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9.1 Police Examinations

Manual: Examination Procedures

Subsection: Administering Police Officer Examinations

General Overview

Each classification in the Police Series has a corresponding examination. The Police Officer examination is a three-stage process, including a physical fitness component, knowledge test, and oral board, and is usually conducted by the Human Resource office at the employment location. The Police Corporal, Police Sergeant, and Police Lieutenant examinations are all a two-stage process, including a knowledge test and an elongated oral board, with the knowledge test conducted by the Human Resource office at the employment location and the elongated oral board conducted by the University System office at a selected site. The Police Captain and Police Major examinations are written informational supplements, requesting the applicant to complete written components regarding various educational, training, and experience components, conducted by the Human Resource office at the employment location.

The administration of each examination component must be administered in accordance with established protocols. Failure to follow established guidelines by any Human Resource representative or any member of an oral board interview panel may result in the voiding of an examination or an entire register.

Ethical Guidelines for Police Testing Administrators should be reviewed by the Human Resource office staff, test administrators, and all members of the oral board interview panel prior to beginning any examination process. (See Section 9.4 of the Examination Procedures Manual.)

Police Officer Examinations

The Police Officer examination is a three-stage process. Each stage of the examination must be passed in order to continue and successfully complete this examination. The examination components and the recommended order of delivery are briefly described below. In all instances, the Oral Board component must be the final stage of the examination process.

Stage 1.     Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

The Physical Fitness Test (PFT) is a screen-out element. Applicants must successfully pass ALL four components of the PFT which includes the Sit and Reach, Bench Press, Sit-ups, and 1.5 Mile Run. Failure to pass any component of the PFT will disqualify the applicant from proceeding to the next testing stage and will result in a failure to successfully complete the examination.

Stage 2.     Knowledge Test for Police Officer

The Knowledge Test accounts for 40% of the entire examination score. Applicants must achieve a passing score of 70 points, correctly answering 41 of the 59 examination questions, in order to achieve a minimum score to pass this stage. Failure to pass the Knowledge Test will disqualify the applicant from proceeding to the next testing stage and will result in a failure to successfully complete the examination.

Stage 3.     Oral Board (includes Oral Board Supplement, Oral Résumé, and Interview)

The Oral Board (OB) is always the last stage of the testing process. It accounts for 60% of the entire examination score. Applicants must achieve a passing score of 70 points in order to pass this final stage of the testing process. Failure to pass the Oral Board will disqualify the applicant and will result in a failure to successfully complete the examination.

Police Corporal, Police Sergeant, Police Lieutenant Examinations

Examinations for these classifications are a two-stage process. In every instance, each stage of the examination must be passed in order to continue and successfully complete the examination. The examination components and the order of delivery are briefly described below.

Stage 1.     Knowledge Test

There are separate knowledge tests for each of the three classifications - Corporal, Sergeant, and Lieutenant. In each instance, the Knowledge Test accounts for 40% of the total examination score. Applicants must achieve a passing score of 70 points in order to pass this first stage of the testing process. In all cases, failure to pass the Knowledge Test will disqualify the applicant from proceeding to the next testing stage and will result in a failure to successfully complete the examination.

Stage 2.     Elongated Oral Board (EOB)

There are separate Elongated Oral Board components for each of the three classifications - Corporal, Sergeant, and Lieutenant. In each instance, the EOB accounts for 60% of the total examination score. Applicants must achieve a passing score of 70 points in order to pass this final stage of the testing process. Failure to pass the EOB will disqualify the applicant and will result in a failure to successfully complete the examination.

Police Captain, Police Major Examinations

Examinations for these two classifications are simply a multi-dimensional informational supplement, which requires the applicant to provide a written response to a series of items regarding their educational background, training, and work experience. Applicants must achieve a passing score of 70 points in order to successfully complete these examinations. Failure to achieve a minimum score of 70 points will disqualify the applicant and will result in a failure to successfully complete the examination.


Revised 7/16/2008