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  • Written ExaminationOrientation and

    Preparation Guide

    City of Tulsa

    Police Department

    Developed by I/O Solutions, Inc.

  • Tulsa PD Orientation & Preparation GuideCopyright 2003, Developed by I/O Solutions, Inc. for the City of Tulsa, OK

    Table of ContentsSection Page

    Introduction..................................................................................................................................... 1

    Objectives of the Orientation and Preparation Guide ..................................................................... 2

    Exam Specifications ........................................................................................................................ 3

    Number of Questions .......................................................................................................... 3Time Limit........................................................................................................................... 3

    Tips for the Day of the Exam.......................................................................................................... 4

    Ten Basic Test Rules....................................................................................................................... 5

    General Strategies for Taking the Entry-Level Police Officer Written Examination..................... 6

    Instructions for Using the Answer Sheet......................................................................................... 8

    Areas of Measurement .................................................................................................................... 9

    Verbal Comprehension...................................................................................................... 10Verbal Expression............................................................................................................. 12Problem Sensitivity........................................................................................................... 13Deductive Reasoning......................................................................................................... 15Inductive Reasoning.......................................................................................................... 17Information Ordering ........................................................................................................ 19Spatial Orientation............................................................................................................. 21Mathematical Reasoning................................................................................................... 23Number Facility................................................................................................................. 25Visualization...................................................................................................................... 26Selective Attention............................................................................................................ 28Flexibility of Closure ........................................................................................................ 29

    Strategies for Analyzing and Avoiding Errors.............................................................................. 31

    Behavioral and Attitudinal Attributes ........................................................................................... 34

    Reasonable Accommodation: Human Resources will make reasonable efforts in theexamination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise the HumanResources Department of special needs in advance of the examination by calling (918) 596-7433.

  • Tulsa PD Orientation & Preparation GuideCopyright 2003, Developed by I/O Solutions, Inc. for the City of Tulsa, OK

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    Introduction

    This Orientation and Preparation Guide has been developed to introduce you to the Tulsa Entry-Level Police Officer Written Examination. The exam consists of a series of multiple-choicequestions and rating scales designed to test important cognitive abilities and personalityattributes that are necessary for effective job performance as a police officer.

    In developing the police officer written examination, a group of law enforcement experts fromthe Tulsa Police Department (TPD) identified many of the tasks essential to the performance ofthe job of a police officer. From these tasks, essential areas for entry-level testing weredetermined. These areas are as follows:

    Verbal comprehension Verbal expression Problem sensitivity Deductive reasoning Inductive reasoning Information ordering Spatial orientation Mathematical reasoning Number facility Visualization Selective attention Flexibility of closure Behavioral and attitudinal attributes

    These test areas have been clustered or grouped into two sections on the exam. The cognitivesection, which includes 100 items, consists of verbal comprehension, verbal expression, problemsensitivity, deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, information ordering, spatial orientation,mathematical reasoning, number facility, visualization, selective attention and flexibility ofclosure items. The last section consists of 140 items that form the behavioral and attitudecomponent of the police officer examination.

    The selection process for the position of police officer is very competitive, and higher scores onthe entrance exam will increase your chances of being hired by the TPD. Although you are notrequired to read or use this Orientation and Preparation Guide, we encourage you to do so. Themore you prepare for the test, the more likely you are to improve your score.

  • Tulsa PD Orientation & Preparation GuideCopyright 2003, Developed by I/O Solutions, Inc. for the City of Tulsa, OK

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    Objectives of the Orientation and Preparation Guide

    1) To help you become acquainted with the types of questions included in the exam.This Orientation and Preparation Guide will provide you with a better understanding of thenature and format of questions that will appear on the entry-level police officer written exam.The exam is designed to measure the TPD job-relevant cognitive abilities and behavioralattributes. You will be tested on 12 separate cognitive abilities and several personalityattributes. A definition of each of these areas and an explanation of how they apply to thejob of an entry-level police officer will be given in this guide. In addition, sample testquestions are also provided in each measurement area to give you a good idea of the types ofquestions to expect. We encourage you to become acquainted with the differentmeasurement areas and question formats that will appear on the exam.

    2) To inform you of the rules governing the testing process.This guide will provide you with information about what you will be allowed to bring withyou when you take the exam. Also included in this section is information about what isexpected of you and what you can expect from the test proctors. It is a good idea to be awareof the rules before the day of the test so that you will not be distracted during the actualadministration and can focus all of your efforts on doing well on the exam.

    3) To provide you with some general test-taking strategies.It is very important to pay close attention to this section of the Orientation and PreparationGuide. The general test-taking strategies presented in this section can help to ensure that youwork as efficiently and effectively as possible on the exam. Following these general test-taking strategies may help to improve your overall score on the exam.

    4) To provide specific instructions for completing the exam answer sheet.Because the examination is computer scored, you will mark your answers on a computer scansheet. If your answers are not marked correctly on this answer sheet, you will not receivecredit for correct answers.

    5) To provide you with information about common test-taking errors and strategies foravoiding them.This Orientation and Preparation Guide explains errors typically made by test takers inmultiple-choice exams and includes suggestions for avoiding them.

  • Tulsa PD Orientation & Preparation GuideCopyright 2003, Developed by I/O Solutions, Inc. for the City of Tulsa, OK

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    Exam Specifications

    The exam is divided into the following two sections:

    Section I: The following twelve job-related cognitive abilities will be tested in this section:

    Verbal comprehension Verbal expression Problem sensitivity Deductive reasoning Inductive reasoning Information ordering Spatial orientation Mathematical reasoning Number facility Visualization Selective Attention Flexibility of closure

    Section II: Section II tests several job-related behavioral and attitudinal dimensions that arecritical for successful performance in this field.

    Number of Questions

    As indicated previously, the test areas have been clustered or grouped into two sections on theexam. The cognitive section includes 100 items. Your score on the behavioral component, orsecond section, of the police officer examination will be computed from your responses to 140additional questions. An overall test score is determined from your score on each section.

    Time Limit

    The time allowed for you to work on the police officer examination is two-and-one-half (2.5)hours.

  • Tulsa PD Orientation & Preparation GuideCopyright 2003, Developed by I/O Solutions, Inc. for the City of Tulsa, OK

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    Tips for the Day of the Exam

    Preparation for the exam. You will increase your chances of obtaining

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