Minimum Requirements.

To be eligible to join Texas 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 Texas state trooper academy

Entry Requirements

Texas 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 Texas 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 Texas.

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 Texas 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 Texas 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 Texas 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 Texas 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 Texas Highway Patrol Test Questions.

Here, we put together some sample Texas 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 Texas Highway Patrol Test

Texas highway patrol (THP) is the division of Texas department of public safety. Until the early 20th century, rangers were the only active force in the state for every type of law enforcement but in 1899, the Texas highway patrol services was introduced to handle and enforce the traffic laws and commercial vehicle regulation. THP is fully empowered to enforce criminal laws anywhere, statewide. Moreover, it is the largest statewide law enforcement agency in Texas. With a total of 2802 commissioned officers, the agency is responsible to provide law enforcement in 7 regions and 19 districts. Along with the traffic law enforcement duties, the agency is also responsible to provide assistance to other law enforcing agencies, such as- Texas state game wardens, United States customs and border protection and other police entities.

The agency is mainly providing the following services:

• Interdicting public safety threats
• Tactical marine patrol
• Statewide emergency response and rescue
• Conducting high visibility patrol

Several programs are introduced by the THP for public awareness including:

• Crime prevention
• Dug awareness
• Traffic safety
• Occupant protection
• Driving while intoxicated
The agency’s current chief is Dwight Mathis and it is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

In the selection process of an applicant, the Texas Highway Patrol mainly emphasizes on the following part of Texas highway patrol test:

• Physical readiness test: given some specific physical performance test, the recruiters evaluates the physical capacity of the candidate
• Written test: evaluating one’s mental capability in math, general knowledge English reading/writing and understanding.
• Polygraph test: lie detector test.
• Interview: oral board interview (checking the candidate’s communication and social interacting skills).
• Drug screening: identifying potential drug intakes of a candidate.
• Psychological testing: psychological tests administered by trained evaluators.

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