California BSIS Private Investigators (PI) Practice Exam/Test



Sundahl & Associates, Inc.

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2018/2019 California Private Investigator Examination Study Services

    Mailing Address:

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

Dear valued colleagues: Our owner/operator, Shaun Sundahl, is a full-time police officer with an undisclosed law enforcement agency. He will not return any business-related calls, texts, or emails during his law enforcement work hours. Your message will be returned during non-work hours. Thank you for your understanding. Text messages and emails are encouraged. 

"Hi there! My name is Shaun E. Sundahl. I'm the owner-operator of a small training business called Sundahl & Associates. Our firm is in the unique business of training our California private investigation colleagues and fellow, brother and sister law enforcement officers, to pass the PI Exam."

Every so many number of years, the PI exam changes to meet current occupational and political requirements. Each time it gets more difficult. I have taught criminal justice at a local college. Being a Criminal Justice Instructor means I have to break down difficult subject matter into an easy-to-understand format. If not, our future leaders of tomorrow will fail. I will do the same for you as I do for my students in higher education.

My personal cell number is (909) 525-8925 My e-mail is  Text messages or email is preferred.
Messages will be returned within 24-48 hours.

And last, here is a strange phenomena that shows our character: Many clients have become great friends or business partners long after they pass the PI Exam. 


  Shaun E. Sundahl

Licensed Department of Insurance Agent, #0I56195, 
Licensed Private Investigator, #PI 26810
Off-Duty Police Officer, Undisclosed Law Enforcement Agency
Master of Science, Public Administration (MPA)
Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. 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 Investigator Act section).

D. PSI Exams is the state vendor and they suggest the following book for $46.95; however, this book is NOT California-specific (read below). 
 Click here.

Based on our review on the book offered by PSI exams, we conclude the following: The book is great if you are studying for a criminal investigator exam, perhaps with the Department of Homeland Security, the District Attorney's Office, or a local or county sheriff or police agency. However, the book offers too many questions on criminal investigations, reading comprehension, grammar, and the Private Investigator, 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. Click here for the New York laws that are cited towards the end of this book.  It is a great wonder why the state vendor offers study material for a California exam that is based on New York laws.

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

We have Option A and Option B. Option A is the online practice exam and Option B is our book. We recommend you get both.

We have an online practice exam (PI Simulator). The price is $149.99 for 14-days of access. If you need more time, we can bill you $5.00 per day with a 30-day limit. You must wait 48-72 hours for us to email you instructions on how to login. If you need your passcode/login before then, please contact us to make arrangements. (It takes so long because our owner-operator needs to find a computer, make a username/pass code for you, and email you this information). 

Always check your Spam/Bulk folder since our emails tend to go there (especially with Yahoo!)  
Note: this is our most popular product because our client pass rate is well over 95%. We
 are so confident with our PI Simulator that if you are unsatisfied, we will either keep helping you to pass the exam OR offer you 100% of your money back. Please review our refund policy. 

B. Another option is to purchase our book, The California Legal Investigator. The book is offered in a Kindle version or soft cover. For many, the soft cover version is much more easier to read.
Please Wait 48-72 Hours

3. Do you have any classes available?

Unfortunately we do not, however we have plans in the next five years to begin offering live and online courses.

4. 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 PI Simulator are limited. We also have one of the best products. Just read our 70 + testimonials.

5. 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 14-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 Also, we had roughly 400 clients (PPO/PI) over the past 6 years, and only 5 have requested refunds (all refunds were honored). 

6. 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, 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.

7. Can I print the online practice exams?

Yes you can but it does use up a lot of ink.  To protect our investment, y
ou 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. 

8. Do you offer a pass guarantee? 

Let's be realistic. No one can guarantee you'll pass the state exam. If you practice poorly or if you have the wrong material, then you'll fail. But if for some reason you don't pass, we don't mind giving you a full refund for the PI Simulator. However, we do not offer any refund for any of our print/Kindle publications (The California Legal Investigator) since there is significant time and costs associated with issuing these types of refunds.

