Custom Written Promotional Exams And Assessment Center Exercises For Law Enforcement Agencies

We offer low cost and legally defensible written exams and assessment center services, and we specialize in the advanced Situational - Concept Written Exam for small agencies. Prices are reasonable, geared to small agency budgets. A custom textbook exam written for your agency can cost just $2,400.

We offer custom police promotional textbook exams for your law enforcement agency for the ranks or positions of;  Field Training Officer  -  Master Police Officer  -  Detective  -  Corporal  -  Sergeant  -  Lieutenant  -  Captain  -  Major  -  Commander  -  Deputy Chief  - Assistant Chief or even Chief of Police. We also are very experienced in structured interview and assessment center testing, and can offer your agency very affordable solutions in these areas as well.

Police Promotion Exams

What is the Situational - Concept Exam?

Because multiple choice tests must present the candidate with the answer as one of the choices, the test is really more about memory, study habits and test-taking ability, not decision making.

Promoting the candidate with the best study habits and memory should not be your goal - you want a candidate with the best knowledge, reasoning, problem-solving and decision-making ability instead. That's where our Situational - Concept exam comes in - it reveals who among your candidates is most likely to be the best supervisor or manager, not who is the best test-taker.

We believe typical multiple-choice exams, although popular, are fundamentally flawed.

Because multiple choice tests must present the candidate with the answer as one of the choices, the test is really more about memory, study habits and test-taking ability, not decision making.

The Situational - Concept exam is written by a veteran law enforcement professional who has applied the subject matter and is familiar with the position being tested for (i.e. the Subject Matter Expert). Our exam writer is a 27+ year veteran ranking officer who has held almost every position in a medium sized agency.

Each question on the Situational - Concept Exam presents:

1. A SITUATION, with a description of who is involved (citizens / police personnel)

2. A PROBLEM that has arisen out of the situation. The problem specifically involves a CONCEPT in the chosen textbook(s) or department policies, legal guidelines, etc. that is deemed important to the position by the Subject Matter Experts

3. A DECISION that is made by one of the police personnel at the scene.

The candidate is then asked the simple question, based on the textbooks and policy or law studied, "was this decision correct?"

Each question is a recreation of what each supervisor does every day - analyze situations and make decisions. Nothing could be more job-related than an exam that measures exactly those qualities.

Seems simple, but it is not. In case after case, candidates find the exams much more difficult than typical multiple choice, and unqualified candidates score lower, simply because the correct answer, the "hint," is not listed among the responses. The candidate must be able to read and analyze the problem, then correctly apply what they know without the benefit of any visual clues.

We encourage our agencies to apply a time limit to the exam, to further show which candidate has the best ability to correctly analyze problems, quickly recall supervisory and management concepts while under stress, and / or apply department policy and state law.

If your agency is serious about giving a quality, professional, cost effective and highly job related promotional exam, consider a custom Situational - Concept exam instead of one of the "off the shelf" multiple choice exams you can purchase elsewhere.

How We Help You

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We provide experienced, professional and proven law enforcement testing and assessment services at very competitive rates!

We are highly experienced law enforcement executives, assessors and subject matter experts with a proven track record of reliability and client satisfaction.

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SPEAK TO THE EXPERT - no cost or obligation - I've written thousands of questions from hundreds of textbooks - write or call me today for advice and information - Paul Patti - - or 800-479-7042.

We'll discuss your department's goals and you'll decide which textbook is best!

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Lt. Paul Patti (ret), Police Career and Promotion Services, LLC

Lt Paul Patti Police Promotoin Test Writer

Lt. Patti has over 27 years of law enforcement experience in southeast Florida.

His training and education includes a B.A. in Criminal Justice, a graduate of the Southern Police Institute, Police Academy and Firearms Instructor and many other certifications, and thousands of hours of law enforcement training.

His experience includes being third-in-command of a 145-person law enforcement agency, 17 years as a department supervisor and commander, 4 years in charge of hiring and interviewing, and 17+ years as a permanent member of the department's Oral Interview Panel where he interviewed OVER 500 applicants for law enforcement positions.

Lt. Patti also is the original designer of the Situational-Concept Written Exam, a very difficult and challenging advanced management and supervisory exam that challenges a candidate's understanding of 50 - 60 of the major concepts from a textbook, placing him or her in scenarios and asking if the correct decision was made. This exam is known to be highly challenging, job related and a highly valid predictor of success in police supervisory and management ranks.

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