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Border Patrol Exam (Border Patrol Exam: Your Fast Track to a Career as a Border Patrol Agent) Paperback – November 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1576855751 ISBN-10: 1576855759 Edition: 3rd Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Border Patrol Exam: Your Fast Track to a Career as a Border Patrol Agent
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Learningexpress, Llc; 3rd Edition edition (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576855759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576855751
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,635,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you already have some knowledge or understanding of the patrol, don't waste your money on this book.
propelled
The math section was one of the most important and difficult in the test and that was no where in this book.
L.
I couldn't even answer a couple of the questions because i couldn't understand the question due to grammar.
Ryan T.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By propelled on December 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you know DON'T anything about the Border Patrol but you are planning on applying and taking the test, this book would not be a waste of money. If you already have some knowledge or understanding of the patrol, don't waste your money on this book. There are study guides and practice exams you can get for free online. Funny thing is, they are the same, word for word, as you get in this book (You get the tests available on line as well as a couple that aren't available online in this book). I bought this book because I wanted extra tests to practice with. (I am taking the Alternative Language Test) I took a break from studying to write this review because I keep finding erroneous answers, terms and gramatical rules in the practice tests. The ONLY tests in the book that aren't full of errors are the ones available for free on the CBP website (look for the links). I have not tried the online tests offered with this book yet so I can not comment on those. I can tell you, as someone taking the test in 2 days, that I am NOT impressed with the lack of attention to detail in this book. The ALT is not an easy test and this book is only creating frustration and making me feel like I am wasting my time and money. I do not recommend this book. Read "Patrolling Chaos" or "On The Line" if you want to learn about the Patrol. This book just touches on life in the Patrol. It's funny, attention to detail is the key to passing this test and this book is almost comical in it's own attention to the details. I took the approach of getting all the info I could to help me pass the test and I recommend everyone else do the same. Just be forwarned that this book will frustrate you when you work on an answer just to find out the book is incorrect. Not 100% wrong, but incorrect often enough to make me say that I will never buy another book from learning express (the publisher) again. This may be the best prep book out there but again, I am not impressed. Hope this helps.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 1998
Format: Paperback
I have reviewed this study guide and I found it to be useful not only for getting the feel of the actual Border Patrol exam, but also for acquiring study and test-taking skills you will need to prepare for the very tough competitive exam.
There are other study guides available through Amazon.com, but they are extremely out of date and should not be used. This is the ONLY current study that I have knowledge of. I am the webmaster of The UnOfficial Border Patrol Hiring Web Site (use your search engine and look for "border patrol employment"), so I know of what I speak.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By goin_down@hotmail.com on May 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book 2 months prior to the US Border Patrol Exam. I can honestly tell you that it will prepare you for the Artificial Language Test. During our 10 minute breaks between the different sections of the test I overheard many of the applicants commenting on how incredibly difficult the ALT was...I on the other hand found it to be easy. Goes to show what a little bit of studying can do. I am not going to sit here and lie to you either...This 6 hour Border Patrol exam is no cake walk. In fact if you have little or no vocabulary, grammar or reading comp skills...you may as well not waste your time with this test. The vocabulary section includes words seen on the SAT. This book can not and will not prepare you for the 1st section of the USBP test. Like I said... you either have it or you don't...just that simple. Remember you are applying to be a federal agent and these agents are expected to be highly intelligent. So with that said... buy the book... study the ALT section and go pass that test!!!!
submitted by a US Marine
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
this book will give a good review so you don't go into the test cold no it doesn't go deeply into the vocab but any sat prep manuel like I used will prepare you for the vocab section. BUT BE ADVISED THE TEST IS GOING TO CHANGE ON JUNE 1, 2000 SO UNLESS YOU TAKE THE TEST BEFORE THEN IT MAY NOT HELP
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. T. Turner on August 3, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I just took the compressed BPA in Chicago last Saturday (02AUG08)- the 3rd Edition exam guide was instrumental in helping me get an 85 (70 was the minimum for passing). Out of around 110 applicants, probably 50 passed. When we got to the ALT, you could hear people in the room deflating from the unplanned difficulty- DO NOT underestimate the Alternate Language section, for that matter, the entire test is long and not easy. (As a comparison, I recently got an 86 on the TEA which is supposed to be more difficult). Also, a LOT of the Spanish speakers did not make the cut either- DO NOT take the Spanish section unless you can teach it (or at least make sure you have a good handle on English for the verbal reasoning).

THE STAR RATING: I gave the study guide 4 stars because of some typos and errors. I can think of 5-8 instances where the correct answer as indicated by the book was, in fact, not correct. Other typos were when the editors were using the Homeland Security Border Patrol Prep Manual as a template and did not change the prefix/suffix to match their rules. There are no other guides out there, so at least we have this one.

FREE ONLINE TEST: I could have done without this freebee. I was coming off an excellent practice test of 92% on both sections and took the online test the night before my real exam. When the online exam was graded, I got a 76, but after looking at the explanations, the answer key was rife with errors. I was closer to 84% as far as I could tell. Not a great confidence booster before the test. I see no excuse for this.

HOW I USED THE GUIDE: I started studying about 2 weeks out, focusing on the ALT section (there are 2 different tests in the guide, and the Border Patrol sends you a prep manual that has an ALT test).
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