Test Information

NOTE: Our testing process has changed in 2021 to a two-part exam/applicant screening process. The first part of the process are exams administered by the National Testing Network. These exams can be completed virtually or in person at a National Testing Network Center. The second part of the process is administered in Seattle by the Seattle Police Department. Please carefully read the information below to ensure the proper completion of the screening process.

Entry Level Upcoming Tests

EXAM APPLICATION INFORMATION: 
There are four expected Entry Level Police Officer exam cycles for 2021. Applications for the third exam cycle will be accepted during the period of April 16, 2021 through June 23, 2021 . Once a completed application is received by the City of Seattle's Fire & Police Exam Unit, the Fire & Police Exam Unit will send each screened applicant's name and e-mail address to the National Testing Network (NTN). NTN will contact the applicant with instructions for how to schedule participation in the NTN Frontline exam process at no cost. If you would like to apply after reading all of the requirements for participation in this exam cycle, you will be able to click on a link to the application below.

EXAM DATES:
Applicants must be available to participate in all parts of the pre-employment screening process that are listed below. 

If you apply between April 16, 2021 through June 23, 2021 and successfully complete the first stage of the assessment process (video exam and online job survey) by June 30, 2021, you will be scheduled by the Seattle Police Department to participate in additional pre-scheduled assessment steps:

  • A physical agility test
  • An oral board interview
  • An interview with a Background Detective. 

Before you apply and test, please be sure that you are available to participate in the post-exam assessments advertised below. If you are unavailable to participate in any of the screening steps listed below, you will need to wait to participate in a subsequent exam cycle.
Exam Step 1 - Video Exam (PLEASE NOTE: There are two options to complete the video exam. Seattle will only accept one of the test result options listed below)

    • Option 1
      • Between April 16, 2021 and June 23, 2021 video exams will be conducted by the National Testing Network (NTN). Applicants will be able to participate in the exam process in one of two ways: (1) from their own home computer with a virtual proctor, or (2) at an NTN center location convenient to them. The City of Seattle will pay the fee for exam administration.
      • Test results earned at these exam administrations will be sent to Seattle and are not transferable to any other department. All candidates will receive their scores on or about July 9, 2021. If you select Option 1, you forfeit the ability to transfer a current NTN exam score to the City of Seattle (see Option 2 below).            
    • Option 2: 
      • Applicants can transfer any current NTN Frontline score earned between January 23, 2021 and June 30, 2021. Applicants who elect to transfer scores will be able to add Seattle as a department (at no cost) following NTN's standard "department add" process. The City of Seattle will pay the fee for a score transfer. Candidates who pass the NTN Frontline video exam will be scheduled by the Seattle Police Department's Background Investigation Unit for the remainder of the scheduled pre-employment assessment screening.


Exam Step 2 - Post-Exam Screening with the Seattle Police Department (Applicants will need to come to Seattle to participate in the post-exam screening of applicants).

Applicants who are Washington State Residents:

    • Physical agility test: Saturday, July 17, 2021
    • Oral Board interviews: Sunday, July 18, 2021 (and July 24, 2021 if needed)
    • Interview with Background Detective: Scheduled individually 

Applicants who Live Outside the State of Washington:

    • Physical agility test: Saturday, August 7, 2021 (a.m.)
    • Oral Board interviews: Saturday, August 7, 2021 (p.m.) (Formal interview)
    • Interview with Background Detective: Sunday, August 8-9, 2021. (Formal interview)
    • In order to accommodate all candidates who pass the NTN Frontline test and who live outside the State of Washington, the SPD Background Unit requires you to be available during the entire time frame outlined above: August 7-9, 2021.

Lateral Entry Upcoming Tests

EXAM APPLICATION INFORMATION:
There are four expected Lateral Entry Police Officer exam cycles for 2021. Applications for this third exam cycle will be accepted during the period of March 23, 2021 through June 16, 2021.  

Once a completed application is received by the City of Seattle's Fire & Police Exam Unit, the Fire & Police Exam Unit will send a scheduling letter to each applicant via e-mail with a link and instructions for how to schedule participation in the NTN Frontline exam process at no cost.  

Before you apply and test, please be sure that you are available to participate in the post-exam assessments advertised below.  If you are unavailable to participate in any of the screening steps listed below, you will need to wait to participate in a subsequent exam cycle. 

Candidates must be available to participate in all parts of the exam process (including post-exam screening) as listed below:

EXAM DATES:
Applicants must be available to participate in all parts of the pre-employment screening process that are listed below.  If you apply between March 23 - June 16, 2021 and successfully complete the first stage of the assessment process (video exam and online survey) by June 18, 2021, you will be scheduled by the Fire & Police Exam Unit to participate in a formal oral board interview. 

Before you apply and test, please be sure that you are available to participate in the post-exam assessments advertised below.  If you are unavailable to participate in any of the screening steps listed below, you will need to wait to participate in a subsequent exam cycle.

Candidates must be available to participate in all parts of the exam process (including post-exam screening) as listed below:

Exam Step 1 - Video Exam and Online Job Survey (Please Note:  There are two options to complete the video exam.  Seattle will only accept one of the test result options listed below.)
  

  • Option 1:  Between March 23, 2021 and June 18, 2021, video exams will be conducted by the National Testing Network (NTN).  Applicants will be able to participate in the exam process in one of two ways:  (1) from their own home computer with a virtual proctor, or (2) at an NTN center location convenient to them.  The City of Seattle will pay the fee for exam administration.
  • Test results earned at these exam administrations will be sent to Seattle and are not transferable to any other department.  All candidates will receive their scores on or about July 16, 2021 via e-mail from Seattle's Fire & Police Exam Unit.  If you select Option 1 you forfeit the ability to transfer a current NTN exam score (see Option 2 below).                       
  • Option 2:  Applicants can transfer any current NTN Frontline score earned between December 16, 2020 and June 16, 2021.  Applicants who elect to transfer scores will be able to add Seattle as a department (at no cost) following NTN's standard "department add" process. The City of Seattle will pay the fee for a score transfer. 
  • Candidates who pass the NTN Frontline video exam will be scheduled by Seattle's Fire and Police Exam Unit to participate in the oral board interview and Background Investigation Unit interview.

Please Note:  Applicants who pass the NTN test will be invited to come to Seattle for Steps 2 and 3.

Exam Step 2 - Lateral Entry Oral Board Interview - July 10, 2021

Exam Step 3 - Interview with a Background Detective  - July 10 or July 11, 2021
(Candidates will be required to remain in the Seattle area until 4:00 p.m. on July 11, 2021.)