New Jersey State Police (NJSP)
State Trooper Entry-Level Exam Preparation
The New Jersey State Police (NJSP) accepted applications for the 2020 testing cycle from Monday, February 3rd, 2020 through Sunday, February 23rd, 2020. Candidates who submitted the short-form online application enter a competitive process which begins with both written testing and a physical assessment. The customary process of administering a physical assessment as the first step has been modified to now having the written testing administered as the first step. The physical assessment involves push-ups, sit-ups, and a distance run (see info and video below).
The NJSP written exam series is a compilation of different testing components brought together to assess Trooper candidates. The testing includes note-taking, report writing, memorization, reading comprehension and word-usage, video-based situational judgement, trait assessment and bio-data assessment. Preparation is very important, as there is no re-takes or do-overs. Candidates must score sufficiently on each part of the exam to move on in the process.
The CCS Test Prep® Online Program for the written testing series begins with access starting 15 days before the individual student’s scheduled test date and continues 24/7 up to the date of testing. Any adjustment in the scheduling of the actual test dates will result in an adjustment in the scheduled training dates as well to ensure students are prepared on test day.
CCS Test Prep® trains only the most serious and committed candidates using a very focused written exam preparation program. Only those candidates who register early and are committed to the process will be accepted by Chief David A. Paprota, Ed.D. (Ret.) to complete the CCS Test Prep® Program. The next NJSP testing cycle will be announced to fill the 2021 academy classes and will be very competitive.
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This CCS Test Prep® program has proven to be very effective in helping dedicated candidates in achieving excellence and moving on in the selection process. The program is very focused and available to students 24/7 leading up to the student’s test date to ensure the best preparation possible. During the online training, each student will have the opportunity to complete quizzes that are instantly scored. Students will be able to quickly identify their personal strengths and weaknesses throughout their studies. Due to the focused nature of the program, the convenience of the 24/7 access, and all of the proven benefits of computer-based learning, students are able to achieve proficiency levels just not possible in basic instructor-led, in-class lectures.
|The CCS Test Prep® Program|
|Chief David A. Paprota, Ed.D. utilizes the CCS Test Prep® Online Learning Platform to provide the best test preparation services possible.
The program start date is based on the individual student’s test date. Registered students will begin the program no sooner than 15 days prior to their test date. Once the program begins, students are provided access to the online training program and materials. Students will then have access 24/7 through the time of the actual examination. Chief Paprota has developed this program specifically to prepare NJSP candidates for the upcoming exam. This exam type is not otherwise used in NJ, so this is a special program to assist CCS Test Prep® in achieving excellence.
The NJSP entry-level testing process is as follows:
Step 1 – The Application. The process starts with each candidate completing a 40 question online application. The most recent application period was facilitated between Monday, February 3, 2020 through Sunday, February 23, 2020.
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
2 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 – Group Selection. Wait to be selected as part of a group chosen 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 pre-registration form (above) to be added the the CCS Test Prep® email list.
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.
Unless otherwise indicated, you will be added to the CCS Test Prep® email list to receive updates from Chief David A. Paprota, Ed.D. (Ret.) 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 July of 2021/22. 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.”