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
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
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.