Learn to Pass the Texas LEVEL Test
Last updated 05/2020
If you are planning or scheduled to take a pre-employment or assessment test in the state of Texas as part of the police department’s law enforcement hiring process, there is a good chance that it will be the Law Enforcement Validated Entry Level (L.E.V.E.L.) Test, or just the LEVEL Test for short.
Although the competition between candidates may be stiff in addition to it already being a difficult assessment test to overcome, our Texas LEVEL Test can keep you ahead of the competition with our in-dept study guides, practice questions with detailed explanations, and full mock tests.
Read on to learn more about this challenging test!
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Introduction to the Texas LEVEL Test
The LEVEL Test was developed by Bannon & Associates f0r the use of law enforcement agencies located in Texas for the purpose of ascertaining the competency or eligibility of candidates seeking the position of a Texas Peace Officer or any entry-level position in law enforcement in that particular state.
The test is designed in a way so that it complies with the guidelines created by the Employment Opportunity Commission and the Americal Psychological Association.
It was created in a bid to make sure that all prospective Texas Peace Officer or law enforcer candidates have the minimum job-related skills that are crucial for every officer to have in order for them to do their job effectively, both in an office environment and while at the field.
These skills were selected and compiled so that they are applicable for Texas Peace Officers in large, medium and small enforcement agencies representing Municipal, County, University, College and Airport Police.
The LEVEL Test is used by many law enforcement agencies in Texas due to its reliability and accessibility. Due to the number of subjects contained within it, the exam may cost candidates precious time and money if they take it unprepared.
That being said, let’s take a look at the subjects that are present in the LEVEL Test.
What does the Texas LEVEL Test Include?
The Texas LEVEL Test contains seven sections with questions spread to form a 100-item multiple choice test that is to be answered by the applicant within two and a half hours.
Although the exam itself is mostly focused on assessing your understanding of the English language as well as your reading comprehension skills, it also assessess if you have sufficient mathematical skills as well as situational judgement skills.
The subjects are as follow:
- Reading Comprehension
As a future Peace Officer, you will be tasked to not only provide law enforcement services to the American public at large but also to accurately and properly write and understand police and incident reports, something that an officer may do in a regular, if not daily, basis.
The subjects contained in the LEVEL test are specifically included in it to see if the candidate has the basic skills needed to perform a Texas Peace Officer’s duties and responsibilities effectively.
Writing reports requires the officer to write everything down in perfect grammar, capitalization, spelling, punctuation, syntax, and in a way that is easily understandable by their intended reader/s.
Any mistake done in the report could prove disastrous in the long run as either the wrong person could be brought to court due to a spelling color in their name or due to the wrong address or car plate number being written in the report.
Reading comprehension is included because the inverse can be done, meaning the applicant, should they become a Texas Peace Officer, must be able to understand such reports in addition to memos, procedures, or even mere instructions given to them by their superiors.
This skill is assessed because officers will have to perform basic or rudimentary calculations in their day-to-day activities such as making sure that their patrol car has enough gas for the trip for the day and back to the station or if it needs refueling, among other things that need calculating.
Sometimes called as the Problem Sensitivity or Situational Judgement Test, questions here will come in the form of a passage containing a conflict or misunderstanding of sorts where the examinee will be put in the shoes of an officer and are tasked to try and resolve the incident.
This will be done by providing the test-taker with a number of courses of actions whose effectivity will vary from one another and it will be up to them to pick which one they believe is the most appropriate one for the situation.
Although you do not need to be familiar with police procedures to answer this portion of the exam, since the questions are designed to follow a ‘common sense-based’ line of reasoning, most of the questions contain choices where all of them seem like the correct one.
This section of the LEVEL test is one of the many reasons why prospective candidates turn to a LEVEL test study guide so that they won’t lose precious points in the exam just because they didn’t know how to properly approach it
Are There Other Things to Prepare for in the LEVEL Exam?
Although not exactly part of the LEVEL exam, all aspiring Texas Peace Officers will have to prepare to tackle the other parts of the hiring process, namely the Personal History Statement or Life Experience Survey as well as the Work Style Questionnaire where they will have to do a self-assessment of sorts so that the police department can see if they have the professionalism and work ethic to be a responsible police officer.
This means that they will take a good look at your employment history and criminal history, if any, as well as conducting interviews around your college or community to know what kind of person you are.
Depending on what they find, this could shoot down your application completely or make the interview portions more difficult if they see something of concern.
How Prepterminal Can Help in the Texas LEVEL Test
The LEVEL test can be quite a difficult pre-employment exam to get through, and considering the fact that other people will apply for the same position as you, you cannot afford to go unprepared or settle for a passing score because even a one-point difference could mean you being hired or passed over for another applicant.
Fortunately, that’s where we come in.
Here at Prepterminal, we know that there are no lazy or bad test-takers, only more prepared ones.
Through the help of our law enforcement experts and test course developers, we were able to produce a LEVEL Exam Prep Pack which contains numerous comprehensive study guides covering all the subjects that will appear in the LEVEL test, practice questions with in-depth explanations so that you can learn how to tackle each of them, as well as full mock practice tests so that you can be prepared for the real thing.
It is also through their help that we were able to produce a number of supplemental guides to help our reviewers get through the life experience survey, workstyle questionnaire, and the interview portion so that they have all the resources that they can use to make sure that they’ve got everything covered and land that position the first time around.
Again, it cannot be understated that although the LEVEL test is just one of the earlierst part of the hiring process in becoming a Peace Officer of Texas, it is also the most crucial one and you will need every advantage that you can get to stand out from the rest of the applicants.
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