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Pennsylvania State Police Entry-Level Cadet Exam Prep 2020-09-14T23:54:15-04:00
CCS Test Prep®

Written Exam Preparation

Pennsylvania State Police (PSP)
Trooper “Cadet”


Chief David A. Paprota, Ed.D. (Ret.)


The officials at the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) most recently administered a testing cycle which began as of August 1, 2019 and continued through September 9, 2020. For those who missed the most recent application period and testing cycle, the PSP has been running consecutive cycles without much delay in between. 

Beginning on October 4, 2019, testing began being facilitated weekly. Due to COVID 19, testing was temporarily postponed and extended through September 2020. Those candidates who applied received notice and an opportunity to choose a test date, location, and time from the varied options available at the time.

Any candidate interested in participating in the next PSP selection process will need to formally apply via the PSP website at PSP Cadet Application. CCS Test Prep® had open registration available to candidates throughout the period to accommodate all of the varied test dates.  The results from the written exam process will be emailed to candidates after all candidates have completed the testing. Candidates who tested between October 4, 2019, and the close of the testing for the cycle and score high enough, will move on to the scored oral interview panel (once all of the written testing is completed). 

Candidates with a test date set and who were looking to prepare to achieve a top score on the exam registered for the CCS Test Prep® program!

The CCS Test Prep® program for the PSP Cadet entry-level exam is made available to candidates up to the date and time of the actual exam. Candidates have test dates at varied dates and times throughout the year. The start date of this prep program is based on each individual candidate’s specific test date and time.

Candidates interested in the services of CCS Test Prep® are encouraged to register NOW! Questions can be submitted by completing the Candidate Inquiry form below.


The Pennsylvania State Police entry-level cadet written assessment is actually developed by a private vendor contracted by the State of Pennsylvania. The PSI (EB Jacobs) company, as contracted by the State of Pennsylvania, has produced the Law Enforcement Aptitude Battery (LEAB). This version of the LEAB is a 3-part assessment consisting of 158 questions which is administered with a 2 hour and 30 minute time limit. The 3 distinct parts of the LEAB include the following: Part 1 – Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) consisting of 48 questions; Part 2 – Work Styles Questionnaire (WSQ) consisting of 66 trait assessment statements; and Part 3 – Life Experience Survey (LES) consisting of 44 questions. The Pennsylvania State Police are utilizing the computer-based version of the LEAB. Candidates must achieve a high composite score on the examination to be included in a hiring process.

The CCS Test Prep® Program is a very focused training course during which Chief David A. Paprota, Ed.D. (Ret.) mails each student a comprehensive binder of instructional and practice materials, then works with students using an online platform for the 20 days 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.  

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Course Tuition: $395.00

Pennsylvania State Police Cadet Exam

CCS Test Prep® Written Exam Prep Program

Course Fee: $395.00

CCS Test Prep® Online Learning Platform
and personal consultation with
Chief David A. Paprota, Ed.D. (Ret.).

The program begins within 20 days prior to the actual exam date.

Students train on the
CCS Test Prep® Online Learning Platform
up to the day and time of the actual exam.

The CCS Test Prep® Program 

In addition to personal consultation with Chief David A. Paprota, Ed.D. (Ret.), starting within 30 days of the exam date, students will be shipped a binder containing instructional material and practice questions to begin his or her studies.

Starting on 20 days prior to the actual test date, registered students will be logged into the CCS Test Prep® online learning platform to begin the very focused program.

Part 1 – Cognitive Course: Students begin the online training program related to the cognitive portion of the exam within 20 days prior to the actual test date, and have continuous access 24/7 up to the time of the actual exam.

Part 2 – Trait Assessment Course: Students will be provided access to the Trait Assessment portion of the program 10 days prior to the actual test date, and will have access 24/7 up to the time of the exam.

Part 3 Bio-Data Course: Students will be provided access to the Bio-data portion of the program 5 day prior to the actual test date, and will have access 24/7 up to the time of the exam.

Chief David A. Paprota, Ed.D. (Ret.) actively monitors student progression and performance in the course each day. This is an active course with real-time scoring and answer guides for the online quizzes. Likewise, Chief Paprota is available each day for consultation and guidance to ensure optimal understanding and performance.


Refund Policy: Due to the nature and structure of online training, there is a strict NO REFUND policy once ANY course material or ANY online content is accessed (NO EXCEPTIONS). Prior to accessing the course or prior to the mailing of course material, any refund must be requested in writing via email no later than 10 days prior to the earliest actual exam date to [email protected] and is subject to a $75 administrative charge if approved.


For information regarding the exam preparation services provided by Critical Concepts and Strategies (CCS Test Prep®) for the Pennsylvania State Police Entry-Level “Cadet” examination, please utilize the CONTACT FORM below to submit an inquiry. 

Dr. David A. Paprota 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 Dr. Paprota regarding Pennsylvania entry-level testing. Aside from the PSP exam, you will receive email notifications including, but not limited to the Abington Township Police Department, Allentown Police Department, and the Montgomery County Consortium Police Officer exams.

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