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Rising Star for the 2016 Sergeant Exam--now with the Essential Guide


Rising Star will be replacing its Patrol Guide notes with The Essential Guide. The Essential Guide is the actual Patrol Guide, word-for-word, with certain enhancements

1. It will only include the actors required for your exam. So for this exam only Sergeant and below duties will be included (no lieutenant, captain, duty chief etc) 

2. Less important steps ("fluff") will be faded gray (but still legible). You should still read it, but now you can concentrate on the more important elements in the patrol guide

3. Confusing procedures will be explained or examples given

4. It will include notes, study tips, and acronyms. Certain procedures will contain 2 or 3 acronyms (you cross-out the one/s you won't use)

5. Most lengthier/complicated procedures will have "takeaway" boxes at the end of the procedure, summarizing or pointing out important steps

The Essential Guide was developed in consultation with dozens of studiers and it incorporated many of the things you wanted to see. The gray fading is designed to subdue the less important parts of the guide--our group of studiers indicated that this was less confusing than heavy highlighting. Furthermore, explanations are at the bottom of the procedure or right beside/immediately below a particular step: no distracting boxes that draws your attention away from the text or break your concentration. The new format still allows you to highlight, so now you'll have 3 tiers of text: 1. faded 2. regular text 3. highlighted.

We are still editing the guide, but we'd like to share it with studiers (and you) so you can see the new look.

Here is a sample of the new format:


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