NAPOLCOM Exam Reviewer

Aside from the honor of upholding the country’s peace and order, being part of the Philippine National Police (PNP) is one of the most lucrative government jobs. For these reasons, many Filipinos dream of becoming a policeman/policewoman.

To ensure that our future set of police officers is competent and qualified enough to perform their duties, they initially go through an intensive assessment called the NAPOLCOM Entrance Exam.

If you’re one of these Filipinos preparing for the PNP entrance exam, you’re in the right place! This ultimate NAPOLCOM reviewer aims to increase your odds of passing the exam and becoming part of our country’s police force.

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Table of Contents

 

What Is the NAPOLCOM Entrance Exam?

The NAPOLCOM (or PNP) Entrance Exam is a three-hour-long multiple choice type of exam that is administered for those who want to serve in the Philippine National Police (PNP). 

The NAPOLCOM Entrance Examination is administered in two modes:

  •  Traditionally (pen and paper exam) in NAPOLCOM regional exam centers1
  •  Digitally through the NAPOLCOM Computer-Assisted Examination (CAEx)2 in the NAPOLCOM Central Office in Quezon City

Individuals 30 years old and below with a bachelor’s degree are eligible to take the NAPOLCOM Entrance Exam. For patrolmen/patrolwomen who are temporarily appointed, only a bachelor’s degree is required. All examinees are required to pay an exam fee of PHP 400.

The passing score for this assessment is 70%. However, this is still subject to computation and criteria that are set by NAPOLCOM annually.

 

How To Use This NAPOLCOM Reviewer

This reviewer consists of four parts:

  • General Information
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Logical Reasoning

Each part corresponds to the actual subtest of the NAPOLCOM Entrance Exam and consists of topic discussions, topic summaries, and visual aids. You can also gauge your understanding using our practice questions accompanied by their answer keys.

 

1. General Information

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This subtest assesses your knowledge of our country’s political and legal structure as well as history; the criminal justice system, and social responsibilities. 

General Information Modules and Readings + Printable Quizzes

  • Philippine Constitution
  • Philippine Law and History
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Current Events
  • Social Awareness
  • Values/Uprightness

General Information Review Tips and Tricks

  1. Be updated with the current events in the Philippines and abroad. Read news from reliable sources and think about how these issues affect our society.
  2. Don’t forget to read PNP’s history and the meaning of the PNP seal and badge. Recall also the current and previous PNP chiefs.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the internal system of the PNP (e.g., the age requirement for PO1, qualifications for optional retirement, etc.).
  4. Do not memorize the entire Philippine constitution. Just focus on the parts that laid our political and legal system, specifically Articles I (National Territory) to VII (Executive Department). However, make sure you also review the summary of the remaining articles and any newly signed laws, if there are any.
  5. Aside from the Spanish to Japanese occupation era, history-related questions also cover relatively more recent topics such as Martial Law and EDSA I and II.
  6. We also recommend reading the following relevant laws that might appear in the test:
  • RA 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees)
  • RA 10158 (Revised Penal Code)
  • RA 6975 (PNP Reform and Reorganization act of 1998)
  • RA 9995 (Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009)
  • RA 10589 (Anti-Corruption Month)
  • RA 9147 (Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act)
 

2. Verbal Reasoning

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This part evaluates your proficiency in writing and reading using the English language.

Verbal Reasoning Modules and Readings + Printable Quizzes

  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Reading Comprehension

Verbal Reasoning Review Tips and Tricks

  1. Learn new words everyday to increase your vocabulary. You can start by referring to this list of words that are usually asked in vocabulary tests. Spend more time reading books and as you encounter a new word, consult a dictionary to find its meaning.
  2. Proficiency in English grammar takes practice. So, take as many mock exams as possible so that you’ll gain familiarity with common grammar rules such as subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent, order of adjectives, parallelism, etc. 
  3. For reading comprehension, try to read the questions before the given text. A lot of previous examinees mentioned how long and eye-straining the given texts can be. So, this technique will allow you to save time and mental energy since you can just skim the given text and look for the answer.
 

3. Quantitative Reasoning

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This portion assesses your current understanding of basic mathematical concepts and your ability to apply them when solving word problems.

