Applicants who pass the Civil Service Exam with a minimum score of 70 and pass the Intake Review process will be scheduled for Phase I Testing. The electronic Background History Statement (BHS), which is requested upon successful completion of the Intake Process, must be completed and submitted online prior to attending Phase I Testing.
This portion of the process is a one day event and includes the row test and a series of psychological questionnaires. Applicants will be required to bring the following documentation to Phase I Testing:
- Original/Certified Birth Certificate
- Naturalization documents, if applicable
- Social security card
- Current driver’s license
- High school diploma, official high school transcripts, or GED
Because the row test will be conducted on this day, applicants are encouraged to wear athletic attire and to bring drinks or snacks.
Row requirements: Applicants must conduct a 2000 meter row on a Concept 2 row machine and must complete this test within the 60th percentile or above based on your age, gender, and weight at the time of the test. The damper setting on the row machine is set to 5. Applicants who stop rowing before completing the 2000 meters or who do not pass the minimum 60% standard as outlined above will be disqualified and cannot continue in the hiring process. Cadets in the police academy must complete this same test and score a minimum of 80% in order to graduate. Do not underestimate this test! Below are a list of resources related to the row test. You are also welcome to schedule time to visit the Recruiting Office during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.) to receive instruction from a member of the Recruiting team. Please consult your physician before starting any strenuous physical exercise program.
Row time requirements
Concept 2 website, with training video
Texas Department of Public Safety row time calculator
The psychological questionnaires administered include the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) and the Inwald Personality Inventory (IPI). Both are designed to measure a variety of personality and psychological factors related to police work. Results will be reviewed by a psychologist and follow-up questions may be asked during the psychological interview in Phase II. Applicants will spend approximately 3-4 hours completing these questionnaires.