Police/Patrol Officer Exam: TBD

Written Test:

A written test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the following areas:

  1. Language Fluency – These questions test for the ability to read, understand, and present a clear and accurate summary of information. For some questions, you will be given a brief reading passage followed by four restatements, each summarizing the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given several sentences, one of which contains a spelling, grammatical, or punctuation error. You must then select the line that contains the error.
  2. Information Ordering and Language Sequencing – These questions test for the ability to properly identify the sequence or order of events, and or to organize information to fit a timeline. You will be given a brief reading passage followed by one or more questions. You must identify the proper sequence of events in order to answer one or more questions.
  3. Problem Sensitivity and Reasoning – These questions test for the ability to apply information and to identify a problem or potential problem. For some questions, you will be given information in the form of policies, rules, regulations, laws, followed by a situation. You must then identify the problem and apply the information to select the best course of action to take. For other questions, you will be given a scenario and mock witness statements. You must use this information to answer one or more questions about the scenario.
  4. Selective Attention – These questions test for the ability to focus on completing a task and to pay attention to important details while performing repetitive and monotonous tasks. You will be presented with a series of letters, symbols, and/or numbers. You must select the choice that contains the series of letters, symbols, and/or numbers that matches exactly.
  5. Visualization – These questions test for the ability to imagine how something will look when it is moved around or when its parts are changed, moved, or rearranged. You will be presented with an image of a face followed by four images of faces. Each face is disguised or altered in some way. Three of the images have a difference in facial structure or facial features. You must select the choice that contains the image with the identical facial structure and facial features.

A Study Guide is available at: https://www.cs.ny.gov/testing/testguides.cfm


Minimum Qualifications:

By examination date, you must possess a high school diploma, a high school equivalency diploma or an Armed Forces GED (a high school equivalency diploma from any State or an Armed Forces GED (high school level) will be acceptable) and two years of either:

  • Satisfactory full-time paid work experience. (Work experience while a full-time high school student is not qualifying.); or
  • Active military service. (Proof of military service – DD214 – Separation from Service Papers – must be submitted to our department); or
  • Education beyond high school when enrolled in a minimum 15 credit hour semester. In evaluating a candidate's qualifications, the equivalent of 30 credit hours equals one year of college. (Your official college transcripts must be forwarded directly from your college to our department by November 26, 2020); or
  • Any equivalent combination of (a), (b), and (c) acquired at different periods of time – not concurrently.


Physical Agility Requirements:

The three components measured are muscular endurance (core body), muscular endurance (upper body) and cardiovascular capacity. A brief description of the test items used to measure each component follow:

  • Sit-up – Muscular Endurance (Core Body) – The score indicated is the number of bent-leg sit-ups performed in one minute.
  • Push-up – Muscular Endurance (Upper Body) – The score indicated is the maximum number of full body repetitions that a candidate must complete without breaks in one minute.
  • 1.5 Mile Run – Cardiovascular Capacity – The score indicated is calculated in minutes:seconds.
    (To be administered only to those candidates who have passed the Sit-ups and Push-ups).

Age/Sex - MaleSit-UpPush-Up1.5 Mile Run
20-29 38 29 12:38
30-39 35 24 12:58
40-49 29 18 13:50
50-59 24 13 15:06
60+ 19 10 16:46
Age/Sex - FemaleSit-UpPush-Up1.5 Mile Run
20-29 32 15 14:50
30-39 25 11 15:43
40-49 20 9 16:31
50-59 14 n/a 18:18
60+ 6 n/a 20:16

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