I’ve been offered a full-time lab tech job at a private company that does extractive metallurgy. Barring any unforeseen issues, I’ll start on 15 August. I’m going to continue with the application process to two local law enforcement agencies, as well as to the self-sponsored academy at my local community college.
Today I took a written test for one of the law enforcement agencies. 65% of it was laughably easy. The rest was pure memorization, and not so easy for me. I can’t memorize any kind of “trivia” unless I drill myself on it for days. We were allowed to look at a drawing of a busy street scene for two minutes. Then there were 35 questions based on the information in that scene. I was confident on about 10 of those. For the rest I filled in answer “C”. Unfortunately, I was out to the car when I realized that 10 of those 35 memory test questions were true-false, of which I only knew the answers to two or three. But “true” and “false” corresponded to answers “A” and “B”; “C” was invalid. So I mistakenly cheated myself out of a 50% chance of getting the rest right.
Since the non-memorization part of the test was so easy, I’m betting that all the competition will be over the memorization part. We were told that the top 300 would be chosen from about 1,100 test-takers. I am not confident. In three weeks I’ll know how I did.