape for the police officer test in no time at all.

In this book, you'll:

  • Get the instruction you need to find your confidence and banish test anxiety for good
  • Learn memory aids and tips so you can master the observation and recall test
  • Get actionable and practicable test-taking strategies that actually improve your performance on the exam

So, stop rubbing that rabbit's foot and start preparing like the pros do, with the Police Officer Exam For Dummies!

Police Officer Exam For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The police officer exam actually involves multiple exams and evaluations. The tests are part of a multi-tiered hiring process designed to discover the "best of the best" candidates — those whom police departments consider ready and worthy to enroll in a police academy to train to become police officers.

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Tracking the Police Officer Hiring Process

After filling out an initial application, candidates vying for a position within a police department can expect to take several qualifying exams. The following table outlines the types of exams and what they entail.

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Elements of the Written Police Officer Exam

The written police officer exam is usually the first step in the hiring process, after a candidate fills out an application. This exam tests candidates in a variety of subject areas. Though the written exam may vary depending on the police department, two common exams are the National Police Officer Selection Test (POST) and the New York City (NYC) Police Department Police Officer Candidate Test. The following table outlines the most common subject areas and the types of questions related to each subject area.

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Tips for Acing the Written Police Exam

For whatever reason, written exams often make people nervous, which can cause them to make mistakes even when they've studied and know the right answers. The following tips can help you keep your cool during the written exam element of the police officer exam:

  • Carefully read and follow the directions.

  • Read each question and make sure that you understand exactly what it asks.

  • Pay attention to keywords in questions, such as not and except.

  • Read all the answer choices before you select the one you think is correct.

  • Make sure you mark your answer in the correct space on the answer sheet.

  • If you're unsure about how to answer a question, skip it and come back to it later. (If you still can't answer it, eliminate the answer choices that you know are wrong and make an educated guess.)

  • Don't change your answer after you've moved on to another question.