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1. Ask yourself:

What exactly is the question asking?

What are the key words and phrases that will lead
me to the correct answer?

What problems need to be solved?

Can I break the questions down into segments and
make it easier to answer?

2. Reword the question to make it easier to
understand.

Paint a picture in your mind. Exchange abstract
words with concrete words. For instance, you may
want to substitute the concrete word, powder, for
the abstract word, talc. Why powder? Concrete
words like powder can be easily visualized. Abstract
words like talc are harder to paint in a mental
picture and therefore more difficult to deal with.
This technique makes the information easier to
picture in your mind and helps to jog your memory.

3. Think about each question and answer.

Don't rely on impulse. If you see a question or an
answer that instantly looks correct, be careful.
Don't react to your first impression. Read and think
through each question and answer. Many times test
makers will set traps by putting in familiar sounding
answers that are incorrect. This will catch people off
guard who are in a hurry and jump to conclusions.

Evaluate your answer by asking yourself if the
answer completely addresses the question. Don't
let the examiner trick you into choosing the right
answer to a wrong question.

4. Don't panic because the right answer
doesn't jump out at you.

The right answer is probably camouflaged by words
that are different than the ones you have in mind.
They also may be different than the ones in the
study material. You expect certain words and
phrases in the correct answer but the examiner
throws you a curve by rewording the answer -- a
situation that often causes test panic.

Look for the correct answer by:

Rearranging the words in the answers, or
Putting the answers into your own words.

5. Use common sense and general knowledge.

Use common sense by keeping an open mind when
attacking the questions. Look at the question from
different angles. Rely on your problem solving
ability. Treat each question as a new problem that
you must solve.

6. Don't search for hidden meanings.

Searching for hidden meanings by trying to read
between the lines will get you into trouble. In most
cases test makers don't intend to play cat and
mouse games with you. Their intent is to see if you
know your stuff.

Making an educated guess.

When you don't know an answer, always guess.
Never leave questions unanswered unless you are
penalized for wrong answers. If there's no penalty,
always guess. On a multiple choice question that
provides four possible answers, you have a 25
percent chance of guessing the correct answer even
with a completely wild guess. This beats zero
percent when you don't answer at all.
by George M. Godoy
The Police Officer Exam
Tips for Success
You are about to find out the major reason why
some people are very good test takers and why
their test scores consistently exceed their actual
knowledge of the test subject -- superior test
takers reason out the answers to difficult questions.

Good test takers don't give up on questions when
they don't know the answers. They look for clues in
the questions that lead them to probable answers.
They use a systematic technique called educated
guessing. That's right educated guessing.

They don't throw mud on the wall to see what
sticks. There is no shot in the dark guessing. I'm
talking about a systematic technique for guessing --
a formula for weeding out the bad answers and
coming up with the probable right answer.

Let me set one thing straight, good test takers do
study the material as hard or harder than everyone
else. However, what makes them excel is their ability
to reason out correct answers when they don't
know the answers to the questions.

When confronted with difficult questions, search for
test taker clues, then use these educated guessing
techniques.
Sergeant George Godoy (Ret.) is a 22 year police
veteran.  During his police career, Sergeant Godoy
served for 5 years as a police recruitment specialist
where he personally tested over 1,000 potential
police recruits.
Police Exam
Preparation

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