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Tutorial: Police Paragraph Test Review.

Apr 27th, 2024
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Tutorial Introduction

Paragraph comprehension questions are tested on the police written exam. For these questions you will be given a paragraph and asked to identify key details from that paragraph.

At the outset you may wonder why this is tested at all, but core reading comprehension skills are crucial when evaluating your overall communication skills. Your performance in paragraph comprehension gives the evaluating panel a very good idea how strong your communication skills are likely to be.

Through this police paragraph test review, we go through the different types of question asked on the police officer exam. We also review strategies you can adopt today to improve your paragraph comprehension skills. Later, we go through a sample paragraph question to help you put these strategies into practice.

Types of Paragraph Question Asked.

The types of question asked typically fall into one of the following seven categories:

•          Main Idea / Topic Questions: where you need to understand the overall theme of the paragraph.

•          Supporting Detail Questions: where you need to identify specific details within the paragraph.

•          Inference Questions: your ability to deduce the meaning of sentences in the paragraph to come to a firm conclusion.

•          Vocabulary in Context Questions: your ability to understand the meaning of words within a very specific context.

•          Author’s Tone / Attitude Questions: the overall emotional tone that the author is trying to convey.

•          Comparison / Contrast Questions: your ability to compare two or more pieces of information from the paragraph.

•          Conclusion / Summary Questions: to be able to correctly interpret and summarize a given meaning of the paragraph.

Though it seems that you cannot prepare for this part of the police exam, there are steps and strategies you can take to improve these skills.

Strategies to Improve Comprehension Skills.

Effective strategies to improve paragraph comprehension skills include:

  • The overall theme of a paragraph is likely to be summarized in the first and last sentences; whereas specific details are more likely to be found within the body of the paragraph itself.
  • Specific details are unlikely to be general in nature, so you can confidently dismiss the most general answers.
  • For comparison questions, always work through each answer one at a time. That way, you can dismiss the comparisons that are clearly incorrect. Comparisons are often similar, so it’s important that you work through each answer one-by-one.
  • Inference questions typically use vocabulary such as “imply, “infer”, and “deduce”. In these questions, always ensure that you include the full context of the text you use to answer the question. This means reading the sentence before as well as the sentence after that part of the paragraph you deem to be the most relevant.
  • The same strategy should be applied for vocabulary in context questions. Never read just the sentence where the word is used. Always read the sentence before the word, the sentence itself, and the sentence after the target word.

Applying these strategies to your own police paragraph test review means you at least add some degree of logical structure to your answering process. That, plus practicing as many paragraph questions as possible, will ensure you are fully prepared for this part of the police written test.

Sample Paragraph Exam Question.

Take the following paragraph question:

The editorial board of the newspaper has decided to launch a new series of investigative reports aimed at uncovering corruption within local government agencies. Over the past few years, there have been growing concerns about misuse of public funds and ethical breaches among elected officials and civil servants. The investigative team will delve into various aspects of government operations, including procurement processes, contract awards, and regulatory enforcement. By shining a spotlight on potential wrongdoing, the newspaper hopes to hold public officials accountable, foster transparency, and promote ethical governance.

Q. What is the underlying purpose of the investigative reports launched by the newspaper, as described by the passage?

a) To entertain readers with sensationalized stories about local government.

b) To provide in-depth analysis of government policies and initiatives.

c) To promote accountability and unearth misconduct.

d) To endorse specific political candidates running for office.

Correct Answer: c) To promote accountability and unearth misconduct

This question asked us to identify the underlying purpose of the investigative reports. The paragraph clearly states that the purpose of the reports is to uncover corruption within local government agencies and to promote accountability among public officials.

Therefore, answer C is the correct answer.

Question Analysis.

Remember, not all answers include words that directly match words in the paragraph.

Often, synonyms will be used.

A synonym is a word that means the same as / or like another word. For example: take the words hard and difficult. These are synonyms of each other (words that are opposite in meaning are called antonyms – such as easy and hard).

In the answers above, “corruption” is not mentioned in the answer but a similar word, “misconduct”, is used.

Other answers listed use words that directly match text in the paragraph.

Again, this is designed to trick you. Examiners want you to pick those answers because it seems more likely that they are correct (after all, the words “match”).

So rather than looking to match words in the answer with words in the paragraph, you must instead understand the meaning of sentences and match the meaning of the answer with the meaning of a sentence in the paragraph.

Tutorial Conclusion.

To maximize your score on the police written exam, applicants must prepare for the paragraph comprehension test weeks and months in advance. A defined strategy and study plan must be developed to ensure you know how to answer each question type.

Your revision should also include practicing police paragraph questions. The more questions you practice, the more prepared you will be – and the more you can refine your analytical skills and it comes to text.

Ultimately, the written exam is partly about identifying which police cadet will have the most optimum communication skills. Paragraph comprehension skills inform the scoring panel how effective your skills are. Trying to “wing” the police exam will not work for this very reason. You need to build structure into your study for each part of the exam.

Hope you found this police paragraph test review helpful. Check back to our police blog soon for more exclusive content to help you study and prepare for the police officer exam.

Daniel Sullivan

Daniel joined Police Test Study Guide in 2019, and currently serves as a senior executive overseeing course product development. With over 20-years’ experience in law enforcement, Mr. Sullivan began his career in Philadelphia Police Department before advancing to the role of detective. He has more recently worked with police departments throughout the country in the development and preparation of law enforcement exams to ensure applicants meet the standards needed to meet today’s growing challenges.

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Daniel Sullivan

Daniel joined Police Test Study Guide in 2019, and currently serves as a senior executive overseeing course product development. With over 20-years’ experience in law enforcement, Mr. Sullivan began his career in Philadelphia Police Department before advancing to the role of detective. He has more recently worked with police departments throughout the country in the development and preparation of law enforcement exams to ensure applicants meet the standards needed to meet today’s growing challenges.

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