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New Jersey State Police (NJSP)

Entry-Level “Trooper” Exam Preparation

The State of New Jersey has completed the 2017 New Jersey State Police “Trooper” exam cycle. The next announcement for an NJSP entry-level “Trooper” exam is not expected through 2018. Those who tested in 2017 and passed both the written and the physical assessment will remain in the eligibles pool and be advanced in the process through random selection as applicants are needed to potentially fill slots in an academy class. 

For information regarding the exam preparation services provided by Critical Concepts and Strategies (CCS Test Prep®) for the next New Jersey State Police entry-level “Trooper” examination, please utilize the form below to be added to the CCS Test Prep® email list or to submit an inquiry.

It is important to note that the NJSP Trooper Exam is not administered by the New Jersey Civil Service Commission (NJCSC) and does not follow the NJCSC testing cycle.

 

The NJSP entry-level testing process is as follows:

 

Step 1 – The Application. The process starts with each candidate completing a lengthy online application.

 

Step 2 – The Physical Exam. Prior to the written examination, each candidate must successfully complete a three-part physical assessment. The physical exam is limited to push ups, sit ups, and a 1.5 mile run. Each exercise is scored on a 1 through 7 point scale with the maximum score being a 21. Candidates must meet the minimum standard of at least a “1” for each of the three exercises and must have at least a minimum cumulative score of “15” to pass the physical assessment and move on to the written exam.

              Points Allocation for each Specific Exercise

Points                       Push Ups                Sit Ups                    1.5 Mile Run
   0 (Fail)                   17 or less                 20 or less                 14:27 or more
   1 (Minimum)         18 – 19                      21 – 22                    14:26 – 14:18
                               20 – 21                     23 – 24                    14:17 – 14:09
   3                             22 – 23                     25 – 26                    14:08 – 14:00
   4                             24 – 26                     27 – 29                    13:59 – 13.51
   5                             27 – 32                     30 – 34                    13:50 – 13:00
   6                             33 – 46                     35 – 48                    12:59 – 11:32
   7                             47 or more               49 or more               11:31 or less

 

The following video is available online as produced by the New Jersey State Police to assist candidates in preparing for the physical exam.

Step 3 – The Written Examination. The NJSP written exam consists of a combination of components used from various different exam vendors throughout the country. The timed components generally consist of the following:

  • Report Writing. Viewing a video scenario and completing a handwritten narrative.
  • Situational Judgement. Viewing a series of very short situational judgement video clips and selecting a response from multiple options.
  • Memory and Detail Orientation. Answering detailed questions about the initial video scenario.
  • Word Usage. Fill-in the blank sentence completion (word usage) section.
  • Trait Assessment. A comprehensive multi-factor trait assessment commonly referred to by the test-writer (vendor) as a work styles questionnaire.
  • Bio-data Assessment. A comprehensive multi-factor life experience survey.  

 

Step 4 – The Lottery. Wait to be selected in the lottery (random selection) to be eligible to move on in the process.

The remainder of the process includes a very thorough Background Investigation followed by the Candidate Review Board (CRB) for a standardized interview. If selected, the candidate will then be subjected to a medical assessment as well as a psychological assessment.  

 

Any candidate interested in preparing for the next New Jersey State Police written exam cycle should complete the form below to be added the the CCS Test Prep® email list.

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Complete and submit this form to make an inquiry and be added to the CCS Test Prep® email list for notifications and information.

Unless otherwise indicated, you will be added to the CCS Test Prep® email list to receive updates from Dr. Paprota regarding New Jersey entry-level testing. In addition to the New Jersey State Police Exam, dozens of other entry-level law enforcement exams are held throughout the year in New Jersey. The New Jersey Civil Service Commission is expected to announce the next statewide Law Enforcement Examination (LEE) in 2019. The results from the most recent LEE administration in 2016 were released on March 22, 2017. Likewise, nearly half of all municipal police agencies in the state are not under the civil service system and administer their own exams which are known in New Jersey as “Chief’s Exams.”

 

Dr. David A. Paprota, Ed.D.

