Minimum Requirements.

To be eligible to join Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts state trooper academy

Entry Requirements

Massachusetts State Troopers 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 Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts.

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 Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts State Troopers Test Questions.

Here, we put together some sample Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts State Troopers Test

Massachusetts state troopers is the state police force for the commonwealth of Massachusetts. MST was formed in 1865 to serve as the statewide law enforcement agency. The agency maintains a number of tactical, investigative and other support units throughout the state. It coordinates with several local, federal and state law enforcement agencies for crime investigations, operations and other police training programs to make the commonwealth a better place for its citizens. Headed by the agency chief, Colonel Christopher Mason, MSP is currently having over 2000 sworn officers as well as hundreds of civilians- making it the largest police agency in New England.

MSP is organized into the following divisions, which provide safety and administrative services:

● Division of homeland security and preparedness
● Division of investigative services
● Division of standards and training
● Division of field services
● Division of administrative services

The department faced several controversies regarding hidden payroll data, overtime theft probe, allegation of internal racial discrimination and other hazing issues, however, it managed to uphold its reputation by overcoming and settling all such allegations.

To increase the chances of getting selected in MSP, candidates are expected to pass the Massachusetts state troopers test. However, not all the candidates who pass the Massachusetts state troopers test will be selected. Instead, only the highest scoring candidates would be selected.
The candidates are expected to:

1. Complete the civil service exam.
2. Complete the physical fitness assessment- includes push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups and 1.5 mile run.
3. Complete the medical assessment- comprehensive medical and psychological examination.
4. Background investigation- includes extensive background investigation to verify the information that the candidate has provided.

The candidates who pass the Massachusetts state troopers test will be further sent for 25 week pre-military training program.

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