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As a deputy sheriff, you will be responsible for the enforcement of local and state laws that impact the safety and welfare of the public. When confronted with a dangerous or hazardous scenario, you will be tasked with the obligation to use sound independent judgment in handling the situation. Safety and crime prevention become the priorities.

Some of the elements of the deputy sheriff position include patrolling an area, investigating accidents and criminal activity, writing reports, interviewing witnesses and victims, gathering evidence, making arrests, serving warrants and maintaining prudent use of your firearm.


Content of the Deputy Sheriff Test

The deputy sheriff test content is similar, if not the same as, an entry level police exam. The Sheriff test is similar to the police exam because both departments have the same goal, providing public safety. The deputy sheriff exam is different throughout departments. There are basic subjects that are found on the exam. The exam is a multi-sectional test that may include one or more of the seven aptitude areas and a biographical inventory listed below.

  • Reading Comprehension – Passages are presented. Your ability to read for meaning is being assessed. You will be asked to recall information, summarize, analyze or draw conclusions based upon the information contained in the passage.
  • Written Expression – The cognitive skills tested in this portion of the exam include vocabulary, punctuation, English usage, capitalization, spelling and grammar. The reports that you write as a deputy sheriff must be clear and concise. The written expression section presents sentences. Some questions require the selection of the word or phrase that correctly completes the sentence. Other questions involve the identity of the one sentence that is grammatically correct.
  • Deductive Reasoning – This is the application of a general rule to a specific set of circumstances, events or crimes. Deductive reasoning is often assessed through the presentation of rules, procedures or conclusions. The task is to apply the rules through categorizing criminal actions or by selecting the statement that is best/least supported by the given rules.
  • Inductive Reasoning – You will be asked to find the connecting link between a series of objects, people or events. Questions may also involve the selection of the statement that most correctly paraphrases a short passage.
  • Data Interpretation – Expect to encounter tables, charts, graphs and diagrams. This section measures your ability to organize and keep records, along with numerical functioning. Questions entail the ability to select answers based on the information contained in the charts.
  • Mathematics – The basic math functions tested include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages, decimals, fractions, ratios, simple algebraic equations, area, perimeter, the application of given formulas and mathematical word problems.
  • Memory – Often termed “Accuracy of Observation”, this aptitude is tested through the presentation of a picture, to be studied for two or three minutes and then removed from view. The questions that follow the removal of the picture involve minute details of people, objects and background contained in the photo.
  • Biodata – Job performance can be accurately predicted from you behavior and degree of success in previous experiences. Those job-related experiences, both personal and at work, are the essence of the biodata section of the deputy sheriff exam.

Becoming a Sheriff’s Deputy

Deputy sheriff requirements are the same as entry-level police officers throughout the U.S. You will need to have acquired a high school diploma or GED. In order to take a physical abilities test, background check and drug test, you must successfully pass the cognitive aptitude exam (also known as the deputy sheriff written exam). Only after you have passed the exam, and all other tests, you will be considered a candidate for the training program.

Sheriff’s departments are seeking candidates who score within the top level of the pre-employment test and possess excellent teamwork skills, strong interpersonal attributes and good judgment.


Prepare for the Sheriff’s Deputy Test

Test preparation determines the test result. Reviewing our deputy sheriff exam study guide translates into an understanding of the overall test format and a view of the focal points behind sections and questions.

Working on our deputy sheriff practice tests gives you the benefit of re-acquainting yourself with the cognitive aptitudes contained in the exam. Our sample tests also yield a familiarity with the types of questions you will face. The end result is improved speed and accuracy. We provide a complete test preparation system focused on establishing a successful exam experience.


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