Minimum Requirements.

To be eligible to join Arkansas 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 Arkansas state trooper academy

Entry Requirements

Arkansas 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 Arkansas 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 Arkansas.

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 Arkansas 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 Arkansas 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 Arkansas 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 Arkansas 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 Arkansas Highway Patrol Test Questions.

Here, we put together some sample Arkansas 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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Arkansas highway patrol (AHP) was formed in 1929 and it remains the oldest law enforcement agency in the state of Arkansas. It focuses on traffic control, motor carrier enforcement, drug interdiction, hazardous material enforcement and mainly on enforcing rules and regulations of the Arkansas department of transportation. With a total of 210 officers, Arkansas highway patrol remains the 2nd largest state police agency of the state. Lead by the agency executive, Jay Thompson, today AHP is a nationally recognized leader in its respective fields. It aims to uphold the high standards set for them by their predecessors. AHP is the only authority in Arkansas that is allowed to conduct safety inspections of commercial motorbikes and can cite drivers and companies for violating commercial vehicle safety regulations. The agency has divided its operations into 5 districts, 11 operating weigh stations and 80 mobile patrol units. Both the patrol units and fixed weigh stations are split up geographically throughout the Arkansas to make sure the coverage of maximum commercial transportation highway routes. More than 200 roadside pads are available for the troopers of Arkansas highway patrol on secondary highways, all over the state. All the patrol units of Arkansas highway patrol weigh, measure and inspect commercial vehicles.

To become a trooper in AHP, the agency requires some of the highest minimum standards of the applicant. In order to measure the candidate’s abilities in different domains AHP requires the applicants to appear in the Arkansas highway patrol test.

Arkansas highway patrol test is composed of 4 major parts:

• Evaluating candidate’s personal information
• Complete background check
• Physical ability test
• Written examination
• Complete medical test (including drug screening and psychological test)

All of the candidates who wish to pass Arkansas highway patrol test are advised to submit their applications before time so that they can have enough time to be well prepared for the test.

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