Get beyond your anxiety
Whether you’re nervous, a bit apprehensive or completely freaking out about the mathematics portion of your police entrance exam, I have good news for you.
I can help you get beyond your anxiety and, I can help you pass your exam.
You’re not alone, most people get a bit uptight about math, at least those that aren’t naturals when it comes to translating equations into answers.
When it comes to the law enforcement entrance exam, for the person that can honestly say math isn’t their strong point, the apprehension is stepped up a few notches for this exam.
Unlike other exams you’ve taken throughout your life, is likely far more impactful and potentially life changing than any other test you’ve taken.
At most agencies, it’s a pass or fail proposition, and you don’t want to bomb any part of the test, particularly the mathematics section.
Preparing for the mathematics portion of a police entrance exam is challenging if you’re not certain where to look and, what to look FOR.
Many entrance exams refer to this portion of their test as “Mathematical Reasoning.”
It’s also helpful to know why you’re being tested on your mathematical abilities. In other words, what type of “reasoning” should you prepare for?
Here’s an excerpt from my training course that I’ve used to assist thousands of law enforcement candidates.
Once you know the “why,” preparing starts to make sense. In the opening paragraph of my video training course, I make this statement.
As a police officer you’ll call on your math abilities during the course of most every shift that you work.
Officers must perform a litany of math skills while performing everyday tasks including calculating distance, area, speeds, property inventory, property value, drug calculations, and the list goes on.
Now, unless later into your career you move into fire investigation or accident reconstruction, the math skills that you’ll need on the street are pretty rudimentary, but you’ll still be tested on a level that tells the agency, you can work effectively with numbers.
In my brief introduction of the course, you may have picked up on the word “rudimentary” and I used that word intentionally.
You don’t have to be a whiz in math, to produce an outstanding score. I want my students to understand that, and once they learn that the math they’ll be tested on is rudimentary, learning becomes easy, effective and then comes confidence.
Walking into any exam with learned knowledge is a very good thing. Knowledge connected to confidence increases your odds of passing your exam ten-fold.
Let’s look at two examples of the type of math questions you can expect on your police entrance exam.
Heroin sells for $160,000 per kilogram. One kilogram is equal to 2.2 pounds.
What is the value of 11 pounds of heroin?
In order to conclude your answer, rudimentary reasoning is used to turn this question into an equation. You’ve been given all the values so let’s use those values to turn the question into the equation.
Here is what we know:
Question – What is the value of 11 pounds of heroin?
Given – one kilogram = $160,000
Given – one kilogram = 2.2 pounds
Now, use what you know to solve the problem. Your heroin is measured in pounds, 11 pounds. In order to determine the dollar value of the heroin, you need to convert the pounds into kilograms.
You’ll divide 11, by 2.2 and of course, the answer is 5.
Your 11 pounds of heroin translates to 5 kilograms.
5 times $160,000 is, $800,000 and so, your answer is:
Most questions aren’t terribly difficult, you simply have to learn to reason them out.
The reason I used this particular example is that this type of question is indicative of the types of math questions you’re likely to encounter in a police exam.
There are of course hundreds of examples but let’s look at another. One that’s a bit more complicated.
The suspect left the scene of the crime at 10:05. He is presumably traveling 30 mph and is suspected to be traveling home, a distance of 15 miles from the scene. Assuming his speed remains constant, what time should he arrive home?
Again, you’re only going to apply reasoning to turn this question in to an equation, and from that equation, into your answer.
In essence, you want to determine how many minutes it will take the suspect to drive 15 miles at their established speed. Then figure out what time it will be.
This can be determined in 3 steps.
Step 1 – Determine miles per minute.
Given speed is 30mph, how many miles per minute is that? Well, 60 minutes in an hour, so:
30 (the speed in hours) divided by 60 minutes gives your miles traveled per minute: 30/60 = .5
Now we know the suspect is traveling .5 miles per minute.
Step 2 – How long would it take to travel 15 miles?
Take 15 (miles traveled) divided by .5 (miles per minute: 15/.5 = 30
Now we know it took the suspect 30 minutes to travel 15 miles
Step 3 – Determine the time of arrival
10:05 (the time your suspect left the scene) plus your previously calculated 30 minutes travel time: 10:05 + 30 minutes = 10:35
Concluding the correct answer to be:
While not terribly complicated, preparing for the law enforcement entrance exam is essential, regardless of your skillset.
Remember, when you’re fully prepared, you’re confident. When you walk thought the doors of the testing center, confident, the likelihood that you’re going to pass that test goes through the roof.