Police/Patrol Officer Exam

EXAMINATIONS TO BE TENTATIVELY HELD MAY 15, 2021 – DATES TO BE DETERMINED
Please be advised that NO further applications are being accepted for these examinations. For informational purposes, candidates in any of these examinations may click on the examination to view the amended examination announcement. All approved candidates will be receiving an email admission notice informing them of the date, time and location of the examination approximately two weeks prior to the scheduled dates:


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 statements, 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 & 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.

6. SPATIAL ORIENTATION – These questions test for the ability to
understand how to navigate within spaces or how to get from one
point to another. You will be provided with a map followed by one
or more questions. You must imagine yourself at a certain
location and orient yourself to the direction you would move to
get to another location in the shortest (least distance) route
from one point to another.

7. SITUATIONAL JUDGMENT – These questions test for the ability to
identify appropriate and effective responses to work-related
challenges. You will be presented with scenarios that reflect the
types of challenges one could encounter in a work environment.
Each scenario will be followed by several responses to the
scenario. You must rate the effectiveness of each response.


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


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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