PPO Practice Test

Sundahl & Associates, Inc.

California Private Patrol Operator Practice Examination Services for 2018-2019

Know the new insurance law and other legal requirements for 2016!

We are the #1 PPO practice testing firm in California trusted by law enforcement and private sector professionals. 

New and FREE service we offer!
 If you taken the PPO exam recently and failed, you can email us up to 10 questions with answer choices. The more specific you are, the more specific we will answer them. Turn around period varies but usually 5-10 business days. Please send your list to ssundahl@crimebullet.com 

Mailing address:

Sundahl & Associates
1265 W. State Street #282
El Centro, CA 92243

C (909) 525-8925 (text msg or emails preferred)
*****Moving to El Centro, CA soon!******

Hi! My name is Shaun E. Sundahl. I'm the owner of Sundahl & Associates and the author of the PPO Simulator. Whether you plan on purchasing any services or just want some free advice on how to tackle the PPO, just call me.  Use your intuition to get a "feel" of who I am. My personal cell number is (909) 525-8925 (text messages are kindly accepted and encouraged). 


Shaun E. Sundahl,

Licensed Insurance Agent #0I56195, Exp 10/2017

Off-Duty Police Officer, Undisclosed Law Enforcement Agency
Criminal Justice Instructor
Master's of Public Administration (MPA)
Bachelor's of Science, Criminal Justice


Click here to read some verified reviews in addition to the comments listed below. As you will see, several of our wonderful clients took time out of their day to provide these detailed reviews.  

We placed in bold, the most common word used in most of the comments: The word "Passed." You have to read these recent series of  UNEDITED texts messages and emails made by people motivated to take the PPO exam!

Thu, Nov 10, 2016 3:05 pm

Hello Shaun,

I am emailing you today because I wanted to let you know that I passed the PPO exam!!! They gave me 2 hours and I was done in half hour.   Your materials really helped understand the concepts and what I need to know . I'm glad I went with your companies materials compared to some other company. I'm excited to start my own security business! I can't thank you enough for the materials you offer. I really learned a lot from your book and the PPO practice exams! Let me know where I can leave you a positive review on your page. Thanks again!

Saturday, July 18, 2015 8:40 pm


Wanted to say thank you...I passed yesterday...There were a number roof questions related to***[deleted] Others were *** [deleted]. I want to say i did 80% there were probably 7 questions I had know idea how to answer, 10 I was on the fence about. But overall - your book did help - and thanks for writing it.

Tue, March 3, 2015  9:47 pm

I passed!

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 4:59 pm

Hey Shaun, today I passed the exam!! Your material was crucial for my success! I'm going ****(Deleted)**********of the ****(Deleted)****and send you my ***(Deleted)**** so you can improve your material. Thank you so much!!!

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 7:00 pm

The prep work and your material paid big dividends. Missed just a couple questions, what a difference in having access to your materials...Thank you again....

Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:33 pm

Hi Shaun-

Just wanted to let you know that I passed the exam on January 9, 2013.  Thanks for your help.

Jan 4, 2013 10:21 am



I wanted to let you know that I just passed the ppo test and your material helped me very much…

Tue, Sep 4, 2012, 3:12 pm
Thanks for the vote of confidence, I'm pumped and ready to do this. Thanks for ur assistance on everything.
(to be continued...)

Just 7 days later on September 7, 2012, he wrote...

Hi Shaun, just a quick text to let u know I passed my ppo test. Thanks for all the help and always responding to my questions. The study guide and simulator combo is the way to go if ur serious about passing. Take care.

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Passing is contagious! This smart PPO exam candidate (from August 31, 2012) must have caught something contagious from the gentlemen who emailed us on August 27, 2012 (scroll down):

Tue, Sep 4, 2012 2:54 am

Hi Shaun Just wanted to let you know I passed the PPO exam on Tuesday 28, finished the test in about fifty five minutes your study material made a difference money well invested.

Aug 31, 2012 3:57 pm

Good morning, Shaun.

Just wanted to let you know I passed the PPO exam this morning (though I'm not sure with what percentage because the resulting form doesn't say). Oddly enough, there were more questions regarding Proprietary Patrol Officer than I had anticipated.

Anyhow, thank you for your help. 

