It's the day after Valentine's Day, and we're in serious count down mode now. The next state of Illinois Private Detective and Security Contractor Exams are March 14, 2015. It's time to bear down, focus and begin our Hard Core Prep. Hard Core prep means now is the time to make some sacrifices of your time in behalf of prep for your test. I know you have a limited amount of time. However, you must rearrange your schedule to add study time - now. That means less of something else. You select.
Remember, this adjustment is temporary. Once you pass, you can go back to whatever you're giving up now. Also remember this: It is difficult to cram in a few days and pass this test. There are too many sources, question and answers!
I think this example reinforces my point: Visualize yourself, and imagine how you will feel if you fail and discover you only missed passing by a few questions? Ouch!
Friends, you need to devote at least 90 minutes a day to practice. That's at least 90 minutes for reading, practice tests, and flash cards. I've included a Pop Quiz. It's also time to start prepping for Test Day. What I mean is now is the time to modify your prep to include more real-world prep methods.
The best real-world method is to practice now for the way you want to be on Test Day. I’m been reviewing prep methods used by folks prepping for graduate school, law school and medical school exams. The tutors always say it's important to study and take practice exams in an environment that matches what you will experience on Test Day.
Your Test Day environment will be much different from your current practice environment.
First, you'll be nervous. The problem will with nervousness is that it can distract you from your past practices routines. Your mind will wander to the future and the past. That’s human. You’ll be driven to think about whether you're ready. You’ll question whether you've studied enough; and if you've covered enough of the right material.
If you're like me, your mind will also wander to the future, too. You'll be thinking about what happens if you don't pass, and how you'll explain your results to others. To reduce your anxiety and keep your mind focused, you should do things that increase your self confidence. An ideal way to do that is to prepare for the Test Day environment.
This is what you'll see on Test Day:
- Hundreds of people at the hotel. Some are there for your test, and some for other tests.
- Guess what? You may see folks you know or saw at the last test (If this is your second try).
- There will be people waiting in lines at different rooms.
- Test Proctors and administrators. Some will be nice and some will be "drill sergeants."
- Once they open the doors, you're assigned a seating based on your last name.
- Old fashioned, hard tables, and wooden chairs.
- Make sure to leave all your electronic devices in the car or your room. All you need is your ID, your invitation and a #2 pencil.
- If you have one bring a wrist watch to track your time.
- Folks easily lose track of time.
- The test starts promptly at 8:00 am. If you encounter traffic or a problem and are late. Don't cancel. Proceed to the test. They allow late people to test. It's better than canceling and having to wait 6 more months.
- FYI: Everyone ends at the same time. So, don't expect to be given extra time if you arrive late.
To Create Real-World Practice:
- Go to the Library rather than Starbucks.
- Practice at the same time as the test: 8-9:30 am.
- Practice in 30, 60, and 90 minute blocks.
- Use a timer to track your time.
- Don't check your answers until you're done.
- Do the same for your readings.
- Reduce the number of late night study sessions. Increase your sessions during the early morning.
Friends, here's one more question for you: Are you fully committed and prepared to pass your test?
Remember my motto: Every question and answer matters!
One more thing. Here are some of my Prep Kit Practice Questions:
1. JC All of the following are exempt from JCAR general licensing provisions, except: ______ (Sec.447/15-5)
a. Corporate fire protection investigators
b. Engineering design investigators
c. Freelance human resource investigators
d. Corporation counsel investigators
2. JC Practice while on inactive status constitutes ________ (Sec. 447/10-25):
a. light duty practice
b. licensed practice
c. unlicensed practice
d. none of the above
3. JC Licensees and their direct reports are required earn a minimum of 30 hours per year of continuing education credits- True/False (Sec: 10-27):
4. JC All of the following are exempt from JCAR general licensing provisions, except: ______ (Sec.447/15-5)
a. Corporate private investigators
b. Corporate computer forensic investigators
c. Retired homicide investigators
d. Medico legal investigators
5. JC Ms. Jones, the new owner of a nursing home corporation decides to terminate a long held contract with a national security firm and establish their own, in-house security force. Question: Will Ms. Jones need to obtain an Illinois private security contractor license: yes or no? (Sec.25-5)
a. Yes, because the state requires all security operations to be licensed and regulated by the IDFPR
b. Yes, because the state requires all non governmental security operations to be licensed and regulated by the IDFPR.
c. No, because multi-location, proprietary security matters are not regulated by the state.
d. No, because the security operations are used exclusively for the nursing home.
