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Police and Law Enforcement Home    >        >    Preparing for the Promotional Exam: An Early Start

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Preparing for the Promotional Exam: An Early Start
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Tuesday, January 9, 2013 11:09 p.m.



It's been several years since the last sergeant's exam was administered by the Civil Service Commission, but a new test has been announced for April 13, 2013. 

And while there are still a lot of questions, the time to start preparing is now.

We don't know what the new format will be, but it's is a safe bet that the old areas of study will still be relevant:

          New Jersey 2C Criminal Code             Search and Seizure Law
          Title 39 Motor Vehicle Code              Attorney General Guidelines
          Title 9                                          Title 2A
          U.S. Constitution                            Management and Supervision

We should get more insight into the exam soon.  According to the Civil Service Commission website:

Additional information will be outlined in the Orientation Guide that will be posted on the Civil Service Commission website by February 1, 2013.

The orientation guide will answer a lot questions.  But waiting for the guide would be a mistake and a waste of valuable study time. will be closely following and helping during the race to the test.  In the next month, we will be posting our Promotional Exam Resource Center which will be a section of our website containing various resources for those taking the upcoming sergeant's promotional exam as well as the exams for other ranks. The section will include articles, sample quizzes, info of the week, etc.  This article will be the first of many to follow.

As indicated above, our first piece of advice is not to wait for the orientation guide. 

Right now is a fantastic time to begin your preparation for this massive studying endeavor. 

Go out and buy the pencils, yellow pads, sticky notes, index cards, etc.  Start setting up an area in your house which will serve as the war room.  Begin putting together a study schedule and penciling in what your are going to study and when.

Organization is the key to the study effort.  For most, preparing for a promotional exam will be the largest academic undertaking of your life.  You have to be extremely organized, and now is the time to get started.

While all eight of the areas listed above are very testable, some are more testable than others.  We don't know which management books will be used, so ignore them for now. 

The Attorney General's Guidelines, 2C and search and seizure law (case law) are the most testable areas, so begin there. 

Put on a pot of coffee.  It's going to be a long couple of months, but it can be enjoyable too. 

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

For those who truly commit themselves, the learning that you will experience over the next several months will last you forever.   

But, let's focus on learning for April 13th for now.







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