Minimum Requirements.

To be eligible to join Alabama Department of State Troopers, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

Must be at least 19-years old.

Must be at least
19-years old.

Must be at least 21-years old.

Must be a US citizen (or permanent resident)

Must be at least 21-years old.

High school graduation certificate (or similar proof)

Must be at least 21-years old.

Completion of the entry hiring process (detailed below).

Must be at least 21-years old.

Graduation from Alabama state trooper academy

Entry Requirements

Alabama Highway Patrol Test.

Once you have met the above minimum requirements and once your initial application has been filled and submitted, you will be expected to undertake the following subtests.

The highest performing applicants in these subtests will be invited to enter the Alabama state trooper training academy, where they will undertake an intensive 6-week course program.

Below, you can learn more about all state trooper subtests you will be expected to undertake in Alabama.

01

State Trooper Written Exam.

Subjects tested on the state trooper written test include:

  • Math.
  • Grammar and spelling.
  • Map reading exercises.
  • Memory tests.
  • Situational judgment.
  • Reading comprehension.
  • Incident report writing.

Long-term preparation for the written exam is essential as only the highest performing applicants make it through to the later rounds.

02

Physical Abilities Test.

Tests include:

  • 1.5-mile run
  • Obstacle course
  • Sit-ups and push-ups

Additional physical tests may also be included, at the discretion of the department.

03

Background Investigation.

Your application to Alabama state trooper test must be honest and complete. All parts of your application must be filled out and evidence must be supplied where requested.

Your application form will be examined and reviewed. Any necessary additional checks to verify details in your form will be conducted later in the process.

04

Oral Board Exam.

Every applicant taking Alabama state trooper test must undertake an oral board exam.

During this exam, you will be interviewed on a wide variety of questions – both relating to you and your suitability for the role, as well as more critical questions that assess your judgment when applied to specific policing scenarios.

For instance, you may be asked dynamic oral board questions that assess your reaction to how you would respond to a given situation. The oral board panel will then alter the situation and immediately request your response.

You need to be prepared; to think on your feet, but to react proportionately and professionally throughout the test.

05

Final Evaluation Tests.

You may be called upon to take a polygraph exam. If you have answered questions honestly in your background investigation, there is no reason to fear this part of the exam.

At this stage, the department may get back to you if they have found any inconsistencies with your background investigation form or whether you need to supply any additional evidence to substantiate any specific claim. Additional tests taken at this stage include:

  • Medical evaluation
  • Psychological evaluation

These are standard tests that assess both your physical and mental preparedness to meet the challenges that come with a career in law enforcement.

06

Offer of Employment.

Applicants who pass all sections of the Alabama state trooper test will be issued an offer of employment.

You will need to accept this employment offer within the specified timeframe that the department has given you.

Measurements will also be taken for your uniform.

Once your offer of employment has been accepted, you will be given more details about when you can start training at Alabama state trooper academy. The entire process – from your initial application to the department to entering the academy itself – typically takes 6-8 months. It varies year to year.

Sample Alabama Highway Patrol Test Questions.

Here, we put together some sample Alabama state trooper test questions; the style and standard of which are representative of the exam questions asked on the day of your state trooper written test.


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About Alabama Highway Patrol Test

Upholding the motto of Courtesy, service and protection, Alabama highway patrol is the state police agency for the U.S state of Alabama. Alabama highway patrol (AHP) has full authority in the state area and is subordinate to the Alabama law enforcement agency and Alabama department of public safety. Formed in 1936, AHP is currently providing its services in Alabama, under the command of agency executive, Major Sue Capps, with almost 507 troopers (as of 2020). AHP division is responsible for motor vehicle law enforcement, special duty performance during emergencies and rural traffic crash investigations. The agency includes 17 posts, communication unit, and the motor carrier safety unit that covers a number of counties. 507 troopers patrol a rural area of almost 69,500 miles in Alabama. The highway patrol contributes in almost 65% of arrests made within the Alabama Law enforcement agency.

It is headquartered in Montgomery and Alabama with 17 posts and 3 field offices.

To join AHP, the applicant needs to pass the Alabama highway patrol test which includes:

1. Written test- Basic knowledge of math, English language and proofreading, logical ordering of information, reading comprehension, decision making
2. Physical ability/agility test- includes 1.5 mile run, sit-ups, push-ups, obstacle course
3. Polygraph test- lie detector test.
4. Background check- in depth investigation of the applicant’s background.
5. Psychological evaluation- includes an interview with a clinical psychologist.
6. Medical exam- ensuring that you have no medical problems/diseases.
7. Preliminary test- include complete paperwork and participation in a preliminary interview with an ABI agent.
8. Training academy- after completing the first 7 steps you will be offered a position in troop training academy.
9. Field academy- after completing the training academy, you will be sworn in as a law enforcement troopers where you will begin your field training.

If the candidate has successfully passed the Alabama highway patrol test, he will be contacted for further professional training and skill development.

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