The deadline for submitting private detective and security contractor license applications is Friday, January 29, 2016. The next test date is Saturday, March 12, 2016. Thus, there are about 50 days remaining until test day.
With less than two months to go, it's time to begin what I call "Hard Core Prep." Hard Core Prep is serious, priority one test preparation.
The first step in Hard Core Prep is to honestly answer these questions:
1.) Based on your current study methods what are your strong subject matter areas? ANSWER: If your answer is Gilbert, or Fischer and Collins material, you're doing well! These sources will account for 50% of the test questions you'll confront on test day.
2.) Based on your current study methods what are your weak areas? ANSWER: Conversely, if your weak areas are Gilbert or Fischer and Collins, you need to focus on these areas.
3.) Which of the subject matter sources do you still find confusing? ANSWER: If you're struggling with security or investigation principles covered in the sources, recall that these sources will be on your test. The test will NOT challenge you on your past and current work experiences. Even though what you read may be contrary to your personal experience, concentrate on the source materials. Here are the subject matter areas for each test: a.) Private Detectives: Gilbert's Criminal Investigation Text, Illinois Criminal and Civil Law, U.S. Constitution, and the JCAR Rules. b.) Private Security Contractors: Fischer's Introduction to Security, Collins' Principles of Security, Illinois Criminal and Civil Law, U.S. Constitution, and the JCAR Rules.
4.) Which prep and study methods have you used the most? ANSWER: You will NOT retain the source material if you stay in your COMFORT ZONE. In other words, vary your study methods, dive into difficult material, and challenge yourself. My Hard Core Prep consists of reading, practice Q&As, flash cards, listening to audio files, real-world testing, and getting out of your comfort zone.
5.) How much time per week do you devote to serious prep and study? ANSWER: Material x Method (n) x Time (1.5) = Test Day Success. In this equation I'm stating that the more material, the more methods used, and the amount of prep time multiplied by 150% equals test day success.
6.) Have you taken the test before? ANSWER: If you have taken the test you have an idea what to expect. If you're honest with yourself, you'll use this information to adjust your prep for the next test. If this will be your first attempt, you'll overestimate your chances for success because the test is ONLY 75 questions and you ONLY need a 70% to pass.
Either way, it's important to maximize your test prep time. Take advantage of the time you have left to prepare. Contact PJDA today and obtain your Prep Kit. 224.238.7848 / email: email@example.com. Your time is too valuable to have to wait another six months if you don't pass in March.