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The Police Exams topic provides officers with the information they need for upcoming tests, from tips for acing your oral exam to answers for common questions about pre-employ psych testing.

Too many officers start out in top condition but allow their physical fitness to diminish
Success or failure in the police assessment center can make or break your career — being prepared will help you ace the assessment
The public expects police to be professionals — police agencies should expect no less from the psychologists who evaluate their personnel
The lawsuit alleges that two different civil service exams the state has used since 2014 violate a civil rights law
Taking a police fitness test can be challenging — you must prepare yourself beforehand
High test marks on a paper and pencil test are a poor predictor of future work related success
Here’s what you need to know
Simply put, candidates leave valuable points on the table in the opening moments of the oral test because they fail to distinguish themselves from other qualified candidates
Find someone to coach you, it’s worth a few points on the exam and may mean the difference between getting promoted or not
It has now become rare not to incorporate some form of assessment center testing in the examination processes, especially for the higher police ranks
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Study after study indicates that the ability to communicate, especially oral communication as opposed to written communication, is absolutely critical
One of the keys to winning that promotion is to prepare now for the test that hasn’t even been scheduled yet
What employer wants to hire a 50-year-old person new to a profession? Not many, unless you take steps right now to secure your future.
If we really want to attract the brightest and best qualified to our profession how should we do it? Here are some ideas
If situational essays (or oral board questions) are on your next promotional examination, remember to explain the organizational rationale behind what you write or say
If candidates who were just a few points from the cut-off score were allowed to move forward in the test-taking process, they might have a chance at getting an overall score worth promotion
Here are some of the things you should be doing if you wish to become an exceptional police officer
Once you start thinking like a supervisor, you’ll start sounding like a top candidate
A United States Supreme Court case could have far-reaching implications for police hiring and promotion
Not allowing candidates to participate in all parts of the testing process often results in the department not promoting candidate who would have done an excellent job
Here’s why candidates who achieve high scores in the written exam can pass the oral portion of the testing process but still not achieve a high enough score to be competitive
Regardless of the promotional testing process being used, there are things you can do which are within your control to position yourself for career advancement
The Leaderless Discussion and the Community Meeting Examinations test a wide range of knowledge, abilities and interpersonal skills
Play the role, act the part, and know the rules of the game
This article deals with the Supervisor/Subordinate – sometimes referred to as the employee conflict – examination
Are you ready to take the in-basket exercise?
One of the concerns in running an Assessment Center examination process is how to manage large numbers of candidates
Oral boards are now moving more towards questions which outline a situation and ask the candidate how he/she would handle it
Don’t wait to receive your written test score and begin studying for the oral examination