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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.

Written Exam

Officers rescuing citizen from water.

The components to the written exam are:

  • Arithmetic
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Incident Report Writing

Physical Agility Test

Physical Agility Waiver

You must have a Physical Agility Waiver (PDF) signed by a physician in order to take the physical agility test (video). Be sure to allow your doctor enough time to complete this form. Applicants who fail to bring a completed and signed Physical Agility Waiver (PDF) with them to the physical agility test will not be allowed to participate in the test.

Test Criteria

Sex and Age



1.5 Mile Run (min:sec)


20 1/2 years and older



20 1/2 years and older



Test Breakdown

  1. Trigger and Slide Pull Lock and Release Test measures hand strength.
    Trigger Pull is measured for strong and weak hands. Slide Pull is measured for strong hand. Scoring is same for male and female, all ages.
  2. Sit-up Test measures abdominal and hip flexor muscular endurance.
    The score is the number of sit-ups performed in one minute. Participants start by lying on their back with their knees bent, feet flat on the floor, with hands clasped behind the head. The buttocks must remain on the floor with no thrusting of the hips. In the up position, the individual should touch elbows to knees and then return until the shoulder blades touch the floor. A correct sit up will be counted each time the up position is met while maintaining proper form.
  3. Push-up Test measures muscular endurance of the upper body.
    The score is the number of push-ups performed in one minute. Participants hands are placed slightly wider than shoulder width apart, with fingers pointing forward. Feet are together and body is in the plank position with a straight line from ankles to the shoulders and head. Starting from the up position (elbows extended), the participant must keep the back straight at all times and lower the body to the floor until chest touches 3 inch sponge or fist. Subject then returns to the up position.
  4. 1.5 Mile Run measures cardiovascular capacity.
    Candidates must run 1.5 miles on a flat, paved surface.

Test-Appropriate Clothing

On the day of your test, wear athletic clothing, for example a sweatshirt or T-shirt and sweat pants or shorts and sneakers.

Note: The Baltimore County Police Department does not recommend applicants to utilize headphones or listen to music while participating in the Physical Agility Test.

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Revised April 15, 2022         


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