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Taking the Police Exam Administered by the National Testing Network

In November 2018, the Baltimore Police Department made the switch from the written civil service test, to a modern, computerized exam administered by the National Testing Network in 30 states, reducing travel costs and time for long distance applicants.

As part of the application process, each applicant must take and pass the National Testing Network police exam.


When must I sign up for the test?
You must sign up and take the NTN test within 30 days of being approved to take it by the BPD Recruitment Section.

Who do I contact if I experience difficulty signing up?
If you have any issues signing up with NTN, please contact NTN Customer Service at 1-866-563-3882 or email them at [email protected]

How do I sign up for the test?

  1. Go to
  2. Select “Find Jobs” at the top and then select “Law Enforcement Jobs” from the dropdown menu
  3. Go to “Maryland” and select the position you want within the Baltimore City Police Department.
  4. Scroll down and select the red “Continue” button
  5. At the prompt, select “That is all I want” or add more positions
  6. Thoroughly review the information, including minimum requirements, salary, and benefits
  7. If you qualify, select “I qualify. Continue.” and select the red “Continue” button
  8. Select your preferred location
  9. When the reminder about the physical agility exam appears, select “Continue” on the prompt, and then select the red “Continue” button
  10. Select a testing day and time and then select the red “Continue” button
  11. Select the red “Continue” button. Please note that Baltimore residents are FREE. The test fee is $25 for Maryland State applicants and $49 for out-of-state applicants. A credit card is required at signup.
  12. Register for a new account or log in if you are a returning user
  13. If you are registering for a new account, complete the information form and select “Create Account”
  14. Select “I agree. Continue”

The NTN test has four components:

  1. Work Attitude Questionnaire (WAQ) *this is mandatory and scored*
  2. Video-Based Human Relations and Judgment Exam
  3. Report Writing and Multiple-Choice Writing Test
  4. Multiple-Choice Reading Test

How is the test scored?
Although applicants receive a percentage score, both the reading ability test and the writing ability test are scored on a pass/fail basis. Successful applicants must pass both the reading ability and writing ability test. Successful applicants must also acquire a passing test score on the WAQ and the video-based multiple-choice test in order to move forward in the selection process.

How long does the test take to complete?
The mandatory WAQ takes approximately 1 hour. The reading and writing ability test and the video-based multiple-choice test, together, usually take approximately 3 hours for candidates.

Where do I take the test?
The WAQ must be taken prior to your test date and can be taken on any computer when you register for the test. The WAQ is timed, so make sure that you have 1 hour blocked to complete it once you start it.

The reading and writing ability test and the video-based multiple-choice test is administered by the National Testing Network in 30 states. Click here to view the locations

How much does the test cost?
Please note that using this test may significantly reduce costs for out-of-state applicants who were previously required to travel to the Baltimore Police Department headquarters to take the former Civil Service Test.

  • Baltimore City residents: The test is FREE
  • Maryland State residents: The test is $25* (credit card required)
  • Out-of-state residents: The test is $49* (credit card required)
  • *Financial hardship waivers are available as needed

Click here to learn more about the National Testing Network.


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