My psych was given by Dr. Guy Seymour, whose sole business is giving police psych exams. He's based out of Atlanta& works all over the country. He contracts w/ Wellesly PD (at least he did 6 years ago) & that's where our exams were given. The exam starts out w/ the MMPI & another similar fill in the dots exam. He then has you draw an object & then he critiques it, he'll ask you about your current employment & family, and also set you up w/ a police-type scenario and see how you react. It's long (approx 6 hrs total that I & 3 other recruits were there), boring, and frustrating... expect to leave pissed off. My best advice is to not rush through the paper tests... he's probably looking for consistency in answers and to stay as even-tempered as possible during the oral portions. Have a good breakfast before hand as it does take awhile.
The one I took asked maybe about 100 or more questions (long time ago, I don't remember) where you had to answer "True" or 'False" as to how you felt when you read the statements. As RPD said, a lot of the questions were the same, just worded differently. The statements can also be contradicting. Example:
1. I am happy most of the time.
2. I have seen a UFO.
3. I like flowers.
4. I usually feel happy.
5. I believe in aliens.
6. Sometimes I feel down and wish I were dead.
7. I don't believe in life on other planets.
8. I like to tend to my garden.
9. I am usually not sad.
10. I wish that people would leave me and my extra-terrestrial friends alone, then I would be happy.
I filled out the million fill-in-the-dot questions, the doctor took the papers out of the room for a while and when he returned he was asking me the same questions off the papers seeing if my answer would change. When he started asking personal questions about my family, it seemed like he was trying to prod me into getting upset with him... keep a cool head and remember this is all a test.
What I remember of mine was having to take the first section of the MMPI, which is about 500 - 600 questions, absolutely absurd questions. There was alot about being involved with your mother and animals??? I left their wondering if I was nuts and a little upset because most of the questions were sooo ridiculous. Just do a web search on MMPI II, I believe that is the version.
I am sure the people that answer yes to loving mom and the animals a little too much sure make the psychologists some good money... thats got be some job security treating those people for a long time :crazy:
I remember when I took mine all computerized something like 700 questions only thing I remember is wanting this thing to end. Like everyone else has said a lot of repetitive questions so be careful when answering them, don't blow through the exam.