Founder of Critical Concepts & Strategies (CCS Test Prep)

Round Border Uniformed Headshot w NameAs the premier entry-level law enforcement exam preparation company, Critical Concepts & Strategies (CCS Test Prep®) was founded by Dr. David A. Paprota to provide law enforcement candidates with the most effective exam preparation training possible. Dr. Paprota served as a chief of police with over 27 years of law enforcement experience and formally retired from law enforcement in 2016. Dr. Paprota has over 25 years of formal experience training candidates for the sophisticated, multi-factor psychometric examinations used for entry-level law enforcement. His formal research and education at Seton Hall University specifically focused on multi-factor psychometric testing which is the form of testing utilized in entry-level law enforcement. Dr. Paprota’s formal educational credentials, experience in exam preparation, and success in training law enforcement candidates are unmatched in the exam preparation industry.

As the Executive Director of CCS Test Prep®, Dr. Paprota ensures that only the most effective educational techniques and materials are utilized in the entry-level law enforcement examination program. Only the most respected and credentialed instructors are permitted to teach a CCS course. Dr. Paprota has personally trained over 17,000 law enforcement candidates and incumbents in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York over the past 25 years.

CCS Test Prep® utilizes the most contemporary and sophisticated technology to enhance the learning experience of each student. In-class exams are formally scored utilizing sophisticated Scantron scoring equipment and a proprietary software-based scoring system developed by Dr. Paprota. This allows for the production of an individualized scoring report for each student. CCS students receive an individualized scoring report for both a Preliminary Diagnostic Examination administered at the beginning of the program as well as for the formal, Final Examination administered at the conclusion of the program. As a result, each student is keenly aware of his or her strengths and weaknesses to better guide the student’s studies as he or she prepares for the actual examination. This important aspect of the course further enhances the learning experience provided through the well-developed in-class instruction, PowerPoint presentations, very focused course materials, and take-home practice examinations.

Dr. David A. Paprota, Ed.D.

Biographical Information

Dr. David A. Paprota began his law enforcement career in 1989 working as a special officer with the Beach Haven Police Department in New Jersey. He attended the Ocean County Police Academy, Class #54, in 1990 where he graduated #1 overall in his class. He joined the Tinton Falls Police Department in 1991 after finishing #1 on both the written and the physical open-competitive examinations. He transferred to the Lacey Township Police Department in 1992.

Shoulder Patch Honor GuardDr. Paprota was promoted to Sergeant in 1998 after achieving the highest exam score in the State of New Jersey. He was then promoted to Lieutenant in 2001 after again achieving the highest exam score in the State of New Jersey. Likewise, after achieving the highest exam score in the State of New Jersey, he was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2005. Dr. Paprota was ultimately promoted to the rank of Chief of Police in March of 2013.

Chief Paprota earned a Doctoral Degree, Ed.D., from Seton Hall University in 2012; a post-graduate Educational Specialist Degree, Ed.S., from Seton Hall University in 2008; a Master of Arts Degree, M.A., in Supervision and Administration from Seton Hall University in 1999; and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 1996. Dr. Paprota is a graduate of the West Point Command and Leadership Program; he is a Certified Public Manager (CPM) through Fairleigh Dickinson University; and a member of Mensa as well as the National Honor Society. He is a published author and has produced a number of police training manuals.

Dr. Paprota has distinguished himself in the world of testing throughout the years by not only achieving the highest examination scores within his department on his promotional examinations, but he further distinguished himself in achieving the highest examination scores throughout the State of New Jersey for each of his promotional examinations. Furthermore, Dr. Paprota has conducted focused job-task-analyses as well as authored and administered promotional examination processes for multiple, non-civil service, municipal police departments. Assessment of law enforcement personnel through written and oral testing has been a passion of Dr. Paprota’s for over 25 years.

In 2000 through 2012, Dr. Paprota served as the vice-president and co-owner of the largest and most successful law enforcement training company in the State of New Jersey. With over 25 years of training experience and after training over 17,000 candidates, Dr. Paprota is now focusing exclusively on entry-level law enforcement training with the formation of Critical Concepts & Strategies (CCS Test Prep®). In 2016, Dr. Paprota formally retired from law enforcement to focus on the continuing research and development necessary to maintain the top entry-level preparation program possible. Candidates who do their research will find that CCS Test Prep® is by far the best entry-level law enforcement training program.

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