Look at what this gentleman had to say. He actually said too much so we had to delete some of his words for obvious reasons...

August 27, 2012, 12:10 PM


On Thursday I took the PPO Exam and passed it. The actual test was very similar to the practice tests you provided, I would say more than half of the questions on the ---------------- where the same as the ones on the------------. Also, I noticed the -----------questions being asked in different ways for at least 10-15 questions. Nothing on the actual test came as a surprise. Although, I did read the entire Private Security Services Act numerous times, I am 100% certain I would have passed the exam just with the PowerPoint presentation [PPO Study Guide in the form of a PDF file] and the test simulator. The entire test took me about 25 minutes to complete. I would recommend your comprehensive product to anybody who is serious about receiving their PPO License. If I had to do it again I would buy the package with no hesitation. What is $250 when you have clients waiting for you to get a PPO? I certainly look forward to someday being part of some of your training. Best wishes

August 8, 2012, 11:51 AM

Good morning sir I want to thank you for having such a good study guide. I just left the PSI exam site with a passing score. If it wasn…dude I don't think I would of pass. Thank you again.

Monday, June 11, 2012, 7:21 PM

Good evening,

I just wanted to let you know that I purchased your study guide a month ago to take the ppo exam. I recently took the exam andpassed. It been a tough year with my department going under and being forced to work as a security officer for low pay. Passing this test has given me hope. Thanks for putting together a very important study packet. Anyone who wished to take the ppo exam without your study guide is a fool!! Once again thank you. 

Sunday, April 29, 2012 12:06 AM

Management needed their QM candidate to pass the PPO Exam to secure the future of their security firm. We sent them the PPO Study Guide and an access key to the PPO Simulator. Here is what the manager e-mailed us:

He Passed! Thanks for all your help Shaun, great job.

Tue, March 28, 2012 9:34 PM

This gentlemen had the stress of out-of-state corporate waiting for him to pass. He attended our one-on-one seminar with the author, Shaun Sundahl, used the PPO Simulator, Study Guide, and he made a few phone calls to the author for clarification...

I passed!!!Hey thanks for all the help I couldn't have done it without you!!!

Wed, November 16, 2011   5:25 PM

hello, im very happy to say i passed my ppo exam today, allot of the questions that were on your practice ppo were on the test.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011   12:05 PM 

Shaun i just want to tell you I passed my PPO exam.

Wed, May 18, 2011 2:48 pm

passed first time...thanks.

Friday, April 31, 2011, 5:00 PM


90 of the questions on the Simulator were on the exam but written differently.  You left 10 out. Thank you.

Wed, Mar 02, 2011, 6:24 PM

Dear Shaun,

Hope all is well with you. Firstly, I want to let you know that my dad has passed the test. This is truly a very happy day for our family. Secondly, I cannot put into words how thankful I am to everything you did for us. I will definitely not forget your help and I wish you all the success in the world. I definitely want to recommend your services to all your potential customers. If I can somehow write a review, or somehow comment on the helpfulness, please let me know. I would love to extend you the recommendation that you deserve. Thank you so very much.


Warmest Regards,

Asad Raza

[full name printed with permission]


Fri, Mar 04, 2011 12:53 am

Thanks I passed the test the first time after I got your material thank you very much
Thu, Mar 03, 2011 8:23 pm


Just to let you know I passed my PPO test a couple of weeks ago.  Thanks for your website and your support.

Fri, Feb 25, 2011 12:29 pm

Passed.  Thank you

Consumer Awareness

Sundahl & Associates, encourages you to search our company through several online databases, especially through the Better Business Bureau (BBB). You won't find our company in the BBB since we don't generate complaints, just compliments. 

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Attention: The PPO Simulator is no longer available. We will be launching our newer version in early 2019.

Quick Purchase Options

A. For the PDF file of our book (a study guide), click below. Price is $49.99.  

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B. For the hard copy of our book (a study guide), click below. May take 2-3 weeks for delivery. If you just submitted your PPO BSIS application, by the time you receive a test date, you will probably have received your book. The price is $93.87 , however you will get a BIG discount of about 30% (excluding tax/shipping).

