Candidates often inquire regarding test prep and say they are going to be taking the "Chief's Test." The expression is used to describe a testing process that is outside the state civil service process. What many candidates may not know is that the term "Chief's Test" doesn't identify a particular type of exam being used, just that it is not the civil service LEE exam. For instance, Washington Twp PD (Morris) used the IOS 2.5 hr NCJOSIv2, Maplewood PD used the IOS 90 min NCJOSIv1, Englewood PD used the IPMA - Public Safety Compass exam, and Secaucus PD used the McCann Associates Exam.
Each exam is significantly different in design, content, and approach necessary to score high. When preparing for a competitive entry-level "Chief's Test," it is essential to know what test you will be taking.
In New Jersey, the most commonly used exam-types are the two differing IOS exams, as they are administered through the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP). Some departments choose to use other 3rd-party vendors for their exams.
The testing opportunities are available throughout the year for the different chief's tests including the various Alternate Route (Police Academy) Programs. I update my "Upcoming Tests" page daily to provide candidates with an updated list of testing opportunities.
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Entry-Level Exam Preparation
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