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What is the CPCA Test?

The Connecticut Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) test is the initial screening stage for the Connecticut’s Police Force.

The CPCA Test defines a list of “qualified candidates”, out of which the best will move on to the next stages of the hiring process. (read more about scoring below).


What Is the CPCA Content?

The test is administered online, via PoliceApp.com, and contains multiple-choice questions that will assess your following abilities:

Critical Reasoning

Your ability to analyze and evaluate information and draw logical conclusions from it.

Sample CPCA Critical Reasoning Question

Detective Snow is reading a report about crime occurrences in his district.

  • All instances of disturbance of the peace occur on Bailey St., all public urinations happen on Benson St., and all illegal dumping occurs on Dillan St.
  • Most instances of disturbance of the peace happen on Thursdays, most public urinations happen on Fridays, and most illegal dumping takes place on Mondays.
  • Most instances of disturbance of the peace happen between 8 PM and 2 AM, most public urinations happen between 2 PM and 7 PM, and most cases of illegal dumping happen between 6 AM and 12 PM.

Which of the following patrol routes is most likely to help Detective Snow decrease any or all of these crimes?

  1. Benson St. on Thursdays from 5 AM to 11 AM.
  2. Bailey St. on Thursdays from 8 AM to 2 PM.
  3. Dillan St. on Mondays from 5 AM to 11 AM.
  4. Bailey St. on Fridays from 2 AM to 7 PM.

Basic Math

Your ability to perform basic mathematic calculations (four operations, fractions, etc.) without a calculator.

Sample CPCA Basic Math Question

What is the value of X?

(3x – 18)/6 = x/5

  1. 9
  2. 10
  3. 12
  4. 15

Language and Grammar

Your ability to use English properly and formulate correct sentences.

Sample CPCA Language and Grammar Question

They seem to be grimly ____ to cling on to this ____ belief.

  1. Determination, errorneous
  2. Determined, erroneous
  3. Determined, eronerous
  4. None of the above

Reading Comprehension

Your ability to correctly interpret facts and ideas in texts.

Sample CPCA Reading Comprehension Question

Over a billion people use Facebook, and Facebook allows them to place advertisements in order to reach just about any group of people imaginable. Some people prefer to advertise on Google, where they can find more active buyers. Yet, the advantage of Facebook is that it is a very popular network, enabling you to reach any segment of people, anywhere, within a very short setup time.

Anyone can create a Facebook advertisement by following three simple steps. First, you must register as a user on Facebook, if you don't already have an account. Next, you need to set up a Facebook profile page to represent your company or service. On your Page, you can promote items or services, interact with established customers, and create opportunities to reach new customers.

Finally, you advertise by reaching out to your customers with posts. Posts can be anything ranging from a notice of a summer sale to the announcement of a new product line.

Which one of these could NOT be regarded as a logical conclusion of the text?

  1. You cannot advertise on Facebook without an account.
  2. Google reaches more active buyers than Facebook.
  3. Facebook is popular among young people.
  4. You can communicate with customers by writing posts.

 Who Takes the CPCA Test?

There are four types of CPCA Tests. The tests are all conducted on the same date and time, but depend on your desired position:

  • CPCA Entry Level Police Officer Exam
  • CPCA Certified Police Officer Exam
  • CPCA Animal Control Officer Exam
  • CPCA Dispatcher Exam

Although all CPCA tests cover the same topics, the passing standards for each test vary.


What Score Do You Need to Pass the CPCA Test?

The required score to pass the CPCA Test greatly depends on scores of other candidates. As a general rule in psychometric testing, a score of 80% is the bottom line to be considered a qualified candidate.

According to PoliceApp.com, only 1 in 4 candidates makes it to that score. When looking at a score of 90%, we’re talking about 1 in 50.


How to Pass the CPCA Police Officer Exam?

Here are the three most crucial elements to focus on in order to pass the CPCA Test:

Learn How to Solve CPCA questions

Although it seems to go without saying, that is a point many candidates tend to overlook. If you had the time and funds to take a complete math, reading and critical reasoning course before the test, you probably would have.

As that is hardly ever the case, focus on getting used to the CPCA Test questions by solving as many questions as you can that mimic the actual CPCA test.

 

Learn Proper Time Management

Knowledge and skill are only one aspect of the CPCA Test. The other is time.

To make it to the top CPCA test scorers, practice questions "vertically" (that is, many questions of the same type in a short amount of time). This strategy will get you used to fast-paced solving.

 

Learn from Your Mistakes

Any question you solve is a chance to learn and improve. Unlike other psychometric test providers, PoliceApp.com does not provide you with a CPCA score analysis.

So that’s on you.

After solving, read each explanation thoroughly, even if you were correct. That will give you useful insights both for the way to better and quicker solving techniques, as well as understanding of your weaker areas.


What Are the Next Stages of the Connecticut Police Selection Process?

If you have successfully passed the CPCA Test, you will move on to a multi-tiered selection process, which includes the following stages:

  • CHIP (Complete Health & Injury Prevention) Test – Physical ability assessment conducted by CertyFit.
  • Polygraph test
  • Background investigation
  • Psychological examination
  • Oral examination

FAQs

I failed the CPCA. How long should I wait before I can take it again?

You can re-take the CPCA at any time, with no waiting time. However, you will be required to pay the testing fee again.

For how long is the CPCA score valid?

The CPCA score is valid for six months. To renew your eligibility afterwards, you need to re-take the exam and pay the testing fee.

Must I Pass the CHIP Test Before taking the CPCA Test?

No. The CHIP physical ability assessment is part of the selection process which comes AFTER the CPCA Test.

 

 

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