Mandatory Requirements for the Physical Ability Test

PAT candidates have the option of taking a PAT Preview. During the PAT Preview, candidates take a "practice" PAT that is not timed or scored. The Preview allows candidates to become familiarized with the events required during the actual PAT.

Currently, the PAT Previews are free of charge to candidates but may be subject to change. Candidates are required to bring the following to the PAT testing site:

  • Photo I. D. (for the preview and the test dates)
  • A $150.00 bank check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. (for the test date only)

Should a candidate need to cancel a PAT or PAT Preview, he or she must make the request to the sponsoring department at least 48 hours in advance of the test/preview date, and the sponsoring department notifies HRD Civil Service at (617) 878-9895, of the cancellation at least 24 hours in advance of the test/preview date.

Please visit the following link for more information on the Physical Ability Test (PAT) Adverse Weather Policy.