New York State Police Exams: Preparation








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New York Exams

One of the first steps to become a police officer in New York is passing a written exam. Depending on where you want to become a police officer will determine which test you need to take. We have provided you with information on popular police exams in NY to help you prepare for the exam.

New York City

The NYPD provides an entrance exam that you need to take in order to join the NYC police department. The NYC police exam is composed of 10 sections. These sections are memory, spatial orientation, written comprehension, written expression, information ordering, inductive reasoning, visualization, deductive reasoning, problem sensitivity, and number facility. Each section on the exam measure skills required on the job. Find out more about the NYPD exam here.

New York State

The New York Department of Civil Service provides the Entry-Level Police Officer Series written test. The New York State police exam contains 4 sections: memory; preparing writing material in a police setting; reading, understanding and interpreting written information; and applying written information in a police situation. These sections prepare you for on the job skills. This exam is given to a majority of New York State Police departments.

Other NY Police Department Exams

Some departments may require you to take a different exam than the ones listed above. For example, to become a police officer in Buffalo you need to take the Buffalo Entry-Level Police Examination (BELPE) provided by I/O Solutions. Also to become a NY State Trooper you are required to take the EB Jacobs Law Enforcement Ability Battery (LEAB) exam. Contact your local department to discover which exam you need to prepare for to become a police officer. Using our study guides will help you prepare for these exams.

Each NY County chooses the exam in which you need to take to become a police officer. Applying to any county police department is highly competitive. The exams only happen every few years. For example, the exam in Suffolk County is different than the exam in Westchester County. Preparing for the exam will increase your chances of being one of those 200 applicants.


  • What is the hiring process?
    • You have to first meet certain requirements before taking a New York police exam. The exam is one of the first steps in the recruitment process for both New York City and New York State.
  • How long are my test scores valid?
    • Your test scores are valid for 4 years.
  • What is a passing score?
    • To pass the exam you need to get a 70 or above on both the NYPD and New York State police exam.

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NY Police Exam Prep with JobTestPrep

We prepare you for New York state police exams with our custom-made practice tests designed to make it feel like you are taking the actual exam. By practicing, you will become familiar with the type of questions found on NY police tests to help you pass the exam. We also provide tips and explanations needed to improve your score. Try our police practice pack which includes over 1,500 questions to prepare you for the exam.

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