http://www.adversity.net/c21_tbd.htm If you read the article, you'll understand the potentially confusing situation (yes, I know the update was in 2001, I just started looking into this). Basically, the county police test used to evaluate applicants based on mental/cognitive abilities. Someone decided this was causing too many minority applicants to be rejected, so they made it a federal issue, and the test was "dumbed down" in order to allow more minority applicants to pass the exam. The argument was that minorities are usually poorly educated, therefore a test of cognitive abilities would discriminate against them. Not for nothing, but isn't the point of a Police service exam to filter out idiots and incompetents? The test didn't say "If you're black or hispanic, check the box at the top marked 'unqualified'.", and I can't believe "Do you remember what the suspect was wearing" is somehow discriminatory, except to people with a sh***y memory (which might be me after all). I haven't seen the exam, but I was chatting with a detective my age who said it's brainless. She said intelligent people fail because they think the questions are trick questions; they don't believe the questions can be that easy. She told me not to use a study guide. Now I see why she thought that. Nobody has done anything about correcting the perceived poor education problem with minorities. Ah heck, it's easier just to lower the bar.