Whether you want to become a state trooper, sheriff deputy, and/or a city police officer, you must pass the police exam first. The civil service exam for police employment is required in all states across the board. So if you want to become a cop, there is no way around the entrance test unless you want to be a mall cop.
Contrary to popular belief, the police exam is not a walk in the park. In fact, the fail percentage for first time test takers is staggering. Some applicants sail through the test with no problems, but the great majority fail miserably. That’s why I always recommend first time test takers to study up on the test by downloading a police exam ebook.
A good police exam book will go over the 8 major components of the entrance test along with practice test questions and detailed answers. If you are uncomfortable downloading a police exam ebook over the Internet or you simply don’t know how,I suggest visiting your local bookstore to see if they have one available. Make certain though that any police exam prep book that you get at the bookstore is not outdated (Tip: any police exam book that was published before 2000 is probably out-dated).
Here’s the 8 major categories that’s going to be on the test…
- Report Writing
- Memory Recognition
- Reading Comprehension
- Directional Orientation
If you’re weak in any of the above test categories, I suggest getting a police exam study guide PRONTO and studying your tail off before the test. Now, if you are confident with all 8 categories, I would still invest in a study guide just because of the unknown. Plus, if you just happen to fail the test, you’ll have to wait 6 months to a year until you can retake it a second time.
Ultimately it is your decision, but I just wanted to remind you that resources are available to you either online or at your local bookstore. I hope this article has helped you in some way.