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Police and Law Enforcement Home    >    Promotional Exam Resource Center    >    The Most Overlooked Resource of the Sergeant's Exam

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The Most Overlooked Resource of the Sergeant's Exam
Police and Law Enforcement News
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 6:55 a.m.


On hold since 2010, it looks like we will finally see the return of the NJDOP New Jersey Civil Service Commission sergeant’s exam.

It’s time for the pilgrimage to Staples to gather the tools and supplies that will be needed over the next several months.

Test takers have already begun scouring the pages of the management books, the law books, and the New Jersey Attorney General Guidelines.

But many will overlook the single most important reference material of the promotional exam study effort: the Police Sergeant Orientation Guide.

Every law enforcement promotional exam administered by the Civil Service Commission has an orientation guide.

The Police Sergeant Orientation Guide is ground zero for the sergeant’s exam. It is CSC telling you what to expect from the exam. It is the blueprint for what and how you will study over the following several months.

Yet many never bother to read it.

The orientation guide for the 2013 sergeant’s exam includes 37 pages of very useful information. It contains a breakdown of what to expect from the exam, practice questions with explanations, study techniques for different learning styles and much more.

How about this: Did you know that if you show up for the exam with a cell phone, you will be immediately tossed out of the building? From the orientation guideline:

Candidates who are seen with these devices in the test center, even in a power-off mode, will be disqualified and dismissed immediately.

A very common and serious mistake made by many preparing for the promotional exam is basing your preparation solely upon what you are taught in a prep course or what you hear from previous test takers.

The topics of your study should be those listed in the orientation guide, period. Simply, the prep course is a supplement to your own efforts, not vice versa.

Adding material to study effort based on advice from trusted sources is fine as long as you understand you are adding it “in addition to” and not “instead of.”

The 2013 Police Sergeant Orientation Guide is an especially important read in light of the uncertainty surrounding the new exam format. With the addition of the video component, test takers need every piece of information they can garner.

So, grab a cup of coffee, a pencil and a yellow pad.  And tear that guide apart.

Click here to view the guide.







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