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  • #16
    Of the multitude of written exams I've taken, LASD's DST exam rates as the toughest in my opinion. A bunch of us took it right before we graduated Reserve Module D back in '99. A few did not pass and had to wait and retake with the mandatory waiting period at the time..

    The DHS CBP written was also a a tough exam..

    ..I passed both.
    Timelines:

    CBPO
    App: 2/12/09
    Geo: Revised; CA Long Beach, San Bernardino, L.A.
    Written: 2/20/09
    NOR: 3/2/09 (81 no vet pref.)
    TO: ? (reached my 37th bday 9/09)

    IEA
    App: 5/5/09
    Geo: San Diego
    Written: 6/5/09 (75.8 no vet pref.)
    NOR: 7/20/09
    Faxed Documents: 7/7/09
    TO: 10/6/09
    Mailed Documents: 10/16/09
    Oral Interview: 12/02/09 Passed

    BPA
    Geo: SW Border-El Centro/San Diego Area
    App: 8/17/10
    Written: 10/6 Passed (73 w/ no vet pref.)
    TO: 11/10/10 (pre emp forms due 11/22)

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    • #17
      I took LASD's in 2008 and thought I did poorly but scored rather high. They had 60 questions then so it may or may not have been the same exam you took. That was when I first started testing in LE. At the time I did think it was harder than what I imagined. I thought all LE exams would be cake!

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      • #18
        Don't know if its been mentioned, but the L.A. School PD has a very tough ( or at least they did) written exam- and was told that at least 30% + actually fail the entry exam......
        "we're americans ! We don't quit because we're wrong, we just keep doing it wrong UNTIL it turns out Right"...

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        • #19
          Im taking the LAPD written in 2 weeks. It will be my second CA test, other than the 100q for the POST Waiver. Berkeley PD was rather simple, but a lot of math.

          Anyone know which departments accept the waiver?
          Last edited by Blind Justice; 03-16-2011, 08:02 PM.
          I am not afraid... I was born to do this.

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          • #20
            Blind Justice, I'm not sure which agencies accept the waiver, however LAPD's written exam is pretty easy. Just 3 essay questions.

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            • #21
              DOAcop38, Do you mean 30% pass? Because if 30% fail that wouldn't be too bad IMO. That would mean 70% pass. Don't know too much about LA School PD, but I thought about testing there as well. You know more than anybody on this forum so I will have some questions for you.

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              • #22
                I agree with DOAcop38. LASPD's written test was pretty tough.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by camelotskin View Post
                  That's right. The T-score is from the P.O.S.T./PELLETB exam with the "Cloze" portion aka "crossword puzzle" at the end. However, i wouldn't say that all the written exams are "Jr. High School" level. For instance, Beverly Hills PD only has about a 30-40 percent pass rate, as opposed to other written exams that have a much higher pass percentage. The P.O.S.T. exam is just a reading and writing exam with various "pass points" depending on the agency you are applying with. Typically with a T-score between T-48-T-52.
                  The pass rate of a test doesn't mean it's difficult and doesn't mean it's above junior high school level, it means uneducated, dense people are taking the test. Every police test (LAPD, LBPD, NBPD, CMPD, HBPD) I took was a joke. I took one at Costa Mesa that gave a T-score. Ten minutes after we started I was done. They thought I wanted a bathroom break when I turned my stuff in to leave. I never got my score but did get moved to the next phase.

                  I took the LSAT a few weeks ago. That's the first test I've ever thought was hard.

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                  • #24
                    double double

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by camelotskin View Post
                      DOAcop38, Do you mean 30% pass? Because if 30% fail that wouldn't be too bad IMO. That would mean 70% pass. Don't know too much about LA School PD, but I thought about testing there as well. You know more than anybody on this forum so I will have some questions for you.
                      was told this by a former LAXPD-now LASPD officer that works locally as the SRO at a nearby H.S. Remember taking the test back in the dark ages( when LASPD drove all "midnite blue"( burple) cars, and barely passed it( damn near half the folks taking the test in my group, didn't get an invite to the PFT at rio hondo Academy)
                      "we're americans ! We don't quit because we're wrong, we just keep doing it wrong UNTIL it turns out Right"...

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                      • #26
                        I recall back in 83 or 84 LASD was concerned that the failure rate for the DST test was extremely high. So they randomly picked about 300-400 Deputies to go take the DST test. I happened to be one of those Deps, and was a little upset as I was given a moments notice and the test was on my RDO..The day of the test it turned out all the Deps. were on days off and also given very little notice....Everyone was po'ed...I don't think any of us put any effort in the exam, we justed wanted to go home on our day off....I later learned that the failure rate was very high for those seasoned Deps. that took the test....I was never told if I passed it or not...I believe the test was based on a 12th grade education....
                        Retired LASD

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                        • #27
                          HBLiam, You must be hella smart finishing one exam in 10 minutes!

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                          • #28
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                            Last edited by avalon42; 03-13-2015, 07:03 PM.

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                            • #29
                              Retired96, The LASD DST exam has changed since then. It was alot tougher when you took it for sure.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by camelotskin View Post
                                HBLiam, You must be hella smart finishing one exam in 10 minutes!

                                I read fast and I don't agonize over the answers. I either know the answer or don't.

                                Got called into the tac office in the academy because I was always finishing the POST tests in 5-10 minutes and averaging 97-100%. They thought I was cheating. I told them to pull out any test and give it to me right then. They declined and left me alone.

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