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Police Entrance Exam FAQs 

Is there an exam fee?

There is typically a fee for police examinations and is based per application filed. Fees are usually paid with a money order payable to the local municipality but it is important to check and make sure that other forms of payment can be processed with your application. Departments usually ask that you write your social security number and examination announcement on the front of your money order. Credit Cards such as Discover/Novus, MasterCard and Visa are usually accepted when applying in person, but again, it is important to check because often, any other form of payment will be returned to you unprocessed with your application. 

Under what circumstances will the exam fee be waived?

If you have received the type of state or federal assistance on the REQUEST FOR WAIVER OF EXAMINATION FEE form within the past 12 months, you may apply for a fee waiver. To have your fee waived, complete the form and submit it with your application. You must include appropriate supporting documentation verifying your eligibility under the program (s) you have checked on the form. These forms are available at many local City and Town Halls and at the human resources department. 

When do I claim Veterans' Preference?

There will be a place on your application that asks for you to indicate whether or not you are a veteran or non-veteran. If you are a veteran and are eligible to claim veterans' preference, you will be instructed to bring a copy of your DD-214 to the examination with you. You will then typically be asked to submit it on the day of the examination.
How can I arrange for special assistance if I have a disability?
To arrange for special testing accommodations due to a verifiable disability; submit a letter describing the accommodation you will require with your application. 

Can I get a refund if I do not appear for the exam?

There is typically no refund of examination fees unless the examination is canceled. Be sure to mark your calendar with the date of the examination you wish to take. 

How do I know if I should apply for an open or promotional exam?

If you are a current state or municipal employee with civil service status, contact your state agency or municipal Personnel Director to find out if a promotional exam will be offered, and if you are eligible to take the promotional exam. If you are not, you should apply for the open competitive exam.

How do I file my application?

You may hand-deliver your application or mail your application to the municipal Personnel Director. We suggest that you send your application by certified mail. In many cases, you may also apply on-line.

When should I file my application?

File your application early. Filing your application early gives you time to resolve questions or problems concerning your application. Your application will be returned to you if it is incorrect or damaged. If you are unable to resubmit a corrected application before the last filing date, you will not be allowed to take the exam. You are responsible for submitting a complete and accurate application.

Where can I obtain detailed information about an examination, such as entrance requirements, examination dates and the examination process itself?

The Examination Announcement contains detailed information about each exam. Examination Announcements are available at City and Town Clerk Offices and personnel departments as well as through your municipal Personnel Director. Please read the Examination Announcement before submitting your application. 

How can I be sure that my application was received?

Due to the large number of applications received, most departments are unable to acknowledge receipt of applications. If you want confirmation of receipt for your records, we highly recommend that you send your application by certified mail. 

What happens after I file my application?

Approximately two weeks before the examination date, municipal Personnel Directors will mail a Notice to Appear form to registered applicants indicating the specific location and time to appear for the examination. If you have not received your Notice five days before the examination date, please call and someone will assist you in obtaining information regarding your test site. 

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