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The state of Illinois Private Security Contractor License Examination is a very challenging test. Why? Because the test questions come from multiple sources: To pass the test you must be familiar with the main topic (security or investigations), plus Illinois criminal and civil law, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), Illinois and U.S. Constitution, and Illinois government. Wow! Fortunately, only half of your test questions will cover the main topic (security or investigations).
That means you will only be asked 35 (give or take) questions on your main subject. The remaining questions will cover the other source materials. That's a lot to study.
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Prepping for the State of Illinois Private Detective or Security Contractor exam? Here’s another Prep Kit Tip. Read each question carefully.
Explanation. Within the IDFPR Joint Committee for Administrative Rules (JCAR) there are some sections that appear to contradict each other. Example: Sections 10-37 and 35-20. Section 10-37 covers a rule requiring the licensee to notify IDFPR of an address change within 14 days. Section 35-20 refers to 10 day notifications regarding license renewals. During the test you could easily confuse one for the other if you rush through it. (Both sections are below for your review.)
Again, be methodical and thorough, and read each question carefully.
225 ILCS 447/10-37 (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2024) Sec. 10-37. Address of record. It is the duty of the applicant or licensee to inform the Department of any change of address within 14 days after such change either through the Department's website or by contacting the Department's licensure maintenance unit. (Source: P.A. 96-1445, eff. 8-20-10.)
225 ILCS 447/35-20 (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2024) Sec. 35-20. Renewal provisions. As a condition of renewal of a license, each licensee shall report to the Department information pertaining to the licensee's business location, status as active or inactive, proof of continued general liability insurance coverage, and any other data as determined by rule to be reasonably related to the administration of this Act. Licensees shall report this information as a condition of renewal, except that a change in home or office address or a change of the licensee-in-charge shall be reported within 10 days of when it occurs. (Source: P.A. 98-253, eff. 8-9-13.)
Prepping for the upcoming Illinois Security Contractor or Private Detective License test? Today's Question: What's your most important prep tool right now? Answer: Study Time.
Hope you're finding time to study. Study is most beneficial when it is done gradually; over the long term.
For example, I'm prepping for the Chicago Marathon is October. I've run it 3 times before. The only way I can complete the 26 miles and survive, is to build up to it. Right now I’m at 16 miles. I add miles every weekend. Last Sunday I ran 16 in 3 hours. It’s nothing fancy. It’s methodical. It’s one foot after the other. Next Sunday I’m doing 18+. I also run during the week.
I used the same method for my second PI license test in 2012. Remember, I failed my first test in September 2011. I also used this marathon method to take the ASIS CPP and PCI exams.
Friends, let's keep it real. It’s almost impossible to cram and pass any of these tests. The ASIS exams are 225 and 150 Q&As, respectively. Even though your test is only 75 Qs, don't do what I did-take it lightly.
The marathon method is the best approach for your test. Use it to build up gradually, slowly, and consistently. With 25 days to go, your most important tool is daily prep work. Even if it’s challenging, it’s helping you. Retention comes from struggle and frustration. So, don’t quit.
Just like with running, you have to build up your “muscle memory.” In this case, you’re building your brain muscle.
By the end of this week you should be studying at least 60 minutes daily. Starting Sunday, you should increase that to 90 minutes a day.
Also, I understand you are busy. There are only so many hours in the day. However, your time is NOW. If you’re finding it hard to find time to study- you won’t pass the test. You gonna have to sacrifice something for the next 25 days.
Think about how you will feel if you fail the test. My first thought was, damn, now I have to wait another six months to start my business. Then I thought about prepping again, paying again, and sitting for that test again. It’s a terrible feeling.
And, just imagine how you’ll feel if you only miss passing by 1, 2 or 3 points! Friends, now’s the time to study hard and get it done!
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State of Illinois License exams are held in March and September at this Hillside, IL Best Western.
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