Applicants who 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 written exam, a series of psychological questionnaires, and the physical fitness tests. 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 physical fitness tests will be conducted on this day, applicants are encouraged to wear athletic attire and to bring drinks or snacks.
Failure to sit for the written exam or failure to earn a passing score of at least 70 will result in your disqualification from the hiring process. Anyone applying for the 2019 Regular Academy must take the written exam on Saturday, January 5, 2019, in Austin. Additional details will be provided to you directly from Recruiting staff after your application has been submitted online.
Applicants must review the Reading Comprehension Manual prior to sitting for the exam - a number of questions on the exam will be based on this reading material. We also strongly suggest that you review the Candidate Orientation Guide and take the free practice exam. This will give you a better understanding of what to expect on the day of the exam.
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.
The physical fitness test is Pass/Fail. Applicants will complete a timed 1.5 mile run and a 500 meter sprint row test. Scores on these tests will be averaged. Your minimum average score must be in the 70th percentile to pass. Any combination of scores averaging at least 70% will result in a passing score. Applicants will run the timed 1.5 mile route, rest for 20 minutes, and then complete the 500 meter sprint row test.
Time requirements for 1.5 mile run:
Applicants will complete a timed 1.5 mile run on an outdoor track. The times listed below are in minutes and are separated by gender and age category. All times listed are at the 70th percentile. Use this as your baseline to determine where you currently stand and whether or not you need to improve your time prior to testing.
Row requirements: Applicants must conduct a 500 meter sprint row on a Concept 2 row machine with a damper setting of 5. Scores are based on your row time and gender. Applicants who stop rowing before completing the 500 meters or who do not pass the minimum standard as outlined above will be disqualified and cannot continue in the hiring process. The row times listed below are in minutes and are separated by gender. Times listed are at the 70th percentile.
Males: 1 minute 48 seconds
Females: 2 minutes 7 seconds
Cadets in the police academy must complete this same physical fitness test and score a minimum average score 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 if necessary. Please consult your physician before starting any strenuous physical exercise program.
Concept 2 website, with training video
Candidates who pass all aspects of Phase I Testing with a score of 70 or above will move on to the Background Investigation stage of the hiring process.