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How to Pass the California Private Investigators (CA PI) Examination/Test


How to Pass the California Private Investigator Examination: Part I

By Shaun E. Sundahl

Date: September 15, 2011


        In this article, I will address the issue of how to answer multiple choice questions on the California PI exam. For many years, multiple choice test creators have used the same techniques I have used to create the PI Test Simulator.  Multiple test creators do this in order to confuse test takers—especially the ones who do not have a grasp on the subject matter.  If you are not confused on a certain test question, then you win; therefore you know the subject matter. Of course, this is assuming you answer the question correctly. 

        When you take the CA PI test, I want you to understand that every question is-what-it-is. I train many PPO (Private Patrol Operator) test takers to pass the PPO Test. Here is a strange phenomenon I want to share with you. Whenever I hear a client repeatedly complain about certain test questions on the PPO Test, that client usually does not pass the next attempt.  What some clients of mine fail to realize, is no one is going to change that particular “unfair” question. You have to deal with that question “As-Is.” The term “As-Is” means accepting the question face value and providing not the answer, but the best answer.


Attention PI Test Takers: Let’s practice together by answering this question.


1. Under the California Fair Public Records Act, local and state law enforcement agencies are required to disclose the__________________on their reports.

A. names and addresses of persons involved or witnesses other than confidential informants, the date, time, and location of the incident, all diagrams, and statements of the parties.

B. the description of property involved, date, time, and location of the incident, and the reporting officer’s identification number.

C. names and addresses of persons involved, all witnesses and suspects, the description of property involved, the date, time, and location of the incident, all diagrams, and statements of the parties.

D. the description of property involved, date, time, and location of the incident, reporting officer’s identification number, status of the report, and type of crime.


If you are silently saying in your head “W.T.F.,” don’t worry because you’re not alone. If you’re like me, you probably didn’t read the California Fair Public Records Act for leisure.  Who does?!
If you chose letter “A” then you are correct! If not, please do not worry if you never read the California Fair Public Records Act. Choice “A” is not the answer, but it is the best answer.  I say this because a complete answer would also include the wording “the description of property involved.” Remember, out of all these questions choice “A” is still the best answer since it is the most accurate.

This is a very difficult question and I want to show you what to do when you are faced with a question which you have little knowledge of.  

How to answer “THAT” question:

Here is how to mark the best answer not the answer. Again this is a difficult question I recently created, but let’s work on this together by following Step 1, 2, and 3


Step 1:
Read the question only. 


Step 2: Ok now predict the answer in the space below. What?! Okay this might sound absurd but I need you to look in the space below. Prediction involves using a mixture of common sense, experience, and education.  If the answer you predicted is not there saying “pick me!”, go to Step 3.


1. Under the California Fair Public Records Act, local and state law enforcement agencies are required to disclose the__________________on their reports.

 

            ****** Predict the answer in this imaginary space**********


A. names and addresses of persons involved or witnesses other than confidential informants, the date, time, and location of the incident, all diagrams, and statements of the parties.

B. the description of property involved, date, time, and location of the incident, and the reporting officer’s identification number.

C. names and addresses of persons involved, all witnesses and suspects, the description of property involved, the date, time, and location of the incident, all diagrams, and statements of the parties.

D. the description of property involved, date, time, and location of the incident, reporting officer’s identification number, status of the report, and type of crime.

Step 3: Use the process of elimination. Eliminate answers that are not obviously correct. If you can’t find any or you’re not sure, then go through each fact in the question. You can’t have a correct answer that has both true and false facts.

A. names and addresses of persons involved or witnesses other than confidential informants, the date, time, and location of the incident, all diagrams, and statements of the parties.

B. the description of property involved, date, time, and location of the incident, and the reporting officer’s identification number.

C. names and addresses of persons involved, all witnesses and suspects, the description of property involved, the date, time, and location of the incident, all diagrams, and statements of the parties.

D. the description of property involved, date, time, and location of the incident, reporting officer’s identification number, status of the report, and type of crime.


If you did not choose the best answer on this brief, PI practice test question, don’t worry. At least now you know how to select answers.












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