How to Pass the New Jersey Civil Service Police Exam
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: Cognitive Abilities Test, Work Styles Questionnaire, and Life Experience Survey. The exam lasts for 3 hours and 40 minutes. 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
LEAB Cognitive Abilities Test
The LEAB Cognitive Abilities Test consists of 48 multiple choice questions typical of what is found on most police exams.
- Information Ordering
- Problem Sensitivity
- Reading Comprehension
- Reasoning - Deductive
- Reasoning - Inductive
- Written Expression
Work Styles Questionnaire
The Work Styles Questionnaire is designed to assess certain motivational, value-related and attitudinal characteristics. As of 2017, it contains 173 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.You won't need more than 30 minutes to answer these questions.
Life Experience Survey
The Life Experience Survey consists of 108 multiple-choice questions related to your personal history and experiences. You won't need more than 30 minutes to answer these questions.
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 2017 online prep course recommended here.
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- All the LEAB cognitive subjects are covered in great detail
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- In-depth Tutorials & Practice Questions for the:
- Work Styles Questionnaire and
- Life Experience Survey
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- Managing Your Job Search
- How to Not Fail the Polygraph
- Best Practices for the Psych Exam
- How to Impress at the Oral Interview
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