Please note that if your experience was limited to surveillance operations and you have minimal training/education with the "book version" of PI work, the exam might be a little challenging since only 4% of the state exam covers surveillance operations. There is no book or practice material that can substitute for experience, so study/learn accordingly!

Click here to read our refund policy.

9. How long is access to the PI Simulator? 

Access to the PI Simulator is for 14-calendar days (if you need more time, we can bill you an additional $5.00 per day with a 30-day limit). Our products are for people who have allocated the following 14-days to studying. If you are not serious about studying, please do not buy our products. 

10. Is the PI Simulator the right tool for me?

Take our new quiz to find out! Please click here.

11. I'm not sure whether to purchase the book, PI Simulator, or both?

It works like insurance--the more coverage you have, the more you'll be off in the long run. If you just purchase the PI Simulator, you will probably pass the state exam. Purchase the book and yes, your chances of passing increase. If you get the book AND the PI Simulator, your chances of passing are even greater with this combination.

Here's some other reasons why you should purchase both the Book and Simulator:

1. Your purchase may be tax deductible.

2. Our material isn't designed to just help you pass the state exam. Our material is designed to help you possess "book knowledge" of PI work, so you have the possibility of learning how to avoid costly mistakes.

3. The book supplements the PI Simulator and vice versa. Consider this analogy. If you didn't know how to swim, would you feel more comfortable jumping in the ocean after reading a book on how to swim OR after jumping in after several swim lessons. Our PI Simulator is like your personal "swim coach!" The book is your "life raft" just in case your swim lessons were mediocre.

4. Do you want to take the state exam again? Imagine the time and resources it would take from you to travel to the PSI exam site and take the exam again (and stress if your future career or contract depends on you getting licensed!).

5. If we had to calculate the amount of time it took us to find the information in our study materials, we would have spent at least 120 hours. Our friends in the PI business bill on average: $50 to $100 an hour. On the low end, we put in $6,000 of potential billable hours. We spent countless hours "Googling" information, flipping through "dry" text books such as the Evidence Code, Code of Civil Procedures, Civil Code, Business & Professions, books and articles with case laws, and much, much more. We've talked to dozens of PI exam takers and accepted their recommendations. And most of our clients are ready to take the exam within 2-3 days of full-time studying. They don't have to spend 120+ hours (3 weeks) looking for information and talking to people.  We did that for you!!

**Conclusion: Unless you have a lot of free time, a few hundred dollars in study materials might be worth getting our book and PI Simulator**

6. Do you offer insurance policies for private investigators (PI) or private patrol operators?

Some insurance companies are suspected of taking advantage of the new BSIS insurance laws. For these reasons, we get a lot of requests for legitimate insurance providers. Due to recent price gouging and unethical insurance agents operating in the insurance industry, we work with Cyber Insurance Services to provide for all your insurance needs. Make sure you tell them we referred you!

Informal Testimonials

In addition to our informal testimonials, click here to read some kind words and formal/verified testimonials our clients have made to the Better Business Bureau. 

Recent E-Mails/Text Messages Correspondence

**Please excuse any curse words, improper grammar, or spelling. These are unedited comments emailed or text messaged to us by our successful clients**

Wed, Apr 19, 2017 10:47 pm
Hi Shaun
Did I tell you about my test?  I passed!!!!!!

Wed, Jun 15, 2016 6:29 pm
I am writing to thank you for the PI Simulator and the California PI book I purchased.  By using both of these items I was able to pass my PI test this morning on my first try.  The material in the simulator was pretty darn ******* and the book has tons of great information for the test and for future reference.  I spent about three weeks prepping buy taking the quizzes, then reviewing the book and the correct answers, then taking the quizzes again.  Like you said, don't cheat yourself and just submit the quiz to get the correct answers.  Take the quiz and see where you need to focus your efforts.  I worked 15 year with the *** and though the PI test would be a breeze.  I can honestly say that had I not purchased the products there is no doubt I would have failed the state test.  I have a friend who is a retired *** and I have already recommended the book and simulator to him.  Thanks again and keep up the good work!

