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About the Exam

When is the next Police Officer Entrance Examination?

You can now take the NYPD Police Officer Entrance Exam at one of the Computerized Testing Centers in lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn, Monday thru Saturday (6 days a week). The Centers are closed Sundays and holidays; check the CTC Schedule for times.

Is there an application fee to take the Police Officer Exam?

Yes, there is an application fee to take the Police Officer Exam. Fees will be paid when present at the walk-in Computerized Testing Centers. The fee will be as follows:
  • $40 Payable only at a Computerized Testing Center on the day of the test by credit card, bank card, debit card, or money order payable to DCAS (EXAMS) (cash or personal checks cannot be accepted)
    If you choose to pay the application fee for this exam with a credit/debit/gift card, you will be charged a fee of 2.49% of the payment amount. This fee is nonrefundable.

Do I have to pre-register for the exam?

No pre-registration is necessary. You must report to the test session no later than the times listed above for application processing and fingerprinting. If you are late, you may not be admitted to that test session. The test will begin when all candidates who are admitted are processed and fingerprinted.

Seating is limited. If you arrive on time but you are not admitted due to filled seating capacity, you will be rescheduled for a session that is convenient for you provided there are more available sessions during the filing period. If there are no more sessions available, candidates will not have any further opportunities to apply for this exam.

About NYPD Hiring Requirements

What are the age requirements to take the Police Officer Examination?

Applicants must be at least 17 ½ years of age and must not have reached their 35th birthday on the day of the exam. Those applicants who are 35 and over and have active United States military service may deduct up to 6 years from the age requirement.

What are the age requirements to be hired as a Police Officer?

You must have reached your twenty-first birthday on the date you are hired.

Are there any education requirements to be appointed as a NYC Police Officer?

Yes, on or before the date of hire, a candidate must have successfully completed:
  • 60 college credits with a 2.0 G.P.A. from an accredited college or university
  • OR
  • 2 years of full-time active military service in the United States Armed Forces with an honorable discharge and have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Do you have to be a NYC resident to be a NYC Police Officer?

You do not have to be a NYC resident to take the Police Officer Exam, but on the day of appointment you must reside in New York City or one of the surrounding counties of NYC which are: Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Nassau, or Suffolk counties.

Do you have to be a United States citizen to be a NYC Police Officer?

You do not have to be a United States citizen to take the Police Officer Exam, but you must be a United States citizen on or before the date of hire.

Do you have to possess a valid NYS Driver's License to be a NYC Police Officer?

On the date of hire you must possess a valid, unrestricted New York State Driver's License.

Will the examination give additional points for being a NYC resident or have a legacy or military background?

Yes.
  • Five points will be added to the passing written score of those candidates who have maintained continuous residency within the five boroughs of NYC (Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn or Staten Island). This residency must be maintained through the date the eligible list is established.
  • Ten points will be added to the passing written test score of those candidates who have had a parent die while engaged in the discharge of his or her duties as a uniformed member of the NYPD. FDNY, NYC Transit PD or NYC Housing Authority PD.
  • Ten points will be added to the passing written test score of those candidates who are siblings of Police Officers or Firefighters killed in the line of duty or who have passed away as a direct result of a related illness caused by the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11th , 2001.
  • Five points will be added to the passing written test score of those candidates who have all of the following:
    1. Resident of New York City at the time of eligible list establishment
    2. Have been discharged honorably or released under honorable conditions
    3. Have served full-time active duty, other than active duty for training in the United States Armed Forces During the Persian Gulf conflict, August 2nd 1990 through date to be determined
      OR
    4. Have received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal or the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal for either:
      • Hostilities in Lebanon: June 1, 1983 through December 1, 1987
      • or Hostilities in Grenada; October 23, 1983 through November 21, 1983 or
      • Hostilities in Panama; December 20, 1989 through January 31, 1990.


Note: The above credits (points) will only be added to an already passing score and cannot be used to supplement a failing test score to make that score a passing one. All such claims will be investigated. Instructions on how to apply for these credits will be provided on the day of the exam.

Does the NYPD offer any tutorials to assist in preparing for the PD Exam?

Yes. The NYPD helps you to prepare for the Police Officer Exam in two ways: We offer an Online tutorial session and a downloadable Test Preparation Booklet.

Click Here for our exam tutorials

Can prior law-enforcement experience in other municipalities count on the examination?

No, you do not receive extra credit/points towards the written Police entrance exam. In addition, this experience does not count as an exception towards the education requirement.

Does the NYPD accept lateral transfers from other Police Departments?

No, you still have to take and pass the written Police Officer Entrance Exam and meet the education requirement.

About the Job of an NYPD Officer

What are the benefits and salary for a NYC Police Officer?

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What does a Police Officer's duties entail?

Police Officers perform general police duties and related work in the New York City Police Department. They patrol an assigned area on foot or in a vehicle; apprehend crime suspects; intervene in various situations involving crimes in progress, aided cases, complaints, emotionally disturbed persons, etc; respond to and investigate vehicular accidents; investigate specific offenses; interact with prisoners; operate and maintain patrol vehicle; issues summonses; obtain information regarding incidents by interviewing witnesses, victims, and/or complainants; safeguard and voucher found, seized or recovered property; provide information to the public; handle situations involving maltreated, abused or missing children; interact with juveniles; prepare forms and reports; testify in court; and perform related work.

Some of the physical activities by Police Officers and environmental conditions experience are: working outdoors in all kinds of weather; walking and/or standing in an assigned area during a tour; driving or sitting in a patrol car during a tour while remaining alert; running after a fleeing suspect; climbing up stairs; carrying an injured adult with assistance; gripping persons to prevent escape; restraining a suspect by use of handcuffs; detecting odors such as those caused by smoke or gas leaks; engaging in hand to hand struggles to subdue a suspect resisting arrest; being physically active for prolonged periods of time; understanding verbal communications over the radio with background noise; reading and writing under low light conditions; carrying or wearing heavy equipment and wearing a bulletproof vest.

(This is a brief description of what you might do in this position and does not include all the duties of this position.)

After I pass the written exam what other requirements are needed to be hired?

After a candidate has successfully passed the written examination, candidates must also pass a character and background examination, oral psychological and written exam, drug/alcohol screening, medical physical and physical agility test.

Some factors that are cause for disqualifications:

  • Any Conviction of an offense which is punishable by one or more years imprisonment (Felony)
  • Any repeated convictions of an offense which indicate a disrespect for the law, a lack of good moral character or disposition towards violence and disorder
  • Discharge from employment, where such discharge indicates poor behavior and/or inability adjusting to discipline
  • A Dishonorable Discharge from the Armed Forces
  • Persons convicted of a Petit Larceny
  • Persons convicted of Any Domestic Violence offense

How may I get more information?

For more information please call (212) RECRUIT or (800) 550-3836.

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