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Mercer County (NJ) “Alternate Route Program” Exam 2019-01-20T01:41:39-04:00

Written Exam Preparation

Mercer County (NJ)
Police Academy
“Alternate Route Program” Exam


CCS Test Prep®
Chief David A. Paprota, Ed.D. (Ret.)

The Mercer County Police Academy held the most recent Alternate Route Program exam on Saturday, September 29, 2018. This testing process is unique as the list is commonly used for two years and a completely different exam is used than any other of the Alternate Route Programs in New Jersey. Candidates who were interested in participating in the competitive process were REQUIRED to attend a MANDATORY orientation meeting as the initial step on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The full information provided by the Mercer County Police Academy can be found by CLICKING HERE. The next Mercer County Alternate Route selection process should follow similar time-lines in either 2019 or 2020.

What is the Alternate Route Program?

The CCS Test Prep® Program is a very focused training course during which Chief David A. Paprota, Ed.D. (Ret.) works with students using an online platform for the two weeks leading up to the actual exam. Along with videos and instructional lessons, students have the ability to complete online practice quizzes which are instantly scored and include answer guides to ensure maximum retention and understanding. This focused approach has proven to be far superior to in-class lectures and has produced exceptional results.  


The Mercer County Police Academy utilizes a private vendor to administer the Alternate Route Program exam. The McCann and Associates (cognitive) exam is commonly used for the Mercer County Alternate Route exam. This is a very challenging exam which includes components such as: observation and memory, spatial orientation (maps), reading comprehension, logical reasoning, information ordering, situational judgement, etc. Most candidates take the exam over and over without ever achieving a sufficient score to be considered in any of the selection processes for which the exam is utilized.


For information regarding the exam preparation services provided by Critical Concepts and Strategies (CCS Test Prep®) for the Mercer County, NJ, Alternate Route Program examination, please utilize the CONTACT FORM below to submit an inquiry. 

Chief David A. Paprota, Ed.D. (ret.) will respond to your inquiry within 72 hours. 

Unless otherwise indicated, you will be added to the CCS Test Prep® email list to receive updates from Chief Paprota regarding New Jersey entry-level testing. Aside from the NCJOSI exams, the New Jersey Civil Service Commission is expected to announce the next statewide Law Enforcement Examination (LEE) in 2019.

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