Thu, March 15, 2016 11:54 pm

"Thank you for the excellent e-book and quiz program that you put together for the PI exam. I passed today. I'm sure I couldn't have done it without the study materials you offer. I Ike the personalized feeling of your website and your products. I would have enjoyed working for you in LE. After 15 years of police work...I'm looking forward to this new profession. I will definitely be recommending this program to friends. Thanks again. "

Thu, Jan 14, 2016 6:31 pm

"Dear Mr. Sundahl,

As you know I failed the P.I. Exam by 2 points with a score of 105 back in October.  I appreciate you leaving the program on my computer.  After failing the last time, (My second try), I was extremely disappointed and had to take a break from the whole idea of trying to become a P.I/ Licensure/Qualified Manager.  After some time had passed I realized that my one year eligibility will run out on January 22, 2016 and that is when I contacted you to re-purchase your program.  Well you didn't charge me again and left the info at my disposal at which time I buckled down and focused.

Thanks to you and your program I re-took the examination on January 13th, this past Wednesday and PASSED!  As you probably know, when you pass they don't tell you your score, they just tell you that you have passed.  I have no idea what my score actually was but I had a strong feeling when I finished the exam this time that I had scored very high.  In studying your on-line program the second time I realized that I wasn't necessarily learning more than before, but your program started to take the "Cop" mentality away and reprogram my brain to think differently, thus answering the same questions differently.

 Once again, Thank You very much, I could not have passed without you."    --T.B.

Monday, September 7, 2015 4:10 pm

"Mr. Sundahl,

I wanted to personally thank you.  I passed the PI exam on the first try by purchasing and studying your study guide and your quiz maker.  Having been a *** officer for 27 Years (the last eight working for the court of appeal) helped, but not as much as your book.  Again, thank you and you have my endorsement should you need it."

Saturday, August 29, 2015 7:49 am

"Good morning,

Just getting to my email, so I apologize for the delay.  The test was certainly challenging, but I successfully passed it!  I owe my success to your practice simulator, your book, and following your recommendations on studying for the PI exam.  I wouldn’t have been successful had it not been for the time I spent studying your book and the items referenced in it, as well as taking the simulator practice tests multiple times.  You were spot on about taking time to learn the information and apply it rather than memorizing the simulator questions and answers.
 Thanks for putting these study  materials together and sharing your expertise so others like myself can be successful when taking the PI exam. Also, I’ll be recommending your website and materials to a buddy of mine who will be pursuing a PI license within the next year.  I’d be happy to give you a brief testimonial for your website if you should desire."

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 8:03 pm

I just want to let you know that I took the PI test today and passed on the first try.  I wanted to thank you and compliment the design and usefulness of the PI simulator.  Please feel free to quote me in future advertisement as follows or any slight variation you deem necessary:

Practicing test questions on Shaun Sundahl and Associates PI simulator really prepared me for the PI exam.  I highly recommend the PI simulator! Thank you Shaun!"

Sun, January 25, 2015 11:31 am

"Hi Sundahl,

Just wanted to thank you because I passed the CA PI exam yesterday, 1-24-15. Your PI Simulator 800 gave me the extra confidence and skills to pass the test. It was not an easy test contrary to what many believe. You definitely have to know your material to pass the test. I'm glad I went with the full package and got the 800 because I truly believe the practice quizzes helped me pass the test. "

December 8, 2014 2:00 p.m.

"Hi Shaun, well miracles do happen, I took my PI Test and passed it. With that I want to thank you very much for you and your program. It was very helpful and I will definitely be forwarding your information to my other colleagues who may want to get their PI License. Thank You again for your patience and I wish you and your entire family a Very Merry Christmas and a healthy happy and prosperous New Year! Stay Safe"

August 18, 2014 2:51 p.m.
Shit! I passed the PI Exam! I NEVER would have made it without your study material!!!!!I literally just walked out.

