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 the
answers you know first. This is very important.

Trust Your Judgement

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


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

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.
Police Exam
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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