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 score.

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,
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 questions.

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.
Police Exam

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