Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and unofficial college transcript to the ND PeopleSoft System.
Written examinations and oral interviews will be conducted at the times and locationsbelow. Please indicate where you plan to test when submitting application materials.
Individuals must bring a current state-issued driver’s license with a photo or a current state-issued photo identification card to the written examination. Photocopies will not be accepted.
Applicants must successfully pass written tests designed to determine suitability for a trooper position. These tests measure the primary skills critical to successfully learn and perform the job duties.
Applicants will be administered the National Police Officer Selection Test and the Wonderlic Personnel Test the morning of the first day of testing in each location.
Sections I, II, and III of the National Police Officer Selection Test (POST) will be administered. Applicants must achieve at least 70 percent in each section to move on to phase 3. To review the study guide and sample test, click here.
The Wonderlic Personnel Test will be administered. Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 21 to move on to Phase 3. Review a sample of the test questions.
Applicants are allowed to take the Wonderlic and National Police Officer Selection Test outside of the normal selection process. We have facilities available for testing in Bismarck, Grand Forks, Minot, Williston, Fargo, and Bloomington, MN. If you do not live in North Dakota or near the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, you may be allowed to take the tests if proctored by an approved site. The deadline to pretest is June 19. If an applicant misses the deadline or fails the pretest, they will be able to test at schedule test locations listed above.
By successfully passing these written tests, applicants move directly to the oral interview phase during the next selection process.
For more information on taking the tests outside of the normal selection process or to set up a date and location to pre-test, please contact Chelsey Dietz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 701-328-2579.
Some testing sites charge a fee to administer the tests. Any exam fees are the responsibility of the applicant.
Applicants who pass the written tests will be administered the Minnesota Multi-Phasic Inventory II (MMPI II) and California Personality Inventory (CPI) the afternoon of the first day of testing in each location. These tests appraise an individual’s interests, attitude and other characteristics.
Applicants who pass the written tests will be scheduled for a 30-minute oral interview within three days of the written tests. Individuals from out-of-state will be scheduled for the first interviews. The key to a successful interview is advance preparation. Learn about the job, gather and read written materials (brochures, job announcement, etc.), and talk to law enforcement officers and NDHP employees.
Applicants must receive a favorable recommendation from the oral interview board to be considered further in the selection process. The purpose of the interview is to determine if the candidate possesses the qualifications and the right temperament and attitude for an NDHP trooper. Applicants must communicate effectively and are expected to demonstrate that ability, speaking with confidence in a clear and succinct manner. Another fraction of the candidate’s score is based upon an assessment of his/her personal appearance.
At the end of the interview, applicants will have an opportunity to ask questions or add details that may help the panel determine the applicant’s interview score.
Applicants will meet with a psychologist contracted by the NDHP. They must be given a favorable recommendation to continue in the selection process. A physical examination and drug screening will be administered by the department physician. All expenses for medical and psychological tests are paid by the NDHP. Applicants are responsible for travel, lodging and meal expenses.
The physical assessment that the recruits will take is the NDHP Critical Tasks Assessment. A sample video can be viewed here.