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Pre-Employment Testing Information

Civil Service Test Dates 2015

(To be scheduled for a Civil Service Test date, you must first apply online.)

  • April 24
  • May 29
  • June 26
  • July 31
  • August 28
  • September 25
  • October 30
  • November 20

The Civil Service Test consists of a written portion and a physical ability portion.

Written Test

The written portion of the test is comprised of four categories:

  • Basic Education
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Self-Awareness
  • Practical Intelligence

Tips

  • Base all of your answers on the information and guidelines provided in the test.
  • Knowledge of police procedures is not needed to answer the questions correctly, but rather look at this test as a common sense approach to answering the questions.
  • Attempt to answer every question. If you are unsure of the correct answer, mark the one which you think is the best.
  • Read carefully and follow the directions given in the booklet.
  • Do not spend too much time on any one question.
  • No question is meant to be a "trick" or catch question.
  • Interpret words according to their generally accepted meaning.
  • Check carefully to be sure that you have not skipped any questions.
  • Plan your time so that you complete the examination within the time allowance. You will be told when to start and stop. If you have extra time, check your work.
  • Relax and work steadily.

Physical Ability Test

The physical ability portion of the test is comprised of four categories: (The applicant must pass 3 of the 4 components to be considered eligible.)

  • 1 minute sit-ups 15 or more = PASS
  • 21 push-ups (not timed) = PASS
  • 300 meter pursuit run in 77.0 seconds or less = PASS
  • 1.5 mile run in 17:17 or less = PASS

Tips

  • Applicants should refer to the video below for proper form when performing push-ups and sit-ups.
  • Applicants should be aware that all four components of the Physical Ability Test will be conducted in succession with only a few minutes of rest between each.
  • Althouth these are the requirements to pass the Physical Ability Test, trainees will be expected to perform at an even higher level upon entry into the police academy.
  • Applicants should wear outdoor athletic shoes and clothing.

Conversion Charts for Civil Service and Physical Ability Tests

Your computer must be multimedia capable with audio speakers. The streaming video should play well with a DSL or cable internet connection. 56k or slower modems are not fast enough to stream the video. If you have a dial up connection, consider an alternative such as a public library.

The video portion of the test requires Windows Media Player, version 7.1 or higher.