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Upon successful completion of our online pre-screen questionnaire, candidates are able to schedule an appointment to take the written exam using our online scheduling calendar. You can check for available testing dates, and schedule the exam yourself. All candidates must appear in person, professionally dressed and with valid government-issued photo identification. No resume is required at this time.


The written examination is an aptitude and biometric assessment to evaluate your fitness for a career in law enforcement. The examination consists of 2 sections: a 10-minute, timed vocabulary test; and an untimed section, containing 225 questions based on you, your personality, past experiences, and additional questions of this nature. The examination typically takes approximately 2 hours to complete, and there is no study guide available to prepare. Your test results are valid for one year from the date of the exam. We do not accept test scores from outside agencies.

Candidates who are unsuccessful on the written exam may re-apply three months from their testing date.

Successful candidates will proceed through the process to the Physical Agility Test (PAT).

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Still not Sure?

You can take an Introduction to Law Enforcement and Physical Conditioning for Basic Academy Students course through Moreno Valley College. The class meets weekday evenings at the Ben Clark Training Center for one semester. It's a great way to experience academy physical training and to meet training staff.

Minimum Requirements
Deputy Sheriff
At least 20 years & 9 months of age at start of academy
U.S. citizen
Ability to obtain California Driver License
U.S. high school diploma or G.E.D., or equivalent
Oral & written communications skills