.In the months and weeks before the New Jersey Department of
Personnel entrance exam is administered, there is always the
question of whether to take a test preparation course.
Our advice is a very big, ABSOLUTELY!
We say this for several reasons.
First, with this new testing cycle, you marry the score you
achieve for two years. Applicants testing now will not be able to
test again until two years from now. This is good for those who receive a high
score but not so good for those with marginal scores. And since
this is by far the largest and most important entrance exam in the
State of New Jersey, you cannot afford to be stuck with a marginal
score for an entire two years.
Second, as you know, the competition for law enforcement jobs
in New Jersey is immense. These positions offer excellent
benefits, job security that cannot be found in the private sector
and annual salaries that continue to increase to the 70’s, 80’s
Also, some mistakenly set out to just pass the exam. Passing
doesn’t meaning anything in New Jersey with the amount of people
testing. It all comes down to how high you score. Half of a test
point could bump you up over dozens (or even hundreds for the
larger agencies) of applicants testing against you.
Finally, much of your competition will be preparing with a prep
course. While there are no official estimates, before this
upcoming test is administered we expect that thousands will have
taken one of the offered test preparation courses.
When one applicant is going in on exam day blind while his or
her competition already knows the format of the exam, has
practiced with sample tests, and has learned strategies for each
section, it is quite clear which one will achieve a higher score.
As far as which course to take, you need to do your research.
Forget about “convenient location” or other enticing
offerings. You need to take a course that will give you results.
By now you have seen Key Testing and Review advertised on our
website. This company was started by former New Jersey Department
of Personnel administrators. Since then, it has merged with and or
acquired Salerno Consultants, Law Enforcement Associates
and the Center for Law Enforcement Studies (also known as
“Sisto,”) giving you the best of several worlds. (Key
Testing & Review)
There are other good courses as well, but, again, do you
As far as the test preparation books you can purchase in the
book store, most are a waste of money. The test you will take has
a specific format. There is no use brushing up on how to add
fractions if you will not be tested on it.
Testing is a skill. Without even knowing what to expect, there
are numerous techniques you can employ that will help you. Combine
that with instruction on what to expect, strategies for each
section, practice exercises, speed drills, and sample tests, and
you will be on the right path to achieving an excellent score.
In closing, it doesn’t matter which course you take as long
as it is a reputable, time-tested, results-oriented program.
Good luck to all of you!