The October 2011 exam is right around the corner, and the more people I speak to the more frustration I hear in referance to the whole process. The last exam was the worst I had seen in over a decade of taking exams. However, the important thing is to not get frustrated and realize a few points.
1. History repeats itself. By that I mean that whenever a horrid exam has been given in the past (2002, 2010) it has been followed by a less tough followup. Why this happens is one of practicality. Appointing authorities need a deep list to compensate for the shorter ones they are forced to live with from the tougher exam. They also don’t want to promote too much discouragement as well.
2. Let the past bury itself. I know a lot of good cops and potentially very good supervisors who failed the last exam (alot by a point or two). Let it go. We have all died on lists in the past and the prospect of taking another exam leaves many questions and self doubt in mind. Take a fresh approach, and realize this exam will be better.
3. You weren’t alone in that beating everyone took. Now is the time to get back up and onto the horse. Somebody is going to get back on the horse and it might as well be you. Somebody is going to be promoted (and alot of somebodies at that) and why shouldn’t it be you? If you give up then its no ones loss but your own.
Next week I will be posting our model plan for preparing for the promotion exam, including how and when to begin touching on materials.
Attorney Ronald A. Sellon