Minimum Requirements.

To be eligible to join Washington 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 Washington state trooper academy

Entry Requirements

Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington.

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 Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington State Troopers Test Questions.

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

Washington state troopers is the state police force of Washington, United States. The agency is made up of 2200 professionals including 1100 troopers and 1100 civilians (as of 2016). Initially formed in 1921, WSP was renamed and reconstituted in 1933. WSP is responsible for law enforcement on state and interstate highways and providing specialized support to the local law enforcement agencies of Washington. Historically the troopers were responsible to enforce traffic laws on principal motorways of Washington, while now WSP troopers have jurisdiction throughout the Washington state and they are lead by the current state police chief, John R. Batiste. The agency has 10 units and 11 bureaus. The state patrol also assists the Washington fusion center, which manages anti-terrorist and anti-organized crime operations among local and federal law enforcement in the state.

According to the state analytics, the agency responds to an average of 2,138 contacts per day and an average of 1,128,642 contacts per year.

Two special programs are operated under the supervision of the agency chief. These programs are:

• Safe place program: this program is initiated to ensure that all the people feel respected and safe in the campus.
• El protector program: this program was initiated to accommodate the people who have limited English speaking abilities (addressing the increased concerns of Hispanic/Latino surnamed drivers.

A trooper at WSP earns around $5,386 per month. If you want to join WSP and become a trooper you should immediately fill out the application and get ready for the hiring process. To join WSP, all you need to do is to get yourself ready for the initial phase of the hiring process, i-e Washington state troopers test. The Washington state troopers test includes:

1. Written exam- testing the applicant’s knowledge in math, English, general knowledge and other aspects
2. Physical fitness exam- completing the given physical fitness exercises/tests
3. Polygraph and background check- lie detector test and in-depth background investigation
4. Oral board- interview with the recruiter
5. Psychological and medical exam- medical examination of applicant’s body

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