It removes subjectivity because there is
only one correct answer.

Any trained person grading the test will
have the same results.

Multiple choice tests can be administered
directly from a PC and graded instantly.

Prepare For The Written Test

1. Find out what's on the test. Visit the
police department website you applied to
for the basic components of the written
test. Common areas that are tested
include: judgment and problem solving,
vocabulary, spelling, grammar,
memorization, mathematics and reading
comprehension. If the website tells you
that you will be taking a civil service
exam, and that's it, then it is not
inappropriate to call human resources or
the recruitment section in larger
department's and politely ask what
components will be on the test. You will
find in most cases that you will be
provided with this information.

2. Establish a study program. Study each
component separately. If the
components given to you were math,
reading comprehension, and writing and
grammar then start with your weakest
area first. You can find most of the
information needed to tweak your
knowledge on the Internet. For example,
if you consider yourself weak in math you
can go to Google and enter the word
math. You will find a great site called
math.com. Here you can brush up on
basic math. You can do this with any

3. Take practice police tests. This can
reduce your anxiety and improve your
test taking strategies.

4. Organize your schedule so you can
perform your best on the day of test.
Prepare mentally. Stay positive. Negative
feelings of failure are common, but don't
allow these thoughts to enter your head.
Being prepared for the written test will
allow you to feel confident in the test
room. Study and practice prior to test
day will make a big difference in your test

5. Get enough sleep. Most adults do best
with 7-8 hours. Try to adopt this pattern
several days before the exam. Give
yourself plenty of time to have a light,
balanced breakfast. Minimize your use of
caffeine. Arrive at the test 20 minutes
early. Allow enough time to cope with
traffic, weather, parking, etc.
Written Test Tips

1. Understand all verbal and written
instructions given by the test proctor.
Ask questions if you're unsure. The time
to ask questions is before the written
test begins.

2. Use the time given to complete each
section of the test carefully. Some
written tests are given a total time to
complete, others will be timed separately.
Divide the time given by the number of
questions. This will tell you how much
time you have on each question, or get
you close. Keep a steady pace
throughout the test.

3. Read each question carefully. Don't
get bogged down on any one question.
Sometimes a certain question will stump
you. Use your informed judgment to
make a choice between possible answers.
This is not guessing. To the extent your
decision is informed you are
demonstrating a degree of knowledge
and not just blindly guessing. Answer all

4. Avoid reading too much into a
question. Most questions require an
answer that is most correct. Reason
through the answers to find the most
logical answer.

5. Use all the allotted time given to
complete the test. If you finish early go
back to problematic questions and
re-think them. Use every second you're
given on the written test.
by George M. Godoy
Police Officer Test
Tips To Jumpstart Your Career
The police written test will vary
throughout the country. Some police
agencies rent the written test from
companies like Stanard & Associates that
specialize in the police entrance test,
while other agencies have written tests
provided to them by state run
organizations such as POST (Peace
Officer Standards & Training). Still,
countless municipalities with smaller
budgets write their own.

In the days and weeks prior to taking the
written test it is imperative to study. This
is one phase of the process that you will
have the opportunity to prepare, so
don't cut yourself short. A little
preparation will help you excel over your

Types of Questions

The police written test can comprise of
true/ false, essay, fill in the blank...but
the most popular type of written exam
used by police departments today is the
multiple choice test. The reasons are
straightforward. It is the simply the most
objective test to measure a candidates
ability to perform the tasks of a police
officer. In addition:

It is easy to grade.
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.

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