NJ Sheriffs & Corrections Promotional Exams To Change In 2017

New Jersey Civil Service recently announced significant changes for the 2017 sheriffs and corrections promotional exams. Here is an overview of those changes:

Sheriff Captain and Lieutenant

The most significant change is the elimination of multiple choice test questions! Captain and lieutenant candidates will now take a written assessment test. It will involve several scenarios. Candidates will have to respond to these scenarios by writing essays and short answers.

Other changes include a new textbook, the inclusion of the attorney general guidelines, and the elimination of the scheduling items.

Sheriff Sergeant

The sheriff sergeant’s exam format is still multiple choice. The exam content includes:

  • Report Writing/Reviewing
  • Attorney General Guidelines
  • Interpersonal Relations / Supervision
  • Critical Thinking
  • NJ Title 2C
  • Decision Making/Problem Solving

A new textbook and the attorney general guidelines were recently added. The format for report writing and critical thinking is also new. Court practices was eliminated and replaced by decision making/problem solving.

Click here for more information and to register for this Sheriffs Promotional training program

County Corrections Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain

A job analysis was conducted by NJ Civil Service. The analysis determined that there were 3 critical areas that should be tested. These critical work components include:

  • Situational Judgment
  • Standard Operating Procedures for County Correctional Facilities
  • County Paperwork/Records Relating to Inmates and Facilities

The situational judgment test weight is 50%, standard operating procedures are 36%, and court paperwork/records is 14%.

NJ Civil Service provided candidates with the following additional information about the new exam. They stated that: “Supplemental examination material will be made available approximately one month before the exam. And that the situational judgment questions contained in the examination will reference this material.” I can tell you most candidates felt that the new supplemental material was very valuable for the 2016 promotional exam.

Click here for more information and to register for this County Corrections Promotional training seminar

In order to prepare officers for the new 2017 promotional exams, Bernstein and Associates will be offering a series of classes. The feedback from our students on our promotional review course has been extremely positive. Bernstein students have had some of the highest scores in the State! Picking the right class for the new test is an important decision. Don’t make the mistake of signing up for a program that will prepare you for the “old test.” Bernstein & Associates will prepare you for the new one. You want to go with a proven winner.

Space is limited in the training and candidates will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Candidates should register by February 1st. This class will fill-up quick. Candidates who attend will be fully prepared for their promotional exam!