May 12, 2014   9:43 p.m.

Not to be a kiss-ass, but my current profession as an awesome, profitable PI is directly attributed to your prep course. Seriously dude, I wasn't a 30 year cop, I was in LE for 8 1/2 years before I opted for change - but I've always been a legal nerd. Quote a code, I'll tell you what it is. Question on search and seizure? I'll cite the case. 80% of the questions on the PI exam? No clue whatsoever. Ran through your prep (thank God) and ran across questions that I never would have guessed were on the test.

Passed it first time around. So, thank you again!

Wed, Feb 12, 2014 8:07 pm

Hey Shaun, I wanted to inform you I passed my test. Thank you so much!! With your P.I Simulator 800 I was able to finish the test with 30mins left on the clock. Thank you once again and I found your program is money well spent.

Friday, July 26, 2013 4:41 p.m

Hi Shaun – I passed the exam.  Harder than I thought it would be.  Thanks for the program – it was very helpful.

We were debriefed by a gentleman who passed. As always, we update our material based on our debriefs.

Sat, Apr 27, 2013 12:30 pm

Hi Shaun,

This morning I passed my PI exam on the first attempt with time to spare. All I used to study was ------- book and your practice tests.

The practice tests helped me understand topics that weren't covered in -------'s book, and they put me in the right test taking mindset that is so important with these standardized multiple choice examsThanks!

Wens, April 23, 2013 11:28 am

Passed!!! Very helpful.

Thu, Mar 14, 2013 5:49 pm

Hello Shaun,

Thought I would share another success story for your records! I passed my state exam on 02/27/13! I want to thank you for creating the PI Simulator 800 and providing me access to it. I believe it made all the difference!

Wed, January 30, 2013 2:42 pm

THANKS.  I passed the exam this afternoon.  Your study aids were directly responsible.

Fri, February 15, 2013 6:25 pm

Hey Shaun,

I took the PI test today and passed with 46 min to spare. Thanks again for all your info.  It helped so immensely!

Thu, Oct 11, 2012 9:03 pm

FYI - Touchdown, I passed!... Thanks for all your help and I hope to meet you some day.

Thu, Oct 11, 2012 3:53 pm

Passed it!!!I am hugging you on the inside of my brain. Thank you, Sir

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012, 5:48 PM

Passed pi test with 30 min to spare on timer thanks for ur book fuckin huge help!

Tue, Sep 18, 2012 3:41 pm

Hi Shaun,

Just wanted to pass on that on Monday 9-17-12 I took the PI test and thanks to your program was able to pass. This was the first PI test that I took. I know that without using your program I would not of passed. Thanks again

Fri, Aug 31, 2012 4:42 pm


Just passed my test! Your product was right on as a study guide. It really helped me get back in the mindset for a civil service type exam. My test was heavy on ehtics issues and process serving. You were right about the "unusual" way the questions were written. I marked about 10 questions for review and still finished with almost 25 minutes to spare.

Thanks for the Help

July 31, 2012 4:55 PM

Hi Shaun,

I passed! Thank you so much for creating the PI Simulator. I really think your test was critical in helping me pass. Before, I had simply memorized information, but your test allowed me to try out applying this knowledge in specific scenarios.

Thank you

This applicant purchased the PI Simulator 17 hours earlier (not recommended!)… 

Mon, Jul 23, 2012 12:23 pm

Hi Shaun,

Just wanted to let you know that I passed the PI exam this morning. Quite literally couldn't have done it without you. I'm so grateful for your willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012  1:24 PM

“Thanks for all your help. I passed the PI test today on the second try. My first attempt was made with ‘an un focused study guide.’ I will stay incontact with your company as I find your information relevant and to the point.”

Here is someone who used the PI Simulator to supplement his investigations experience…

Monday, April 23, 2012, 2:50 pm

Hi Shaun,

I took the PI state exam this morning for the first time and passed. Your test questions were very helpful.

