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Selection Process for MTA Police Officers

The hiring process to join the MTA Police consists of eight steps: 1) entry-level written police exam; 2) physical fitness test; 3) panel interview; 4) background investigation, including fingerprints; 5) medical exam including drug test; 6) psychological evaluation, written and oral; 7) polygraph; and 8) completion of Police Academy curriculum.

To be considered for any MTA police position, you must pass each and every phase of the application process. The benefits for a position with the Metro are so generous that every applicant class is overloaded with people desiring to become MTA Police Officers. The best way to distinguish yourself is to prepare for the exam in advance and be among the highest scoring applicants.


MTAPD Test Content

The MTAPD uses the NCJOSI II exam. The test consists of 200 questions, divided into two sections, with a time limit of two and a half hours. Section I includes 80 questions spread out among 10 job-related cognitive abilities.

The NCJOSI II tests your aptitude in the following subjects:

  1. Deductive Reasoning – This type of logic concerns the application of rules and regulations to the various aspects of a situation. Expect to read passages containing state laws or policies. Each passage is followed by multiple situations. Your job is to apply the policies when determining the best course of action to take for each situation.
  2. Flexibility of Closure – Finding a face in a crowd is the subject matter of this aptitude. It is assessed through the identification of a key pattern buried within a larger, more cluttered pattern.
  3. Inductive Reasoning – These questions present a scenario, a string of events, or a set of objects. Your task is to find the common element, concept, or rule that connects the information/set. Expect to encounter passages, tables, or charts. In daily police work, inductive reasoning is used when reviewing multiple crimes of a similar nature and determining a suspect who is likely to have perpetrated some or all of the criminal actions.
  4. Information Gathering – This aptitude involves the ability to apply rules to a scenario for the purpose of logically sequencing information. Questions include the sequencing of procedures by placing five or six statements in their proper order. Select the response that contains the correct sentence sequence.
  5. Problem Sensitivity – Your task is to identify problems presented in a written passage. Some questions involve the selection of the most appropriate action to take in order to alleviate the difficulty.
  6. Selective Attention – Concentration, regardless of distractions, is the focus in Selective Attention. This skill is particularly useful when performing security checks amid a larger commotion and in the recalling of license numbers. Expect a complicated line of letters, numbers, and symbols. 
  7. Spatial Orientation – The ability to determine your location within a given city/building/set of structures is the basis of this skill. The NCJOSI assesses this aptitude through the use of maps and layouts. Exam items involve directional questions and the identification of the "most direct route."
  8. Verbal Comprehension – This section measures your ability to comprehend written language.
  9. Verbal Expression – This aptitude refers to the ability to communicate information and ideas. Incomplete sentences are presented, and you must select the answer option that correctly completes the sentence. Some items require the identification of an incorrectly spelled word. Grammar, vocabulary, word order, and spelling are four of the elements tested.
  10. Visualization – This aptitude assesses the skill of mental imagery, tasking you with identifying the original object, pattern, or person after changes in appearance have been made. An original geometric pattern/portrait is presented. You must choose which of the four images matches the original image. The choices may be rotated to a different angle or have some superficial features changed.

Section II measures various job-related behavioral attributes that display how successful a candidate will act in an office environment. There are 120 questions in this section.


Why Prepare for an MTA Police Exam?

The MTA Police Department is responsible for the safety and protection of individuals and property in the territory covered by the MTA. This includes the state of Connecticut, New York City, and seven New York State counties.

In passing the exam, you move one step closer to working in the MTA as a Detective or officer in the Highway Patrol, Inter-Agency Counter-Terrorism Task Force, Canine Unit (K-9), Executive Protection Unit, Communications Unit, Technology & System Development, Internal Affairs Bureau, Emergency Services Unit, or Right of Way (ROW) Task Force.

You also enjoy the following benefits:

  • Salary range from $41,000 to $99,000
  • Comprehensive insurance coverage
  • 401k plan, life insurance
  • Vacation days that carry over
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Overtime opportunities
  • Free metro card

Score High With an MTA Police Exam PrepPack™

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What's Included

  • 2 Full-length NCJOSI II practice tests
  • 15 Reading comprehension practice tests
  • 10 Written communication practice tests
  • 9 Math practice tests and drills
  • 3 Reasoning skills practice tests and drills
  • 2 Selective attention practice tests
  • 2 Spatial orientation practice tests
  • Flexibility of closure practice
  • Visualization
  • Personality test and study guide
  • Detailed answer explanations
  • Score reports to track your progress
  • Online on-demand access from any device
  • Secure payment

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