Brand New Information, Effective May 9, 2015:
BSIS is at it again. One of our respected colleagues had to wait a long 5 months for her PPO license and she would had to wait longer if she didn't take the initiative of calling BSIS and asking them what the holdup was.  BSIS has unilaterally changed its requirements again. There is one item our colleague did not send in and she didn't have any clue what the item was because BSIS never published it anywhere! If you are our colleague or client or just someone who wants to know what this unpublished requirement is, contact us immediately before you end up waiting a long time to get your PPO license. Also, our PPO study guide book will show you what to expect from BSIS and how to deal with them effectively (for situations like this). 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. I'm going to take the California Private Patrol Operator Exam. What type of study materials do you have?

We have our book called The Private Security Contrator-Managing a California-Based Company.  

About our Book, The Private Security Contractor: 

We offer our book in two formats: PDF file or good ole' fashion print. If you order print, the book is delivered directly from the publisher (slower method).

The Private Security Contractor- Managing a California-Based Company, is designed for two types of readers. The first type of readers are those desiring a reference book for managing a security company in California. The other type of readers are those desiring a study guide to pass the California Private Patrol Operator Exam for Qualified Managers. Regardless, all readers will explore the Business & Professions Code, Labor Code, Penal Code, Vehicle Code, advertising, contracts, invoicing, use of force, pre-employment testing, employee’s rights in the workplace, supervision techniques, discipline procedures, payroll, parking enforcement, traffic collision investigation, emergency action plans, learning strategies, and the different posters/bulletins required in the workplace.

Click below on the "Add to Cart" button to pay for and download a PDF copy of our book, The Private Security Contractor (2015 Ed.). The price for the PDF file is $49.99.

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Click below to purchase a hard copy (print version) of our book, The Private Security Contractor (2015 Ed.). The price is $89.18 (excludes shipping and sales tax). Keep in mind, because the book is shipped from the publisher, we do not control the delivery of the book. Also, it can take 2-3 weeks for you to receive the book, however during a test phase, it only took 7 days for us to receive it.

2. Do you have any classes available?

We only have one-on-one classes occasionally available. The price is $1,000.00 for 2-4 hours of instruction. 

3. Why are your products so expensive?

Just like any other business, we operate under the rules of supply and demand -- our demand is high and access codes to the PPO Simulator are limited. We also have one of the best products. Just read our 70 + testimonials.

4. Why should I trust you?

We are the only company that has a current (off-duty) full-time police officer as the owner-operator.  Any accusation of fraud/misconduct, puts Shaun's 12-year law enforcement career at stake. Shaun is also a licensed private investigator and any untruthful act can be reported to the authorities.

If you ever feel you were "ripped off" by us, you can always contact us and we will work with you to remedy the situation. If you are still not satisfied, they're are plenty of links on our webpage to Facebook, Linkedin, Yelp!, and TrustLink (BBB affiliate). On those webpages, feel free to post something negative. In four years of business, no one has felt the need to post something negative about us (not even on Amazon.com). Also, we had roughly 270 clients (PPO/PI) over the past four years, and only 5 have requested refunds (all refunds were honored). 

5. Do you have any testimonials?

Since we opened in 2010 and considering all the services we offer (PPO, PI practice exams and PI work), we have accumulated a total of 78 testimonials. This number consists of 12 testimonials on Amazon.com, 46 informal testimonials through text messaging and emails (PPO and PI), and 20 testimonials through Trust Link1 recommended Yelp! Review3 unpublished Yelp! Reviews, and 1 review on Facebook.

6. Can I print the online practice exams or the PDF file of your book?

Yes you can.  To protect our investment, you may not share our online quizzes or information with anyone. Every time you print, scan, or email our quizzes/exams, we use MSNTT (Micro-Serial Number Tracking Technology).  An undetectable serial number is printed on each quiz. Each quiz or group of quizzes is associated with the purchaser (client) by serial number. When anyone who is not the purchaser is in possession of one of these quizzes, we will assume a copyright violation has occurred. In this event, the purchaser agrees to cover all our pre-litigation and litigation costs, and suffer penalties associated with copyright violations. 

7. Do you have any testimonials?

Since we opened in 2010 and considering all the services we offer (PPO, PI practice exams and PI work), we have accumulated a total of 78 testimonials. This number consists of 12 testimonials on Amazon.com, 46 informal testimonials through text messaging and emails (PPO and PI), and 20 testimonials through Trust Link, 1 recommended Yelp! Review, 3 unpublished Yelp! Reviews, and 1 review on Facebook.

