How to Pass the New Jersey Civil Service Police Exam

NJ Police Departments use the LEAB

NJ Police Departments use the LEAB

The New Jersey Civil Service Commission requires you to pass the New Jersey Law Enforcement Exam (LEE). The LEE is based upon the Law Enforcement Aptitude Battery (LEAB) published by EB Jacobs. 

The 3-hour exam is made up of three sections: Ability Test, Work Styles Questionnaire, and Life Experience Survey. The exam lasts for 3 hours. It consists of multiple-choice questions and behavioral statements.

Most agencies in New Jersey require that you pass this entry exam. Some NJ Police Departments use the NCJOSI exam described here.


Questions Included on the LEAB

You must prepare for the LEAB

You must prepare for the LEAB

Fort Lee, NJ Police Department

Fort Lee, NJ Police Department

LEAB Ability Test Questions

The LEAB Ability Test consists of 48 multiple choice questions on cognitive skills plus two behavioral assessments known as the Work Styles Questionnaire and the Life Experience Survey (below).

  1. Information Ordering
  2. Problem Sensitivity
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Reasoning - Deductive
  5. Reasoning - Inductive
  6. Written Expression

Work Styles Questionnaire

The Work Styles Questionnaire is designed to assess certain motivational, value-related and attitudinal characteristics. It contains 103 statements. Each statement is followed by a five-point agreement scale: Strongly Agree (1); Agree (2); Not Sure (3); Disagree (4); Strongly Disagree (5). Applicants mark the number that best reflects your attitudes, actions, preferences and opinions. 

Life Experience Survey

The Life Experience Survey consists of 68 multiple-choice questions related to your past history and experience.


How to Prepare for the LEAB


When you register for the LEE, you are given access to the LEAB Study Guide that EB Jacobs charges $5 for. This is a waste of money, as it contains only one example question for each subject.

At the other end of the value chain, is a two day seminar sponsored by Bernstein Test Prep. This seminar cost a whopping $645 and, in my opinion, is a rip off, as you will learn just as much, if not more, using the 2016 online prep course recommended here.

The BEST, prep course for the LEAB is the LEAB QuikPrep Course by Sgt. George Godoy. The benefits are obvious:

  • All the LEAB cognitive subjects are covered in great detail
  • Engaging, multimedia lectures present winning strategies
  • Hundreds of LEAB practice questions available online
  • In-depth Lectures & Practice questions are provided for the:
    • Work Styles Questionnaire and
    • Life Experience Survey
  • Bonus material:
    • Managing Your Job Search
    • How to Not Fail the Polygraph
    • Best Practices for the Psych Exam
    • How to Impress at the Oral Interview
  • Proceed at your own pace
  • Mobile-friendly, lifetime access, one-time fee
  • Personal support from a veteran cop and police recruiter.