Minimum Requirements.

To be eligible to join Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island state trooper academy

Entry Requirements

Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island.

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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island State Troopers Test Questions.

Here, we put together some sample Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island State Troopers Test

Rhode Island state troopers (RIST) was formed as a primary law enforcement agency for the state of Rhode Island. Since 2nd April, 1925, RISP is responsible to maintain law and order throughout the state, especially in areas that are not least served by the local police agencies of Rhode Island. The agency was founded 96 years ago at the request of state’s general assembly. Started with just 23 troopers and a superintendent, the agency was first modelled on the working structure of Pennsylvania state police and was first headquartered in Benefit Street Marine Corps Armory. RISP has currently 4 patrol commands that are led by the agency executive Colonel James Manni. Colonel James Manni is currently serving as the 14th agency executive of RISP and as the director of Rhode Island Department of Public Safety. It also has another patrol command at the TF Green Airport, Warwick. Rhode Island state troopers has it’s headquarter at:

North Scituate,
Rhode Island 02857

RISP headquarter building also serves as a public safety complex and is home to the agency’s patrol bureau, administrative bureau, detective bureau and other specialized units.

Rhode Island state troopers test require active, competent and intelligent people with a sense of commitment to serve the state. Candidates who are interested to apply shall fill the application form online. They need to be prepared to appear in Rhode Island state troopers test. Candidates are expected to clear:

• Physical agility testing (sit-ups, 300 meter run, push-ups, 1.5 mile run)
• Writing examination (measures cognitive reasoning)
• Oral board interview (interview with the staff of RISSD)
• Complete background investigation (in-depth background check)
• Medical evaluation (complete medical assessment including drug screening and psychological examination)

After passing the Rhode Island state troopers test, candidates will be sent for an eight week professional training program.

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