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Mastering the Police Written Exam: Your Blueprint for Success

Aspiring law enforcement officers,

Embarking on a career in law enforcement is a noble pursuit, requiring dedication, integrity, and a deep commitment to serving and protecting your community. One of the first hurdles you'll encounter on this journey is the police written exam—a critical step in the hiring process that assesses a range of abilities from comprehension to analytical skills. I'm Lt. Skip, with nearly two decades of experience in law enforcement and a passion for guiding individuals like you through the hiring process. Today, I'll share insights and strategies to not only prepare for but excel in the police written exam.

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Understanding the Police Written Exam

The police written exam is designed to evaluate your cognitive abilities, emotional intelligence, and ethical reasoning. It typically covers several key areas:

  1. Reading Comprehension: Tests your ability to understand and interpret written material, a fundamental skill for law enforcement officers who must comprehend legal documents, reports, and written orders.

  2. Grammar and Spelling: Assesses your ability to communicate effectively in writing, an essential part of daily reports and documentation.

  3. Mathematics: Evaluates basic arithmetic, algebra, and geometry skills, crucial for crime scene analysis and accident reconstruction.

  4. Incident Report Writing: Measures your ability to present information clearly and logically, a vital skill for writing reports that may be used in court.

  5. Logical Reasoning: Tests your ability to think critically and make sound decisions, a core competency for officers in the field.

Strategies for Success

  1. Familiarize Yourself with the Test Format: Generally, most police tests assess the same thing, they just go about it in a different way. Research the specific format used by the department you're applying to and tailor your preparation accordingly.

  2. Develop a Study Plan: Allocate regular study times and focus on areas where you feel less confident. Incorporating a variety of materials, such as practice tests, study guides, and online courses, can enhance your preparation.

  3. Practice Reading and Writing: Enhance your reading comprehension and writing skills by reading a variety of materials, including newspapers, legal documents, and fiction. Practice writing clear, concise reports on everyday incidents to improve your ability to communicate effectively in writing. If you go to your local bookstore and head to the study aid section (SAT/GRE/LSAT etc.) you can purchase a police written exam study guide. This will have several tests that you can take and give you good practice!

  4. Sharpen Your Math Skills: Revisit basic math concepts and practice applying them to real-world scenarios. Many resources are available online to help refresh your skills in arithmetic, algebra, and geometry.

  5. Strengthen Your Logical Reasoning: Engage in activities that challenge your problem-solving and critical thinking skills, such as puzzles, strategy games, and case studies. Analyzing real-life incidents and discussing them with mentors or peers can also be beneficial.

  6. Take Practice Exams: Simulate exam conditions by taking timed practice tests. This not only familiarizes you with the types of questions you'll encounter but also helps manage time effectively during the actual exam.

Beyond the Exam: A Holistic Approach

Remember, the written exam is just one component of the hiring process. Physical fitness, psychological evaluation, and background checks are also critical. Adopt a holistic approach to your preparation, focusing on physical health, ethical decision-making, and community engagement.


The journey to becoming a law enforcement officer is challenging, yet deeply rewarding. By approaching the police written exam with diligence, strategic preparation, and a commitment to personal growth, you're laying a strong foundation for a successful career in serving and protecting your community.

Remember, at Earn My Badge, we're here to support you every step of the way with resources, guidance, and the wisdom of experience. Together, we can turn your aspirations into reality.

Stay dedicated, stay disciplined, and above all, stay inspired.

Yours in service,

Lt. Skip

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