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The Illinois Private Detective and Security Contractor License Exams are March 14, 2015

Every six months the state of Illinois, through Continental Testing, offers written examinations for folks interested in becoming either a licensed private detective or private security contractor. The deadline for submitting an application to take these tests is Wednesday, January 28, 2015.  Many folks consider these written tests the most challenging element of state licensing process. There are many reasons the tests are considered the most challenging. One reason the tests are difficult to pass is because of the multiple sources used for the test questions and answers. 

Here are the sources for the Private Detective License test:

1.) Criminal Investigation, 8th Edition (2010), James N. Gilbert Publisher: Prentice-Hall Phone: (800) 282-0693 Website: www.prenhall.com 

2.) Illinois Criminal Law and Procedure Handbook, 2012 Edition Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS), Chapters 720 and 725

3.) Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security and Locksmith Act and Rules, 225 ILCS 447 and Administrative Code, Title 68, Chapter VII-b, Part 1240 Available from: Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Phone: (217) 785-0800 Website: www.idfpr.com

4.) Illinois Handbook of Government, 2011-12 and U.S. and Illinois Constitutions, organization of Illinois government. Available from: Illinois Secretary of State. Chicago: (312) 814-2262 Springfield: (217) 782-5763, Website: www.sos.state.il.us 

About the State of Illinois Test. Test takers have 90 minutes to complete the test. The test contains 75 multiple choice questions. A score of 70% is required to pass. (Side note: That means you must average about 65 seconds on each question to make sure you have enough time to review, interpret and answer each one.) 

After taking this test and failing it in 2011, I changed my study habits and took the test again six months later in March 2012. I passed the test with a perfect score: 75 out of 75 correct (see below).  

I also used the same prep methods to pass my ASIS, International Certified Protection Professional  (CPP) and Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) exams. 

My Prep Kit helps you prepare for the state test on your own, at your own pace. The Kit contains hundreds of Q&As from the source materials. It also contains study tips and techniques. 

Prep Kit Contents. My Kit contains more than 400 practice questions and answers. I have the practice exams divided by topic: federal law & state laws, Illinois Joint Committee rules and regs (JCAR), and a "real world" test which includes samples from all categories. 

Audio Files. The Kit includes audio files you can listen to reinforce your study. Some folks listen to the files while traveling in the car or on the train. More on that later. 

Pre-test Coaching and Mentoring. As we get closer to the test I will be in touch with you to keep you focused and motivated. The folks who have bought the kit and not passed the test are those who waited to the last minute to prepare. 

Prepping Style. Prepping for this test is like prepping to run a marathon. You have to start gradually and build up as you get closer to the test. 

Any updates available?  After every test, I update the Kit with additional Q&As, State law updates, and additional tips. January 15, 2015, I'll send you the update for the March 2015 test. It will contain any new laws, new tips, and additional Q&As. The update is free. 

For a free sample, contact PJ Jordan: info@pjda.net or 224.238.7848