The P.T.S. staff is available to answer your questions. If you have questions that are not answered below, please submit your question through the Contact Us page or else call the office to speak with a member of the P.T.S. staff.
Q: How will taking the P.T.S. course help me prepare for my upcoming promotional examination?
A: P.T.S. promotional courses provide our students with all of the information and materials necessary for their success on their promotional examination. The P.T.S. promotional courses are delivered to our students in a series of sessions. In each session, we break down the subject matter areas that may appear on the promotional examination. Each session includes one or more lectures covering the topics contained in the written materials (P.T.S. Digests that break-down, analyze and make understandable the source materials used by the examiners), together with scores of practice questions with answers. All promotional exams are largely content based, but also include specific types of reading comprehension questions (i.e. interpreting and preparing written material, paragraph/sentence rearrangement, sentence coherence, etc.). Each P.T.S. promotional course includes “on target” instruction and practice questions that strengthen the reading and reasoning skills of our students and provides them with the proven and necessary techniques to answering the specific types of reading comprehension questions used by the examiners.
Q: Are live classroom sessions held for the P.T.S. promotional courses?
A: P.T.S. rarely holds live classroom instruction that parallels the online course sessions. Instead, P .T.S. does usually hold one-day "Cram" sessions in the weeks immediately before an upcoming promotional examination. P.T.S. announces the "Cram" sessions well in advance. The best way to stay informed about P.T.S. online home study courses and live classroom “Cram” sessions is to sign up to receive the P.T.S. Announcements.
Q: How will taking the P.T.S. course help me prepare for my upcoming police entrance examination?
A: The P.T.S. entrance course provides our students with all of the information and materials necessary for their success on the entrance examination. The P.T.S. entrance course is offered both online and in a live classroom setting. The P.T.S. entrance course, online and live, includes six hours of instruction and volumes of material covering the memory exercise and reading comprehension (interpreting and preparing written material in a police setting, paragraph/sentence rearrangement, sentence coherence, etc.) questions that the examiners always include on the police entrance examination. The P.T.S. entrance course strengthens our students reading and reasoning skills and provides them with the proven and necessary techniques to answering the specific types of questions used by the examiners.
Q: When are police entrance and promotional examinations given in New York?
A: Police entrance and promotional examinations (outside of New York City) are regularly offered each year as follows:
- March – Chief/Deputy Chief Promotional Examination
- June - Sergeant/First-Line Supervisor/Investigators Examination
- September/October - Lieutenant & Captain/Second & Third-Line Supervisor
- November - Entry-Level Police Officer/Deputy Sheriff
New York City has its own civil service rules and offers its entrance examination on a continuous basis and its promotional examinations irregularly.
Q: How do I know when the next police (entrance or promotion) examination will be given and how do I apply to take it?
A: Police civil service examinations (outside of New York City) are prepared by the New York State Department of Civil Service and administered by municipal civil service offices. Each jurisdiction (outside of New York City) usually offers a police examination each year with each level of police examination being on a 2 to 4 year cycle. You must contact the local municipal civil service offices to find out when the next police entrance or promotional level examination will be given. The New York State Department of Civil Service directory of municipal civil services offices is available at http://www.cs.ny.gov/employees/local/local.cfm or on their map at http://www.cs.ny.gov/jobseeker/local/map.cfm.
Q: Do I need to have a college or advanced degree to take a police entrance or promotional examination?
A: No, except some police departments may require candidates to obtain a minimum number of college credits before appointment. Even rarer is the requirement that a candidate possess a college or advanced degree before promotion. Any such requirements will be spelled out in the examination announcement. Nonetheless, all police entrance and promotional examinations are designed to test critical reading and reasoning skills which are often associated with higher education. That being said, every P.T.S. course includes instruction that closes the “formal” education gap and positions all of our students to conquer the toughest exam questions and score at the top of the list.
Q: Is there a single degree or course of study I should pursue to enhance my knowledge and skills in preparation to becoming a police officer or a police supervisor?
A: Not necessarily. Undergraduate criminal justice and law classes may give you a foundation to build upon. What is most important is the acquisition of strong reading, writing and reasoning skills. All educational learning experiences and every earned degree can make a difference – in how you will perform on civil service examinations and in the field. In our opinion, a Juris Doctorate (Law School Degree) is the pinnacle of higher education in the field of law enforcement. Law school is the study of statutory construction and legal reasoning – skills and knowledge needed to both practice and enforce the law. P.T.S. students, many of whom have risen to the highest ranks, have attended law school. Consider the similar nature of Police Civil Service Examinations and the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Both are highly competitive gateway examinations – meaning, nobody gets into the desired group without beating out the competition – designed to test your critical reading and reasoning abilities. Regardless of educational background, everyone who wants to succeed on a police examination or on the LSAT must engage in focused and targeted preparation.
Q: If I decide that law school is a fit for me, how should I prepare for the Law School Admission’s Test (LSAT)?
A: We urge anyone interested in attending law school to visit our partner, The Focus Approach (TFA) Law Review at www.focusapproach.com. You already know that P.T.S. is the best course for Civil Service Promotional Examinations. You should also know that The Focus Approach (TFA) is, hands down, the best course for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Several P.T.S. instructors and numerous P.T.S. students have gone on to conquer the LSAT by preparing with The Focus Approach (TFA). The logical result – the P.T.S. and TFA partnership that synergies the evident similarities by sharing attorney instructors and instructional resources to best prepare our students to score high, top the lists and reach their test determined career goals! When you contact TFA, ask about tuition scholarship opportunities available to P.T.S. students and family members and the ability to sit in on a full five-hour Focus Approach (TFA) class for free.