When you made your decision to become a correctional officer, you made a decision to change your life. And when you turned in your application, you took your first step in a grueling process towards achieving your goal.
The first hurdle. The first cold sweat in a long line of cold sweats. Now’s the time to untie the knot in your stomach and re-tighten your guts to prepare for the first punch of reality: you’re actually on your way to becoming a correctional officer.
Whether you hate tests or you ace tests to draw a bead on living your life behind a badge, you need to turn your mind into a diamond-dust whet stone and hone your wits razor-sharp. Your goal in the correctional officer written test, your first step towards your badge, is simple and single-minded: get the highest scores possible on the exam for the highest ranking possible on the eligibility list.
Test Day Advice:
Tips On How to be Successful On The Exam
On test day there will be some nerves. However don’t panic, read some of tips below:
- Follow the oral and written instructions that are given to you during the orientation session before each test section. Failure to follow instructions can be detrimental to your testing and you could be disqualified for failure to follow instructions. Therefore, don’t be afraid to ask the test proctor for help if you do not understand the instructions.
- Familiarize yourself with the time limits for each section and be aware of how much time you have used. You can check your remaining time periodically during the test. It is your responsibility to manage your time. If you do not know the answer to a question, skip it and come back to the question later. Do not spend too much time on one question. If you run out of time, questions you do not answer are counted as incorrect.
- It is to your advantage to answer all of the test questions. If you are not sure which answer is correct, eliminate choices you know are wrong. If you can narrow the number of choices, you increase your chances of answering the question correctly.
- If time allows, check your answers. Be sure you have answered all of the questions in the section.
- Rely on your own ability; do not cheat. Anyone caught cheating or attempting to cheat will be disqualified and his or her test results will be invalidated and the testing process will be stopped.
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