If you are allowed to write on the test
booklet, make a small mark next to
obviously wrong answers. If you need to,
come back to the question later, this will
save you valuable time; you won't have
to re-read all the answers again. Strive to
maintain a steady pace and complete all
answers you know first. This is very

Trust Your Judgement

Above all, have confidence in your
judgement. If an answer doesn't look
right to you, then it probably isn't.


Here's an example of how it's done using
a vocabulary question from one of my law
enforcement practice tests:

prerequisite training for this course
is a class in basic firearms.

a. required

b. optional

c. preferred

d. voluntary

Both 'b' and 'd' would indicate you have
discretion in taking this class and should
be immediately eliminated.

Put a mark next to both of them:

x b.

x d.

Now that you have eliminated two
choices, you make an educated guess
between the remaining two choices, a
and c. If you break down the word
prerequisite you know 'pre' means
before, and 'requisite' means require. So,
you'd most likely guess 'a' -- and you'd
be right!

In summary:  Immediately eliminate the
obviously wrong answers. If an answer is
partly wrong, eliminate it. If any part of
the test answer is wrong, the whole
answer is wrong. Eliminate it. If the
answer is a true statement but doesn't
relate to the question, eliminate it. The
technique of the process of elimination
regarding the law enforcement test is
crucial to a top score. In many cases,
when looking for the correct answer it will
show up as a choice you can't find a valid
reason to eliminate. It will be the only
answer left standing after the others are
by George M. Godoy
The Police Test
Techniques For Top Scores
Sergeant George Godoy (Ret.) is a 22
year police veteran.  During his police
career, Sergeant Godoy served for 5
years as a police recruitment specialist
where he personally tested over 1,000
potential police recruits.
In this article I will cover a technique
called the 'Process of Elimination' when
taking the law enforcement multiple
choice test.

Although there is no substitute for
having studied and possessing the
knowledge in the first place, there will be
times while taking the law enforcement
test that you will have to use the process
of elimination to score valuable points.
This technique has saved many people
from failing a test!

The concept behind the process of
elimination is that it is often easier to
determine why an answer is incorrect
than argue why a choice is correct.

Eliminate Obviously Wrong Answers

In multiple choice tests it will always seem
that two of the answers will jump out at
you as being wrong. They will hit you
right in the face. By eliminating these
obviously wrong answers immediately
you will greatly increase your odds of
choosing the correct answer. If you
eliminate just one of the four choices
your odds of finding the correct answer
goes from 25% to 33%. Eliminate two
answers and your odds go from 33% to
50% of choosing the correct answer...
this is where you want to be.

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