New Jersey State Police (NJSP)
State Trooper Entry-Level Exam Preparation
The New Jersey State Police (NJSP) are opening their application period on Monday, February 3rd, 2020 for another open-competitive testing cycle. The online application period will only be open for a 3 week period, and will close on Sunday, February 23rd, 2020.
Once the short-form online application is properly submitted, the competitive process starts with a physical assessment which includes only push-ups, sit-ups, and a distance run (see info below). Only those candidates who pass the physical test will be permitted to move on to the written testing which will be scheduled over a couple week period within days/weeks of the physical.
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.
Registration for the CCS Test Prep® Program
for the next NJSP will open soon.
This CCS Test Prep® program involves both in-class instruction as well as the use of the CCS Test Prep® Online Learning Platform to ensure that students are prepared on test day. During the seminar, each student will have the opportunity to sit for a Formal Diagnostic Exam (short version) which will be Scantron™ scored then analyzed through Dr. Paprota’s special scoring software to apply the proper weighting of responses. Each student will receive a formal scoring report which will identify the student’s strengths and weaknesses leading into his or her studies.
|The CCS Test Prep® Program|
|Chief David A. Paprota, Ed.D. conducts two four-hour sessions of instruction followed by working with candidates via the CCS Test Prep® Online Learning Platform up to the time of the actual test.
Once the in-class instruction is completed, 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 the top scores.
The NJSP entry-level testing process is as follows:
Step 1 – The Application. The process starts with each candidate completing a lengthy online application. The application period has been announced as beginning Monday, April 29, 2019 and closing Sunday, May 12, 2019.
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 2019. 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.”