pd staff

Written Exam

Applicants have up to two and a half hours to take the written examination which consists of general knowledge questions on reading comprehension, grammar, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, arithmetic, and decision-making. Those passing the written examination will then take the physical fitness examination the same day. 

Applicants may order the “Police Aptitude and Character Test, PACT Candidate Orientation Guide” by clicking here. The PACT Candidate Orientation Guide is a helpful tool to prepare for the exam and can be downloaded as a PDF file and saved or printed. Please read through the disclaimer on the order page in order to have a successful download.  Payments will be submitted through PayPal via an account or credit/debit card. Once payment is submitted, PayPal automatically redirects you back to the FPSI site where access to the download link will be located on the Order Details-Checkout Status page.  Applicants must pay close attention to ALL instructions on both FPSI and PayPal’s websites in order to access the instant download successfully.

The written exam is typically offered by individual appointment, although we do conduct periodic Saturday exams. To schedule an exam, please contact 972-450-7100 or email policecareers@addisontx.gov

Physical Fitness Examination 

Applicants for the position of a police officer will be subject to the following physical examinations: 

  • All applicants must complete the Physical Readiness Testing (PRT) consisting of a 2000 meter row. Those applicants who cannot pass the PRT will not be allowed to continue in the process. Applicants should be encouraged to put forth their best efforts and reminded that the application and selection process is competitive.
  • The minimum standard for each applicant is based on age and gender. Using the percentage results for the test battery found on the Texas Department of Public Safety website chart and the 2000-meter row calculator; applicants must meet a minimum percentage score of 50% in order to be considered for employment. Minimum percentages for testing are evaluated on an annual basis by the Addison Police Department and are based on recommendations from the Texas Department of Public Safety. The DPS fitness chart and the row calculator can be found here.