This applicant passed two days after purchasing our CA PI Simulator. We do not recommend his technique, however it worked for this particular applicant:

Thu, April 12, 2012 7:36 pm

“Shaun, hi...Sorry I did not get back to you sooner, but have been busy.....So yes I passed my test....Really waited to the last minute and do not beleive I would have passed without you practive tests. Much of what you provided was on the test and very related to the test. I had been reading a text book on PI and found it to be of little help. So other thenyour practice tests I studied nothing else....So again thanks…”

Our client who valued our advice sent us the following text

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 1:32 pm

“Thanks for all your assistance Shaun. Your quizzes, tips etc. were invaluable! Your program, along with the book I bought by david queen were a good combination.  Boy...I really was surprised at how tough some of those questions were! All the best, Thanks again”

Sent from my iPhone

This gentleman used our PI Simulator and within 24 hours, mentioned the following:

Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:12 am

“I passed! Your program definitely prepared me in my last minute studying! Thanks Shaun!!!”

Sent from my iPhone

Here is what a wise woman who used PI Simulators #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, and who was in constant contact with the author of the PI Simulator decided to text us. One word says it all:

Thursday, Jan 26, 2012 12:24 PM

Passed :) "

This wise person passed once he used PI Simulator #1, #2, #3, #4 and read a book that he found useful:

Tue, Jan 10, 2012 8:04 am

"Hi Shaun,

I did take the exam and passed. Thank you very much for all your help. Your simulators and information were closely aligned with the test material.

Sent from my iPhone"

Here is what a wise gentleman who purchased our material on Friday, November 18, 2011 and passed the 1st time, three days later, had to say:

Mon, Nov 21, 2011 4:44 pm

"I just exited PSI about three minutes ago with a smile. (passed)

Sent from my HTC on the Now Network from Sprint!"

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Click here for the Emergency Log-in for the PI Simulator

Attention: Due to increased demand for the 2018 year, we are at 90% capacity on our online exams. We reserve the right to establish a waiting list, if necessary. Also, in order to access our online exams, you must be qualified to sit for the CA PI Exam AND you must be taking the (state) exam within 30 days. 


#1 Access code to the Online PI Practice Exam. Wait 48-72 hours or sooner for email. Contact us in advance if you need the code sooner for an ETA. Read entire website for more information. Always check SPAM/BULK FOLDER box, especially for Yahoo mail.

Please Wait 48-72 Hours

#2 Purchase our Kindle or softcover book, The California Legal Investigator, on Amazon. Our book is commonly used by others to pass the California Private Investigator Exam, it features a 150-question final exam with many answer explanations, and it's usually ranked in the Top 100 Best Sellers in the Legal Services Section.  

FREE sample of
our California-Specific practice questions!

Only TWO Simple Steps.

Please Read C-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y

If you do our instructor, Shaun Sundahl a favor, he'll do you a favor. Fair? He's trying to develop a 3-day California Private Investigator Basic Course and he needs your input. So please grab your smart phone, tablet, I-Pad, or computer and go to STEP ONE: CLICK HERE 
to begin this brief marketing survey.

After you are done with the marketing survey
, STEP TWO: send us an email telling us your done with the marketing survey. Just say "I'm done." No name, lengthy explanation, etc...The email address you must use is

Several minutes later, you'll get an email with the secret link to begin the 20 sample questions1.

Our online PI Simulator™ will work with most Windows and Macintosh browsers (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari), and it's web mobile friendly with iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets. Please note high-speed internet is highly recommended.

Pictured below: Real Screen Shot from our colleague's PI Simulator progress (name withheld). He did well on our material, then passed the state exam on the 1st try!!


Here are some more screen shots of our product!


Case Study!! Please Read!!

Don't let this happen to YOU! Below is a actual copy of one of our colleagues fail letter, before he purchased our material. Of course, we blocked out his/her information. For those who will take the exam the 2nd time, what will you do now differently, than when you studied the first time?