6. JC All of the following are permitted to use firearms in the course of their business activities, except:___ (Sec. 31-30 & 35-35):
a. security guards
b. private alarm contractors
c. fingerprint vendors
d. canine handlers
7. JC Licensed Private Security Contractor Paul Jackson is reviewing an applicant’s completed security officer employment application. The application is complete except that the applicant did not include a recently taken head shot with the application. Jackson will reject or accept this application, because ___ (Sec. 35-30/E1 & P):
a. Reject because the applicant failed to include a photo.
b. Reject because IDFPR requires employers to maintain photos of all employees.
c. Accept because Jackson can obtain the photo at a later time.
d. Accept because fingerprints can be used in lieu of photos.
8. JC MS. Jones (CEO of Jones Nursing Home Corporation) has several nursing facilities in high crime areas. Jones is considering having 4 (four) of her security staff carry firearms while on duty in high crime neighborhoods. If Jones arms the security staff she is, or is not in compliance because _____ (35-45):
a. Is in compliance because IDFPR does not regulate armed security in nursing homes.
b. Is in compliance because Jones is not a financial institution, commercial or industrial company.
c. Is not in compliance because all armed employees are regulated by the IDFPR.
d. Is in compliance because only 4 security officers will be armed.
9. JC A person who uses in fraud in obtaining a license is guilty of a ________ misdemeanor for the first offense, and guilty of a _______ felony for each subsequent violation (Sec. 45-50):
a. Class A / Class 4
b. Class B / Class 2
c. Class C / Class 1
d. None of the above
10. JC Any person found guilty of unlicensed practice due to fraud in obtaining a license shall pay a civil penalty not to exceed_______ for each offense (Sec. 45-50).
11. JC Registered employees of private security contractors shall receive training in all of the following topics, except: (Sec. 25-20):
a. Interview, interrogation and public speaking
b. Criminal Code of 2012
c. Civil Rights, Use of Force and Arrest Techniques
d. Fire prevention, fire equipment and fire safety
12. IL A person is justified in the use of force against another when he/she reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or another against such other's imminent use of unlawful force. However, he/she is justified in the use of force which is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm only if he reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent_______ (720 ILCS 5/7-1):
a. Death or great bodily harm to himself or another person
b. Commission of a forcible felony
c. Both a and b
d. a only
13. IL A person commits ________ when he or she knowingly (1) Obtains or exerts unauthorized control over property of the owner; or (2) Obtains by deception control over property of the owner; or (3) Obtains by threat control over property of the owner; or (4) Obtains control over stolen property knowing the property to have been stolen or under such circumstances as would reasonably induce him or her to believe that the property was stolen; or (5) Obtains or exerts control over property in the custody of any law enforcement agency which any law enforcement officer or any individual acting in behalf of a law enforcement agency explicitly represents to the person as being stolen or represents to the person such circumstances as would reasonably induce the person to believe that the property was stolen, and intends to deprive the owner permanently of the use or benefit of the property; or knowingly uses, conceals or abandons the property in such manner as to deprive the owner permanently of such use or benefit; or uses, conceals, or abandons the property knowing such use, concealment or abandonment probably will deprive the owner permanently of such use or benefit. (Sec 720 ILCS 5/16-1):
a. robbery b. theft c. burglary d. fraud
14. IL The sentence for the offense described in Question 13, when the value of the property is less than $500 in value is a __________ (Sec 720 ILCS 5/16-1):
a. Class A misdemeanor.
b. Class B misdemeanor
c. Class 4 felony
d. Class X felony
15. IL A person commits _____________, with the intent to prevent the lawful entry of a law enforcement officer or another, he/she maintains a structure in a fortified condition, knowing that the structure is used for the unlawful manufacture, storage with intent to deliver or manufacture, delivery, or trafficking of cannabis, controlled substances, or methamphetamine as defined in the Cannabis Control Act, the Illinois Controlled Substances Act (Sec 720 ILCS5/19-5).
a. criminal fortification
b. intimidation, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest
c. both a and b
d. none of the above
The answers next week.