Preparation for Fire Service and Law Enforcement Entrance Examination

I.     Course Prefix/Number: LAE 100

       Course Name: Preparation for Fire Service and Law Enforcement Entrance Examination

       Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course instructs firefighter and police officer candidates about all aspects of hiring process. Content includes how to locate job opportunities; properly complete job applications; take written physical, psychological, and medical examinations; and prepare for oral interview by Police and Fire Commissioners. Credit cannot be received in both FIR 100 and LAE 100.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. The student will explain the various aspects of the hiring process which include:
    • The application process
    • The orientation
    • The written exam
    • The physical agility test
    • Oral interview
    • Pre and post job offer
    • Psychological Testing
    • Polygraph
    • Background check
    • Medical examination
  2. The student will create an employment strategy.
  3. The student will identify their strengths and weaknesses.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  • hiring process
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Officer Orientation
  • Written exams
  • Physical agility evaluation
  • Oral interviewing
  • Psychological reports
  • Polygraph examination
  • Background check
  • Medical examination

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, group discussions, written assignments, practical applications and tests

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be face-to-face or hybrid course:

  • Reading:  College Level
  • Writing:  Short paper, Application forms
  • Oral Presentation:  Interviews
  • Computer Use:  Minimal
  • Fieldwork:  Obtaining Job Information and Applications
  • Other:  Public Speaking

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Police Officer Exam”, by Donald J. Schroeder Ph.D., Barron’s Educational Services, Inc, Hauppauge, New York, 2009, 8th Edition

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

90% - 100% = A
80% - 89% = B
70% - 79% = C
60% - 69% = D
BELOW 60% = F
Grades will be a composite of the following areas:
Assignment #1 20%
Assignment #2 20%
Test 15%
Oral Interview Practical 20%
Class Participation 25%

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.