Police Officer Testing



The Montgomery Police Department is offering FREE written testing for current hiring needs on the following dates:

Saturday, June 24 at 9A*

- or - 

Tuesday, June 27 at 6P*

There are no application or testing fees associated with with tests administered on these dates. Plus, a P.O.W.E.R. card is not required to take the written test. 


Interested parties must submit a completed APPLICATION FORM by Tuesday, June 20 at 3P to register for a test date. Email applications to rippinger@ci.montgomery.il.us.

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens between the ages of 21 and 35 years old. A high school diploma or GED and a valid drivers license are required. Montgomery residency is not required.


Montgomery Police Department, 10 Civic Center Ave., Montgomery, IL

*Please bring your drivers license and arrive 15 minutes early to check-in. 

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About the Written Test

The National Police Officer Selection Test (POST) is an entry-level basic skills test that helps law enforcement agencies select the most qualified applicants by ensuring that candidates possess the basic cognitive skills necessary to successfully perform the job. The POST is a valid, job-related test designed specifically for law enforcement use, which measures these basic skills: Arithmetic, Reading Comprehension, Grammar and Incident Report Writing. 

Online study materials and a practice exam are available for purchase from Stanard and Associates at applytoserve.com.

About the Physical Fitness Test

Applicants who successfully complete the written exam will be called back to complete physical fitness testing. The Illinois Law Enforcement and Standards Board has established the Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report (P.O.W.E.R. Test). The test was created in recognition of the importance of physical fitness in the performance of essential law enforcement duties. 

The P.O.W.E.R. test consists of four basic tests:

  1. Sit and Reach Test - This is a measure of flexibility of the lower back and upper leg area. It is an important area for performing police tasks involving range of motion and is also important in minimizing lower back problems. The test involves stretching out to touch the toes or beyond with extended arms from the sitting position. The score is in the inches reached on a sit and reach box.
  2. 1-Minute Sit-Up Test - This is a measure of the muscular endurance of the abdominal muscles. It is an important area for performing police tasks that may involve the use of force and is also an important area from maintaining good posture and minimizing lower back problems. The score is in the number of bent leg sit-ups performed in one minute.
  3. 1-Repetition Maximum Bench Press - This is a maximum weight pushed from the bench press position and measures the amount of force the upper body can generate. It is an important area for performing police tasks requiring upper body strength. The score is a ration of weight pushed divided by body weight.
  4. 1.5 Mile Run - This is a timed run to measure the heart and vascular system's capability to transport oxygen. It is an important area for performing police tasks involving stamina and endurance and to minimize the risk of cardiovascular problems. The score is in minutes and seconds.

What Are the Standards?

  • The actual performance requirement for each test is based upon norms for a national population sample. 
  • The applicant must pass every test.
  • The required performance to pass each test is based upon age (decade) and sex. While the absolute performance is different for the eight categories, the relative level of effort is identical for each age and sex group. All recruits are required to meet the same percentile range in terms of their respective age/sex group. The performance requirement is that level of physical performance that approximates the 40th percentile for each age and sex group.

P.O.W.E.R. Chart


AGE Range

AGE Range

Sit & Reach14.4131210.51716.51514.8
1 Minute Sit Up3330241924201410
Max. Bench Press Ratio88%78%72%63%51%47%43%39%
1.5 Mile Run14:0014:3415:2416:5816:4617:3818:3720:44