Prepare for the Written Exam and Physical Agility Test
You can prepare for the written exam and the physical agility test by following the guidelines below.
The components to the written exam are:
- Reading Comprehension
- Logical Order
- Grammar and Writing Skills
- Interpretation of Data
- Note Taking and Observation Skills
Physical Agility Waiver
You must have a Physical Agility Waiver (PDF) signed by a physician in order to take the physical agility test. Be sure to allow your doctor enough time to complete this form. Applicants who fail to bring a completed and signed Physical Agility Waiver with them to the physical agility test will not be allowed to participate in the test.
Bench (% of body weight)
1.5 Mile Run (min/sec)
- Trigger Squeeze and Slide Pull measures hand strength.
Trigger Squeeze is measured in seconds for strong and weak hands (45 seconds per hand with a minimum of 30 squeezes for the strong hand and 20 squeezes for the weak hand). The Slide Pull minimum is five pulls in 20 seconds. Scoring is the same for males and females of all ages.
- Sit-up Test measures muscular endurance.
The score is the number of bent-leg, military style, sit-ups performed in one minute. Candidates will have their feet or ankles held for support. Hands must be placed behind the candidate's head, with interlocking fingers. If hands come off the head during testing, the sit-up will not be counted.
- Bench Press measures absolute strength.
One repetition maximum bench press using a Universal Weight System. Candidates will be required to lift a specified percentage of their body weight. Candidates will only be required to lift the minimum weight one time.
- 1.5 Mile Run measures cardiovascular capacity.
Candidates must run 1.5 miles on a flat, paved surface.
View the Physical Agility Video.
On the day of your test, wear athletic clothing, for example a sweatshirt or T-shirt and sweat pants or shorts and sneakers.
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Revised June 3, 2015