In order to access the State Trooper Eligible List, please click here: General Recruitment Information

To access the Municipal & MBTA Police Officer Eligible List, please click here: Current Eligible Lists

This examination is being held to establish an eligible list from which to fill Police Officer vacancies in civil service cities and towns, and MBTA Transit Police. This eligible list may also be used to fill Police Officer vacancies in non-civil service jurisdictions. This examination is also being held to establish an eligible list from which to fill non-civil service Trooper vacancies in the Massachusetts Department of State Police. Applicants will have the option to have their exam results apply to: 1.) both Police Officer and Trooper eligible lists; or 2.) the Police Officer eligible list only. Please note that this posting includes information specific to the positions of Police Officer and Trooper; please read carefully as the requirements for these positions may differ.


Candidates must take and pass this examination in order to be placed on the Police Officer eligible list and/or the Trooper eligible list.


All candidates must read all information in the examination poster, available at: Please note that our application process has changed. Please view the examination poster at the link above, and click “APPLY” in the upper right corner after reviewing all information.




Written Examination Date:                                     April 20, 2013  

Application Deadline:                                                  March 18, 2013*                    

Written Examination Fee:                                           $100   

Location:                                                                     Various sites across the state

*There is an additional $50 late fee for applications received after this date.  Applications will not be accepted after April 1, 2013.


Written Examination:  The written examination consists of three subtests:  the Written Ability Test (WAT), the Life Experience Survey (LES), and the Work Styles Questionnaire (WSQ).  The WAT is administered to measure cognitive abilities that have been identified as essential to performing the duties of a Police Officer/Trooper. The WAT includes areas of verbal expression, verbal comprehension, problem sensitivity, deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, and information ordering.  The LES consists of a series of multiple-choice questions related to candidates' past history and experience of potential relevance to successful performance of entry-level Police Officers/Troopers.  The WSQ is designed to assess certain motivational, value-related and attitudinal characteristics that are of potential relevance to successful performance of entry-level Police Officers/Troopers. A Police Officer Written Exam Orientation and Preparation Guide, which describes the written examination in more detail, is available on our website.



2013 Police Officer & State Trooper Written Exam Preparation Guide  pdf format of 2013 Police Officer & State Trooper Written Exam Prepar

An Orientation & Preparation Guide, which describes the Police Officer examination in more detail.

PLEASE NOTE: The way that non-resident names appear on Firefighter and Police Officer Open Entry-Level Lists will be changed in MaCS. Applicants will no longer be limited to a total of 3 non-resident location selections, which will eliminate the need for candidates to switch location selections in order to be considered for a vacancy. Instead, a statewide Eligible List of applicants will be used to certify eligible* non-resident names. If a municipality has certified all their Residents on the Eligible List and requests additional names, an email Notice of Interest (NOI) will be sent to eligible* applicants according to their ranking on the statewide Eligible List. Applicants can simply reply to the NOI email to confirm their interest, and will then be certified to the municipality. Both Residents and non-residents still must sign any certification that they appear on to indicate to the Appointing Authority their willingness to accept a position.

To apply for this exam:

  1. Go to;
  2. Search for the relevant exam posting, and click to view details;
    1. A quick way to search is by using Search Criteria, and limiting the search to include only “Law Enforcement” or “Public Safety” postings.

   3. Click “Apply” to create an account and apply for the posting!