Don't be fooled into believing all you have to study for are the questions you got wrong--well, at least the questions you thought you got wrong. BSIS will not tell you the exact questions you missed, so your left guessing.

Most of our colleagues don't remember what was on the exam! And don't forget: because there are 5 different variations of the PI exam,
you have only a 20% chance that you'll have the same exam as last time.


New Requirements as of Dec.  1, 2017: Although we have no affiliation with BSIS, in order to use our material, you must be approved by BSIS to sit for the PI Exam. Additionally, purchases are only for the serious-minded PI Exam candidate, who will take the exam within 30 days. We apologize for any inconvenience, however these new restrictions were due to the fact, we are almost to 100% user account capacity with our current network administrator. 

California BSIS Private Investigators' Practice Exam 2018/2019

A collection of peer-reviewed and challenging questions, similar in design to those found on the real exam: fully computerized, four-part multiple choice, and time allotment.

Are you prepared to take the CA PI exam at one of these desks?


If not we have a tool for you...

The PI Simulator 

Duplicated, but never replicated! The California PI Simulator is a California-specific collection of PI practice exams. You will find there are some PI practice exams and PI study material sold on close attention to the ones with poor reviews, few reviews, or no reviews. The material might help you on other PI state exams, but don't do much justice when it comes to California-specific questions. Many of these books or material become discontinued after the first year or two, since they fail to meet the needs of the California PI test taker. 

Studying a multi-state PI Exam Practice test is like studying the Rhode Island DMV booklet for the California DMV exam!

California Private Investigator Simulator (PI Simulator) 

About our Simulator

The PI Simulator (formerly PI Simulator 800) is an online peer-based practice exam consisting of over three years of input from our colleagues — those who have passed and the few who were less successful. Our product is also based on extensive review of hundreds of pages of civil codes, criminal codes, procedural codes, evidence codes, business and professions codes, discussions with other professionals, and the study outline provided to all exam takers. Best of all, the author is a licensed private investigator and he passed the state exam on the first try. Our product is based on the techniques and knowledge he used to pass!

Every time we get new recommendations, we will modify our exam. This can happen every few weeks or every other month. Our exam covers over 800 multiple choice and true/false questions.

We emphasize that no practice exam will cover the state exam completely (unless it was obtained illegally).  Our company is based on integrity so none of our questions should be on the state exam. If you are looking for something exactly like the state exam, go find another vendor. We have plenty of clients who are willing to pass the exam through hard work and good study efforts.

However, if you want to become one of our many clients (150 +) who have passed the state exam, you must be able to know the law and techniques used in our industry and apply this knowledge to any fact pattern presented on the exam. Roughly 95% of our clients have passed using our advice and our study material.

Traffic Collision Investigation

The traffic collision investigation portion of our exam covers how to investigate (privately) traffic collisions and evidence collection (for example: what do you do if you find a piece of evidence at the scene?).

Evidence Code and Recording Issues

We cover the general rules and theories of evidence such as probative value, admissibility of evidence, witnesses, and privileges), interviews declarations, affidavits, and audio recording issues.

Private and Public Records

We cover the collection of public and private records:  UCC financing statements and records held by the Secretary of State, City Clerk, County Clerk, County Recorder, and County Registrar.

We also cover the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), Fair Credit Reporting Act, California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act, and background checks.

When you qualify to sit for the PI exam, the state will send you their 200+ page book on the Business and Professions Code. How well did you read the book? How will you gauge your knowledge on the material? Let us test you (on the relevant sections)! 

Evidence Collection

Do you know how to properly collect soil evidence? Paint chips from a traffic collision? How about the filament in a headlamp? Do you know how to properly take photos of a scene? If you’re not 100% sure, try the Evidence Collection portion of our exam.

