New York State Police

Recruitment: Troopers - Frequently Asked Questions

How many people passed the 2013 examination?

Approximately 24,242 applicants passed the 2013 exam.

How soon will I be called for further processing after receiving my grade?

Candidates are processed in rank order, which is based upon exam score and any applicable Veteran's Preference credits. Processing weekend, scheduled for May 6th and 7th, have been mailed to applicants up to the rank of 16,500. We cannot predict at this time when positions will be filled from the 2013 examination list, please do not contact your recruiter asking when or if you will be reached on the list or called for processing. Candidates reached for the first phase of the selection process will receive an invitation by U.S. mail, e-mail and/or text message. The first phase of the selection process includes college credit review, physical ability test, height/weight check, vision test, and document review. Do not wait to receive an invitation to prepare for the first phase. All requirements are on this site, including what is required for the physical ability test. Failing the physical fitness portion of the first phase stops any further processing steps, and may lead to disqualification for consideration of employment as a NYS Trooper. Click here for more selection process requirement information.

Can I review my examination or answer sheet?

No, reviews of exams or answer sheets are not permitted.

How do I change my address or other personal information?

Click here to update your contact information, anytime day or night. Be sure to log back in after making updates to verify the accuracy of the information.

How important is my contact information?

The contact information that you provide is the only means we have of communicating with you. The primary methods of communication utilized by recruiters are e-mail and/or text messaging. Official correspondence from Division Headquarters in Albany will be by U.S. mail, e-mail and/or text messaging.

Does successful passing of the examination guarantee me that I will be called in for initial processing at the Academy?

No. Candidates are processed in rank order based upon exam score and any applicable Veteran's Preference credits. We typically conduct processing for two academy classes per year. Based upon the size of the class, we process approximately 10 candidates for 1 vacancy. This means, for example, that for a class size of 100, we will canvas around 1,000 candidates to attend a processing. Classes typically range in size from 100 to 200, depending on the number of vacancies authorized to be filled.

My rank is a very high number. Will I ever be reached on the list?

Do not get discouraged by the rank. The 2013 examination list has reached a rank of approximately 16,500. Whether we will reach your rank or not depends on how long we will utilize the 2013 list, the number of retirements and separations from service, selection process attrition, and the number of vacancies authorized to be filled.

If I have other questions regarding the exam, qualifications, or other concerns who should I contact?

Most questions can be answered on this site. Contact your local recruiter after reviewing this site if you need further assistance.

I am in the Military, I applied for the 2017 exam, and I was deployed during the October 2017 test dates. What should I do?

Military personnel who signed up to take the 2017 entrance examination, but could not take the exam because of Federal activation status, should click here for more information.

I missed the 2017 Entrance Examination for the position of NYS Trooper. What can I do?

Please visit for future announcements. All employment opportunities, both sworn and civilian, can be found at this site. Civilian opportunities are announced on a continuous basis. There are no current plans to hold another sworn (Trooper) exam in the near future.

How can I receive more information about becoming a New York State Trooper?

Read all the information in the Trooper Employment Section on this site. If you still have questions, contact your local Recruitment Officer.