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The pre-employment Suffolk County Police Department Exam is administered once every four years. Suffolk County Officer salaries and benefits are substantial.

The avenue to taking on a law enforcement job in Suffolk County is etched in stone.

  • Complete an Application.
  • Take and pass the Suffolk Police Exam.
  • Remain on an eligibility list until hired as a Police Officer in Suffolk County.

Suffolk County Police Department Exam

The Suffolk County Police Officer Exam contains three main sections:

This test assesses your ability to function in the role of a Police Officer, and highlights your cognitive ability, work styles and background information. You can expect to encounter multiple-choice questions that are focused on the day-to-day issues prevalent in the field of law enforcement.


Cognitive Ability Test

The Cognitive section is composed of eight ability assessments:

  • Visualization
  • Spatial Orientation
  • Written Expression
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Information Ordering

Answer the easier questions first; then go back and answer the harder items. There are 100 questions in the Cognitive section, with a time limit of 3.5 hours. It is best to answer every question; guess if necessary.

On the Cognitive Test, you will encounter many short passages, each followed by one or more questions. Four possible responses follow each question. Read every question carefully before marking your answer.

Visualization – Criminals often alter their appearance and that of their get-away vehicle. This assessment tests your ability to recognize the suspect and vehicle after they have been changed.

Spatial Orientation– The focus is on the use of maps and area layouts in order to gain an understanding of your exact whereabouts.

Written Expression– Two basic types of questions are included in the Written Expression portion of the Ability Test:

  • Determine the most appropriate way to express an idea. The response that you choose will represent the original idea, and reflect that idea more clearly and concisely than the remaining three alternatives.
  • Your task is to choose the logical order of action/sentences. Police Incident Reports are often used as the focus of passages.

Reading Comprehension– This portion is often referred to as Written Comprehension. Several moderately long passages, each followed by one or more questions, are included within the Reading Comprehension portion. In order to focus in on the subject matter of the questions, read the questions before reading the passage.

Problem Sensitivity– Your ability to identify the existence of problems is assessed in this portion of the test. There are two basic question sources covered:

  • Witness accounts are presented. You will pick the account that significantly differs from the statements of the other witnesses.
  • A set of rules are followed by the description of a situation. The task is to choose the most problematic manner of responding to the incident.

Deductive Reasoning– This type of reasoning is characterized by utilizing a general rule or law to determine the classification of specifics. The exam provides several case classifications. The requirement is to determine the classification of the case presented.

Inductive Reasoning– Given various particulars, the task is to decipher the rule. To find the correct answer, focus on common elements. Many questions contain the description of the suspects in various crimes. Finding the substantial commonality and differences in the descriptions, lead to a determination as to which crimes a particular defendant is suspected of committing.

Information Ordering– Sequencing information appropriately is the object of this assessment.


Work Styles Questionnaire (WSQ)

This section of the exam is practically a personality assessment test. It assesses your work goals, teamwork, leadership propensity, sensitivity to negative remarks and decision-making ability. You will read a statement, then select the rating that most closely reflects your views. There are five ratings to choose from: Strongly Disagree (1) through Strongly Agree (5). It is essential that you answer every question in this section of the Suffolk Police test.


Life Experience Survey (LES)

In the LES section, you will encounter a wide range of topics. Each question is followed by five alternatives. The job is to pick the response that best describes you and your past experiences. The assessments contained in LES concern characteristics such as work ethic and community-based involvement. You are required to answer every question in the Life Experience Survey section.


Who takes the Suffolk Police test?

Applicants for the positions of Police Officer and Police Officer (Spanish Speaking) are the test-takers. The written exam is in English, and it is the same test for both job titles. A subsequent Spanish oral language proficiency test is given to Spanish Speaking candidates who pass the written exam. Those who fail the oral proficiency test will remain on the eligibility list for the Police Officer position. 


Testing Dates

The last filing date is April 1, 2015. The Suffolk County Police Test will be administered on June 13, 2015. Approximately 10 days prior to the written exam, you will be notified by mail of the specific time and location of your test. 


Scoring

Each section is scored separately; and the three scores are combined to formulate the test result. Applicants must pass the Suffolk County PD Exam in order to be placed on the eligibility list for officer vacancies. The “pass” threshold is 70.


Preparing for the Suffolk County Police Officer Exam

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