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New York State Police Recruitment Center

Physical Ability Test

New York State Police Trooper Candidate Physical Ability Test


The New York State Police Physical Ability Test is designed to assess the following fitness components:

The Trooper Physical Ability Test consists of three (3) subtests. A minimum performance score is required on each of the following three (3) of the subtests: Sit-Ups, Push-ups and the 1.5 Mile Run. These tests are scored in a pass/fail manner. The minimum physical fitness norms for hiring are included in a chart following the description of the subtests. The chart also includes the minimum fitness graduation norms a recruit must meet to successfully complete the Academy.

Subtest I - Sit-Ups

The candidate shall start in the supine position with knees bent, heels flat on the floor, and fingers interlaced and place behind the head. The candidate's feet will be held down at the ankle. The candidate shall raise the upper body touching the elbows to the knees, and then return down until the shoulder blades touch the floor. The candidates may rest in the up position only. The candidate must perform at least the minimum required number of correct sit-ups in one minute.

Sit-Up down position
Starting Position (down)
Sit-Up Up position
Up Position

Subtest II - Push-ups

An administrator will hold a four (4) inch measuring device directly between and in line with the candidate's hands on the floor, under the candidate performing the push-up. The candidate will start with his/her hands placed approximately shoulders width apart on the floor and elbows fully extended. The back and remainder of the body should be kept straight at all times. From this full extension, known as the "up" position, the candidate will lower the body toward the floor until the sternum touches the device being held by the administrator. The candidate then returns to the fully extended "up" position. This completes one repetition. The candidate may rest in the "up" position only. The candidate must perform at least the minimum required number of correct push-ups.

Push-up up position
Starting Position (up)

Push-up down positionPush-up down position
Down Position (2 Views)

Subtest III - 1.5 Mile Run

Candidates should refrain from smoking or eating for two hours preceding the test. Adequate time will be allowed for stretching and warm-up prior to the test. The candidate will run 6 laps on a 440-yard (1/4 mile) track to complete the 1.5-mile run as fast as possible. The candidate must perform the 1.5 mile run within the required time limit. Time will be allowed for stretching and cool-down following the test.

A word of caution

If you are not already following a rigorous physical fitness program, you should check with your doctor before you begin training. You may also find the following questionnaire helpful. It is a simple screening tool used to identify individuals who may need medical clearance by their physician before they start an exercise program.

Y/N Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire
Has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition and recommended only medically approved physical activity?
Do you have chest pain brought on by physical activity?
Have you developed chest pain at rest in the past month?
Do you lose consciousness or lose your balance as a result of dizziness?
Do you have a bone or joint problem that could be aggravated by the proposed physical activity?
Is your doctor currently prescribing medication for your blood pressure or heart condition? (e.g., diuretics or water pills)
Are you aware, through your own experience or a doctor's advice, of any other reason against your exercising without medical approval?

If you have answered "yes" to any of the above questions, you should consult with and/or visit your physician before beginning or continuing any physical training program. Pregnant women should be cleared by their physician before engaging in any exercise program.

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