Quantitative Reasoning Modules and Readings + Printable Quizzes

a. Arithmetic and Number Sense

b. Algebra

c. Geometry

Quantitative Reasoning Review Tips and Tricks

  1. Strengthen your knowledge of basic mathematical concepts like basic arithmetic with real numbers, PEMDAS, writing algebraic expressions, and solving equations. Memorize important formulas but remember how to use them and what each of the variable in them represents.
  2. Take as many practice tests as possible. This allows you to encounter a variety of problem-solving questions. Although these problems differ in form and given values, you’ll eventually notice a pattern on how to solve them, helping you come up with a solution for even the toughest of questions.
  3. Identify which lessons you struggle with the most. Some examinees tend to run away from their weaknesses and focus only on what they do best. However, addressing the challenging problems head-on will give you the confidence you need to perform better in this subtest.
  4. Learn quick computing methods to maximize your time in this portion. Here are some techniques you can use:
  • When getting the 25% of a number, just divide the number by 4. For 50%, divide it by 2.
  • Multiplying a decimal by 100 means that you only have to move two decimal places to the right. For instance, 9.25 x 100 = 925. Multiplying by 1000 means moving three decimal places to the right.
  • Dividing a decimal by 100 means that you only have to move two decimal places to the left (e.g. 817.2 ÷ 100 = 8.172). Dividing by 1000 means moving three decimal places to the left. 
  • Remember the square of the first 100 counting numbers (i.e. 12 = 1, 22 = 4, 32 = 9, …, 102 = 100).
 

4. Logical Reasoning

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This portion includes word analogies and the classic abstract reasoning questions (shape patterns). Moreover, there are questions dedicated to “mapping” or analyzing a given map to answer a given problem.

Logical Reasoning Modules and Readings + Printable Quizzes

  • Verbal (Word Analogies)
  • Non-verbal 
  • Spatial Reasoning (Map Reading)

Logical Reasoning Review Tips and Tricks

1. Study the following to help you answer mapping-related questions:

  • Cardinal directions (North, East, West, South)
  • Secondary directions (Northeast, Southeast, Northwest, Southwest)
  • Basic signages and signs
  • Corner, intersection, cross-streets in a map
  • “Respond Emergency Vehicles” such as police mobiles, fire trucks, and ambulances

2. Learn how to illustrate given logical problems to make it easier to understand the given situation. 

Example: Lewis is behind Nora, Micah is in front of Justin, Roco is in front of Nora, Micah is behind Lewis. Who is the fourth person in the line?

To illustrate:

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We can clearly see that the fourth person is Micah

3. Read the questions carefully. Some questions can be answered quickly if you’re able to understand the given situation.

Example: A plane crashed near a national cemetery. Is it right to bury the survivor from a foreign country in the national cemetery where the plane crashed?

If you quickly understand that the person is a survivor, you can immediately tell that it is improper to bury a living person anywhere.

 

General Tips To Pass the NAPOLCOM Entrance Exam

  1. Previous examinees suggest starting reviewing 1-2 months before the examination date. This allows you to absorb as much information as possible since the test coverage is a bit wide.
  2. One effective way to retain what you’re learning is to teach it. Find someone (i.e., a friend, sibling, classmate, etc.) who is willing to listen to you and share with them what you’ve learned. If you’re struggling to explain the concepts, it means you still have more learning to do.
  3. Write while reviewing. Taking down notes while reviewing3 helps you retain the information since it’s one way of making your thoughts more organized.
  4. Since this is a multiple-choice type of exam, remember these test-taking strategies that can increase your chances of answering a lot of questions correctly:
  • If you’re uncertain which of the given options is the correct answer, eliminate those that you think are impossible to be the correct one. This narrows down your options and increases your chance of getting the right answer.
  • After reading the question, have an answer in mind immediately. This is to keep you from being confused by the wrong options and help you focus only on the correct one.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is the NAPOLCOM exam hard?

According to previous examinees, the NAPOLCOM exam is a little easier than the Civil Service Exam. However, it is still challenging because of its broad coverage.

2. How many questions are there in a NAPOLCOM exam?

Based on the previous exams, the NAPOLCOM exam contains a total of 150 questions.

3. Can I join the PNP without taking the NAPOLCOM Entrance Exam?

Yes. There are two ways to join the PNP: the first is by graduating from the PNP Academy while the second is through passing the NAPOLCOM Entrance Exam.

4. What is the next step after passing the NAPOLCOM exam?

After passing the exam, you will get a certificate of eligibility proving that you are qualified to be a PNP patrolman/patrolwoman. Use this as part of your documentary requirements when applying at a PNP branch.

 

References

  1. National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM). (2022). PNP Entrance Examination Announcement [PDF]. Quezon City. Retrieved from https://napolcom.gov.ph/pdf/examEapril22.pdf?fbclid=IwAR12uBRsNoCFPK5kcS4ZtTp1veDfE0cIb13MorA3lN1gNppotrPEQ8MtWKU
  2. National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM). (2022). NAPOLCOM Computer-Assisted Examination (CAEx) Announcement [PDF]. Quezon City. Retrieved from https://napolcom.gov.ph/pdf/CAEXmarch22.pdf
  3. Benefits of Notetaking?. Retrieved 31 March 2022, from https://sites.austincc.edu/student-skills-workshops/taking-effective-notes/benefits-of-notetaking/

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