So many law enforcement applicants have asked me to teach them how to “pass” the law enforcement entrance exam and so I feel compelled to share information that isn’t readily available to candidates or for those that will someday, find themselves taking the written exam.
25 years ago when I was testing for a position in law enforcement there weren’t too many resources for applicants to garner information about how to prepare for the exam. Sure, there were a few books but most of them were dated and for me and a number of the applicants that I knew personally, those study guides were a pretty tough read, unnecessarily complicated, very dry and not terribly helpful. Technology has certainly changed and thankfully advanced our abilities to garner information but at the same time, information overload is in my opinion, can be just as detrimental as the older, confusing stuff that I dealt with so many years ago.
Having been intimately involved in the hiring process for more than 20 years, I’ve seen the tricks of the trade if you will and there are now so many different testing styles it’s almost mind boggling. There remains one unchanged constant over the years, and it’s the proficiencies that we test you for. There’s great information on the internet and there’s bad and it truly depends upon where you look and whom you choose to trust.
I’d like to share a tidbit with you in the event that you’re truly interested in learning a little known hole-and-corner type of testing technique that’s becoming more and more common. It’s the impromptu essay assignment usually assigned to applicants at the completion of the written exam.