Polygraphs and Lie Detectors

The Polygraphs and Lie Detectors part of our exam covers questions involving California and Federal law on the permissible use of these types of machines. When can you polygraph someone? Do you know if polygraphs or lie detector machines can be used in a criminal trial? How about a civil trial? Is a voice stress analyzer a lie detector machine? What does California law say about this? Don’t wait until the state exam to answer these questions!

Process Serving

Do you know how to serve a summons on a corporation? How do you serve process on a minor?  Can you sub-serve a subpoena? How do you serve a person who is evasive?

Surveillance Techniques

Here, we will cover questions pertaining to pre-surveillance activities, surveillance methods, and legal considerations.


The miscellaneous section of our exam is one of the most important sections and the most revised. This section covers narrow issues that do not fall into our broad categories (i.e. information disclosure, court room procedures, and legal definitions).  

Final Exam

In the Private Investigator Final Practice Exam, we gathered 150 questions from our question base. On most of the questions, we've changed a fact, changed the sequence of answer choices, deleted some answer choices, or some questions we've left as-is.  The changes are very subtle, but significant!

At least 95% of those who are able to pass the Final Practice Exam under test-like conditions on the first attempt, go on to pass the state exam.


Because we have very few competitors, we have a high demand for our product that has a limited amount of access codes. Yes, our price is greater than our competitors, however our product is unique and offers a pass guarantee (doesn't mean you will pass, but if you don't, you will get a 100% refund within 10 business days). This is an investment. You will learn more than to pass a state exam!

Please note that it can between 48-72 hours to get your access code via email. If you need your code before then, please contact Shaun Sundahl for arrangements.  Also, always check your Spam/Bulk folder especially if you have a Gmail or Yahoo! email address.

Here is the Sundahl & Associate’s Written Guarantee: 

By purchasing access to the PI Simulators, the purchaser/user acknowledges there is no substitute for 6,000 hours of investigative experience. The state exam is experienced-based and tests the knowledge you should have. Also the state exam is based on the BSIS California Private Investigator Exam Study Guide/Outline.

No reputable competitor can come close to simulating the exact questions on the state exam. Our questions are not word for word as on the real exam. Also, the fact patterns are different than our product. However, our questions relate to the exam by theory.

Rarely, you will see any of our questions on the state exam. If you did, we would be very close to breaking the law on copyright violations and subject to license revocation from BSIS for a “dishonest act.” It is possible to memorize each of our practice questions, score 100 % on our exams, and still fail the state exam. To use our PI Simulator to test your knowledge of the PI industry, you must be able to apply our theories contained in each of our questions and apply them to ANY fact pattern contained on the state exam. To see which clients have been able to use our system and pass, please review our pass list. I understand results may vary.

1 All questions are copyrighted.Some systems/platforms, other than those noted as compatible above, may have known issues with this product. Please contact us with any questions/concerns regarding compatibility, prior to purchase, and we'll be happy to share any known issues with you.

Although most of our clients are able to pass the PI exam just by using our PI Simulators, the purchaser or PI test taker should be aware that if you use our material as the only tool to studying, you can still fail the PI Exam. You should read other literature on the legal and practical aspects of private investigation work. There are several great books available. 
Call us for more information on the best literature for review.

For those who need more practice or consulting on the CA PI Exam, we have several consultants on staff. 

In the event you purchase the PI Simulator and do not pass the California Private Investigator Exam on the first attempt, we will refund 100% of your money, if conditions (A) and (B) are met:

(A) You must have received a PI Simulator cumulative score of at least 60% on the Final Exam I and II on the 1st attempt 


(B) Within 48 hours after failing:

  • You email us at  a list of three issues (or subject matter) that were on the state exam, but not on the PI Simulator. To reduce the chance of being accused of cheating, do not give us the same questions/answer explanations.

After meeting all the requirements contained herein, within seven business days, we will refund 100% of your money.

No other warranties or representations are implied or directed by Shaun Sundahl, Sundahl & Associates, the PI Test Simulator, and its components.Additionally, we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. 

Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.


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