written and physical fitness entrance exams


Written Entrance Exam

  The entry-level written test is an online test administered at the Portland Police Department. The test consists of 200 questions which measure general cognitive abilities and assess attributes important to performing in an entry level police officer position. Applicants must score a minimum of 70 to pass the test and remain in the hiring process. Applicants are notified of their status immediately following the test.

Please note that applicants may take the written test no more than two times during a rolling six month period. Applicants who pass the test will be contacted to schedule an interview.  


Physical Fitness Test

 The physical fitness test consists of three elements: a one minute push-up test, a one minute sit-up test and a 1.5 mile run. Candidates must meet the physical fitness standards (see chart below) in order to attend the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.  Physical Fitness tests are completed outside- dress accordingly.

maine criminal justice academy fitness standards

Physical Fitness Regiment


We have created a guide for candidates to follow to help them reach their fitness goals. Be advised, this is just a guide for candidates to reference and utilize during their physical fitness training.


Note that the fitness test may be taken at the Portland PD or at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. The test is given at MCJA on the first and third Wednesday of each month.  Call the Academy at (207) 877- 8000 to reserve a spot.