8. Do you offer a "Pass Guarantee?"

Of course not. Not everyone (including those with the best products) are going to pass the exam, especially if you factor in test anxiety and one's inability to apply the rule of law to any fact pattern. If you memorize our question and answer choices, you will fail the state exam. If this is your study method and you are not open to new ideas, please log off of our webpage and find another vendor. No one has the exact state questions. Rather, you must know the rule of law or business practice and apply it to any facts.

If you follow our method and listen to all of our advice, you will become one of 94% of clients who pass the state exam.

It would be unreasonable for us and unfair to you, if we "guaranteed" you are going to pass the PPO Exam. No disrespect, but we don't know who you are and your background; therefore, we do not offer any guarantees. If any one (or business) guarantees you will pass this difficult exam, you should begin to ask a lot of questions. Because we don't offer unreasonable expectations, we have never generated any complaints listed with the Better Business Bureau or the Consumer Business Alliance.

9. Can your material help me pass one of five exams given by the state?

Yes.  If this is your second attempt (or more), chances are, the state will give you a different exam. The only difference is the state will change the facts in the questions. Our 220+ questions are designed for you to learn the law and common business practice and apply this body of knowledge to ANY exam. Studying five different exams or more questions, does increase your study time, but does NOT increase your chances of passing (especially if those questions are "filler" questions).

10. I would like to meet with you, when can we meet? We do not have any office hours since we are internet-based and the high demand would take us away from operations. We do offer live consulting services at $250.00 per hour with a 2 hour minimum (client pays round trip travel time and .57 a mile). Depending on your location, we can travel to you. Many clients have discovered that paying a consultant $800.00 (for example), is far cheaper than mistakes costing more than the consulting fee! However, we do not bill/charge for simple questions!

11. What do you recommend I buy: The book or access to the PPO Simulator?

Even though most of our clients can pass the state exam with either product, we recommend you purchase both. Here's why. The book is designed to give you in-depth background knowledge over the subject matter you must learn. If you had to build a boat and take it to sea, would you rather read a book on how to build a boat or would you rather learn by taking practice questions? 

And even though we strive to maintain current and relevant study material, it's difficult for us to update our book every month or even quarterly with new information. That's because we have to create a new paragraph, sometimes a new chapter, then we must update the index or (and) update the Table of Contents. Later, we send the update to our editor for approval.

With the online practice exams, if we get a new information, we can update the practice exam within a few business days. Not so with the book. That's why it's important to get the book AND the Simulator.

12. After I submit my application to BSIS, will I be given study materials?

We have nothing to hide. The answer is yes, but the study materials offered and suggested by California will not, based on our experience, help you pass the state private investigator exam.

The State will give you the following for free and/or suggest the following:

A. Candidate Information Bulletin (2015 ed.). Click here.

B. Examination Outline (2004 ed.) Click here.

C. A book called California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services Laws and RegulationsClick here.  If you want the online version, click here (concentrate on 
the Private Patrol Operator Act section).

D. PSI Exams is the state vendor and they suggest the following book for $44.95.
 Click here

So here's something to consider. If we wanted to stay in business, why would we want to be transparent and post (with links) what the state will give you for free? The truth is we are honest and confident that if you rely only on what the state offers or suggests, you set yourself up for failing. Even if you do have a lot of practical experience, the state exam tests "book knowledge," not practical skills.  Have you ever seen the TV show "Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader?We would hope most people in America are smarter than fifth graders, but the fifth graders in the TV show seem to always outsmart the adults. That's because the Fifth Graders recently learned the information or read the text books! When is the last time you opened a book on California private patrol?

Based on our review on the book offered by PSI exams, we conclude the following: The book is great if you are studying to become a police supervisor. However, the book offers too many questions on criminal investigations, reading comprehension, grammar, and the Watch, Guard and Patrol License Law of New York--Yes, New York! Reading through the book, there is a lot of reference to police officers even though you will be taking a private investigator exam. It is a great wonder why the state vendor offers study material for a California exam that is based on New York laws.


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