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Test Information

NOTE: Our testing process has changed 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

Applications for this exam cycle (2023 - Cycle #1) will be accepted from December 28, 2022 - February 8, 2023.

EXAM APPLICATION INFORMATION:

Applications for this exam cycle (2023 - Cycle 1) will be accepted during the period of December 28, 2022 through February 8, 2023.   Once a completed application is received by the City of Seattle's Fire & Police Exam Unit and the application is successfully screened, applicants will be contacted via an NTN system e-mail with instructions for how to schedule participation in the NTN Frontline exam process at no cost.

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 December 28, 2022 through February 8, 2023 and you successfully complete the first stage of the assessment process (NTN's Frontline National Exam and Public Safety Self Assessment), you must then immediately schedule yourself (via your NTN account) to participate in a physical agility test and successfully complete that test by February 10, 2023 (the close of this exam cycle).  Candidates must also be available to participate in the oral board interviews to be conducted on February 18, 2023.

Exam Step 1 - Video Exam and Online Job Survey (PSSA) (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 December 28, 2022 and February 10, 2023, 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 February 14, 2023 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 August 10 and February 10, 2023 as long as that score was not applied toward a Seattle exam in the previous six months.  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 exams 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
 

  • Oral Board interviews:  Saturday, February 18, 2023
  • Interview with Background Detective:  Scheduled individually  

Lateral Entry Upcoming Tests

EXAM APPLICATION INFORMATION:

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 APPLICATION INFORMATION:  
Applications for this exam cycle will be accepted during the period of January 13 - February 17, 2023.   Once a completed application is received by the City of Seattle's Fire & Police Exam Unit, the Fire & Police Exam Unit will send the applicant's name and e-mail address to NTN.  NTN will then send each applicant (via e-mail address provided in the application) 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 oral board interview as advertised below.  If you are unavailable to participate in the oral board interview on March 11, 2023, you will need to wait to participate in a subsequent exam cycle.

Candidates must be available to participate in all portions of the exam process within the dates assigned to this exam cycle:


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 January 13 and February 17, 2023 and successfully complete the first stage of the assessment process (NTN video exam and online Public Safety Self Assessment) by February 22, 2023, you will be scheduled by the Fire & Police Exam Unit to participate in an online formal oral board interview to be conducted on March 11, 2023.  Candidates who successfully pass the oral board interview will be scheduled for an interview with a background detective to be conducted via MS Teams.

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 January 13, 2023 - February 22, 2023, written/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 February 23, 2023 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 August 22, 2022 - February 22, 2023, as long as that score was not applied toward a Seattle exam in the previous six months.  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.  An application must be on file with the City of Seattle so that a link may to be sent to an applicant for the "department add" score transfer process to occur at no cost.
  • 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 participate in an online oral board interview on March 11, 2023 to complete Step 2 of the test.

Exam Step 2 - Lateral Entry Oral Board Interview
      March 11, 2023

Exam Step 3 - Interview with a Background Detective

Candidates will be scheduled individually by a background detective, subsequent to passing Step 1 and Step 2 of the exam process.

 

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Address: 610 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98104-1900
Mailing Address: PO Box 34986, Seattle, WA, 98124-4986
Phone: (206) 625-5011
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