There are two ways to join the PNP (Philippine National Police) and become a police officer. The first one is to be a cadet of the PNPA or Philippine National Police Academy. The other way is to take the PNP Entrance Examination and we will discuss it in this post. Just keep reading.
Why join the PNP?
It is common knowledge that peace and order is the first problem confronting the country today. While it is true that we have economic problems too, the solution to these economic problems depends on the peace and order condition of the country. That is why there is a great need for the best Filipino men and women who will shoulder this herculean task of maintaining peace and order.
Aside from serving our country, becoming a police officer offers good compensation and rewarding benefits. Starting January 2018, a police officer with a rank of PO1 will receive a monthly base pay of P29,668 or a 100% increase from the previous basic pay of P14,834. This increase in salary will make the PNP a better choice than working in private firms. You will also enjoy strong job security as you’ll be working in the government.
If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you may take the NAPOLCOM/PNP Entrance Examination to become a police officer. Here are the 10 important tips on how to pass the exam:
NAPOLCOM/PNP Entrance Examination Tips
The PNP Entrance Exam is not that difficult but if you are not prepared physically and mentally, you’ll likely fail it. Preparation is the key here. Below are some important points to consider to successfully pass the exam and join the police force.
1. Begin your preparation early
Preparation is the key to pass the exam, but always begin your preparation early. Do not wait until the last minute to go scurrying around for books and review materials. As soon as you got the examination coverage of the PNP entrance exam, begin your review. If you have money, you can enroll in a review center. Otherwise, you can use our free online NAPOLCOM/PNP Entrance Exam Reviewer. It will definitely help you in your preparation for the examination.
2. Always be updated with the current events
Take time to read news articles or watch the evening news. Familiarize yourself with the current events in the country especially politics. Read newspapers, as it will update you on the latest happenings and will also improve reading comprehension and vocabulary.
3. Locate the place of the examination
If the location of the exam center is in a different town or province, try to locate the place of the testing center days before the exam. This way, you will save time and will be able to focus more on the examination.
4. Relax the night before the test
Do not be too excited about the exam. Allow your mind and body to rest. Go to bed early and get a good night’s sleep.
5. Get up early on the day of examination
Wake up early and take a leisurely trip to the testing center. This way, the unforeseen events, traffic snarls and rush hour won’t upset you. Try to come earlier one hour before the exam to give you more time to prepare.
6. Eat your breakfast
Did you know that your tummy can also affect your exam performance? Yes, a long examination is like a mental marathon in which endurance is critical. Who wants to run a marathon without eating?
Research shows that pupils and students who eat breakfast perform better in exams. A good and healthy breakfast will energize your system, improve your alertness and sustain you through the long exam hours.
7. Leave excess paraphernalia at home
Bring only the items needed for the examination. Do not bring reference books to the examination. They will only confuse those last minutes and be taken from you when in the test room.
8. Dress properly and comfortably
The exam is not a fashion show, so wear something comfortable. Wear a plain white t-shirt or white polo shirt, dark pants and shoes. This is the prescribed attire during the examination.
9. Prepare everything before the exam starts
Prepare all the necessary materials needed for the exam. Make sure you have the required pencil grade (no.2) and have some extra. Sharpen your pencils in advance. Do not forget to go the restroom before the exam starts.
10. Manage your time during the examination
Just relax and enjoy the exam. Some questions are harder than others. If you do not know the answer to a question, skip it and move on to the next but do not forget to answer it later. Do not spend too much time on a single question.
Always pray before and after the examination. Trust me, it works!
Over to you
I hope that you were able to derive value from this article and learn some tips on how to pass the NAPOLCOM Entrance Exam. Now it’s your turn. Use this guide to improve your chances of passing the test and become a police officer. See you at the top!
What did you think of these tips? Do you have more tips for our police aspirants? Let us know in the comments below.