Texas Police Officer Exam Prep: Practice Tests & Study Guide

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## What Police Exams Are Used in Texas?

Each one of Texas' local police departments uses a written exam of their choosing to screen potential police officers.

In Texas, this written exam could be the FrontLine Test (El Paso), NPOST (various), NCJOSI 2 (Fort Worth), or NPST (Austin).

These methods usually focus on skills that a police officer would find critical in their field of work:

• Reading/Writing: This includes reading comprehension questions, vocabulary, grammar and spelling. Police officers work with the law and must be able to use reading & writing skills with fellow officers and the public.

Choose the correct option to complete the sentence:

They hoped to test how well ____ the big cats' wild ____ were by seeing if they could hunt.

• Basic Math: Working with numbers at the arithmetic level, including word problems and simple calculations. Police officers deal in sums of money, speeds, and numerical parameters within the law- so you will need to show you can do that here.

Let's try an NPOST math question next.

Which of the following is 8.1% of 27.3?

• Situational Judgement Tests: Also known as SJTs, these test your behavior in a given scenario a police officer might find themselves in. Many police departments give this section a heavier weight in their scoring, since the most important aspect of police work is arguably being able to make the right call in the moment.

The NPST has situational judgement test questions. Let's try one:

Officer Jackson recently began patrolling a new beat. Her previous beat was in a relatively low populated area, and she managed to build a close relationship with the community there. Her new beat, however, is located in a heavily populated district.

How should Officer Jackson adjust to her new beat?

• Inductive/Deductive Reasoning: These tests ask you to show your logical thinking by making correct deductions based on given information. Police officers need to be able to make deductions like this efficiently when discerning the nature of a situation in the field using their reasoning skills.

Here's a sample question for the inductive reasoning category.

While on his night patrol, Officer Kenny logged the following events:

Monday
9:00 PM – Gave two speeding tickets in District II
9:30 PM - Reported to a car crash in District II
11:30 PM – Reported to a bar fight in District III
1:00 AM – A home was broken into in District III
3:30 AM - Arrested a drunk driver in District I

Tuesday
9:00 PM – A man attacked another man with a knife in District I
10:00 PM – Gave three speeding tickets in District II
11:30 PM – Responded to a call that a neighbor was throwing a loud party in District II
12:45 AM – A home was vandalized in District III
2:30 AM – Arrested a woman for drug possession in District II

Wednesday
10:00 PM – A home was broken into in District III
11:00 PM – A man red a right light in District III
1:30 AM – Fined a bar for selling alcohol to minors in District I
3:00 AM – Arrested a man for domestic abuse in District I

Based on the events described above, Officer Kenny Should:

• Report Writing: Some tests even allow law enforcement agencies to evaluate your report writing skills, which any police officer will be required to do as part of their work.

The NCJOSI 2 includes deductive reasoning questions like this one.

Arson involves the use of fire or explosives to damage or destroy buildings, occupied structures, and other property including, in certain instances, one’s own. Arson offences range from first to fourth degree and from a Class 3 Felony to a Class 3 Misdemeanor.

First-Degree Arson
First-degree arson occurs when a person knowingly burns another person's occupied building or structure without that person's permission. The types of buildings or structures that are covered by first-degree arson law include houses, apartment buildings, barns, and even doghouses. These buildings are covered by first-degree arson as long as they belong to someone other than the person who set fire to them and as long as they are occupied by a person or animal when the fire occurs.

First-degree arson is a Class 3 felony with a maximum prison sentence of up to 12 years for those who are convicted. If the fire was started with explosives, the prison sentence may be longer, and heavier fines or other penalties may be imposed.

Second-Degree Arson
Second-degree arson occurs when someone knowingly burns someone else's property without that person's consent. The property must also be anything other than an occupied building or structure. Burning someone's personal property without permission falls under this law.

Second-degree arson is a Class 4 felony if the property burned was worth more than \$100.00. It is considered a Class 2 misdemeanor if the property was worth less than \$100.00. Since the difference between the penalties for Class 4 felonies and Class 2 misdemeanors is substantial, establishing the value of any property burned can become a key issue in a second-degree arson defense.

Third-Degree Arson
Third-degree arson occurs when a person intentionally uses fire or explosives to damage property with intent to defraud. This charge often applies to cases in which a person is accused of burning property to get insurance money. A person convicted of third-degree arson faces the penalties imposed for all Class 4 felonies.

Fourth-Degree Arson
Finally, fourth-degree arson occurs when a person knowingly or recklessly creates a fire or explosion that puts another person's life or property in danger. If a person is put in danger, fourth-degree arson is a Class 4 felony. If only property is endangered, fourth-degree arson is a Class 2 misdemeanor if the property is worth more than \$100.00 and a Class 3 misdemeanor if the property is worth less than \$100.00.

QUESTION: Mathew, a student at San Diego University, experimented with fireworks in his backyard. Consequently, a firework that exploded sparked flames in the grass. He managed to control the fire with water and no one was at risk. However, his neighbor's laundry was damaged from the sparks. Which type of arson is best suited to classify this occurrence?

Click here for a full page on the NCJOSI 1 & NCJOSI II.

The preparation pack offered on this page will give you everything you need to prepare for any police exam in texas. This includes the categories listed above, as well as additional ones to make sure you have everything you need to pass.

If you want to practice some more questions, here's our main police exam sample question page- with more free practice questions.

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