To ensure a future position in the police force, you will have to sit for a series of exams that begin with a written test. Given the hefty competition, you’ll have to score far beyond 70% (which is the requirement for passing) in order to secure a place on the list. Once you make it to that list, you’ll be called for an interview, for physical and psychological examinations, for a medical test, etc.
But the first step in the ladder is to ace that test. And we’re here to help you out.
What are the Requirements?
Depending on the city or state that you live in, the exam requirements will differ. You should, first of all, find out the exam requirements as per your state. Does the police department have its own exam (such as the one conducted by departments that use National Criminal Justice Officer Selection Inventory) or is it something else entirely? Finding out is easy, since all you have to do is visit their website. Alternatively, you can also visit a nearby office and inquire for yourself.
What to Prep for?
Before you can begin studying for the exam, you need to know what will be in the exam. From grammar to vocabulary, math to reasoning, report writing to analytical questions, know what you ought to be preparing for. In general, the police exam covers:
- Basic grammar
- Basic math
- Fundamental vocabulary
- Reading comprehension
- Writing skills
- Cognitive, Judgment, and reasoning skills
Furthermore, knowing in which manner you’ll have to answer the questions is equally important. Multiple choice questions are the most popular, with some asking you to choose the best answer or point out an error in a sentence. Others, like the reading comprehension, will include a passage. Tests for memory will include showing a picture or some data, taking it away, and making you answer questions. There is a lot, lot more to this.
Practice, Practice, Practice
. . . makes a man perfect—especially one who aspires to become a policeperson, or a firefighter, or a sanitation worker. Take practice tests if you have any present at your disposal.
Get All the Help You Can
Although there’s a treasure cove of study guide available at bookshops, most of them are filled with unnecessary material that is of no import in the civil services exam. You’ll also find that a lot of the stud that you need to focus on is missing from the study guides, which is why you can’t rely on study guides alone. Study under professionals to ensure that you nail the test when you sit for it.
Civil Services Success, Law Enforcement Service Systems, the Firefighter Training Group, and the Sanitation Training Group are exam prep schools that help candidates prepare for their civil services exam. With an unmatched legacy of 45 years in the arena as the only school helping candidates prep for the Suffolk County and Court officer exams, CSS has an esteemed reputation that it still lives up to. We offer classes in various locations that include Nassau, NYC, Suffolk, and Westchester. Get in touch with us today for more information on the sessions or register with us for the classes that begin from May.