Minimum Requirements.

To be eligible to join North Dakota 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 North Dakota state trooper academy

Entry Requirements

North Dakota 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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota.

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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota Highway Patrol Test Questions.

Here, we put together some sample North Dakota 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 North Dakota Highway Patrol Test

Since 1935, North Dakota highway patrol (NDHP) has been serving the state of North Dakota as the primary highway patrol agency. It was formed by the North Dakota legislative assembly with the mission of “Making a difference everyday by providing high quality law enforcement services to keep North Dakota safe and secure”. NDHP troopers are in-charge to perform the following major activities:

• Traffic laws enforcement
• Responding to emergencies
• Reporting road conditions
• Investigate crimes and crash incidents

Following are some of statistics of crash reports and DUI arrests that NDHP has witnessed till date:

• Up till now 384 arrests in year 2021
• Up till now 28 fatalities in 23 crashes in year 2021

It is also worth mentioning that up till now the agency has proved its feasibility in reducing the crime rates and fatality crashes as compared to the last year.

There are total 197 authorized positions in NDHP, including- 159 sworn members and 38 civilians, that are led by the agency chief, Colonel Brandon Solberg.

NDHP owns a fixed-wing aircraft 2007 Cessna T 206 used to assist law enforcement agencies in patrolling services and in search operations.

If you want to be a trooper in NDHP then you need to apply as soon as possible. First phase to be a part of NDHP is to fill out the application form. The second phase is passing the North Dakota highway patrol test. The North Dakota highway patrol test includes:

• Written test
• Oral interview
• Written personality test
• Background information
• Physical examination
• Psychological test

Then comes the final phase, the hiring phase. Only the highest scoring candidates will be able to make it through the NDHP academy. Since the North Dakota highway patrol test is a rigorous and tough test that is taken under the direct supervision of NDHP staff, candidates must be well prepared for it.

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