Preparing for the Promotional Exam: An Early Start
Police and Law Enforcement News
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
Title 9 Title 2A
U.S. Constitution Management and
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.
NJLawman.com 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
Right now is a fantastic time to begin your preparation for this massive
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.