Once your application has been accepted and it is determined that you meet the minimum requirements, you will be contacted and scheduled to take the entrance examination. You must pass this test with a minimum score of 70 percent. If you score below a 70 percent, you must wait six months before you are eligible to take your next entrance examination.
Written Exam Study Guide
The publisher of the written exam has created a study guide that provides sample questions and strategies to help prepare you for the test. To download the study guide, click here.
Preference Point System
You will receive additional points added to your score if you meet any of the following requirements:
- Applicants receive 5 points with a qualifying DD214
- TCLEOSE peace officers receive 2 points if they have obtained an Intermediate or higher certification
- Applicants with a bachelor’s degree receive 2 points
- Applicants with an associate degree receive 1 point
- Applicants residing within San Antonio for 180 days or more receive 1 point
A minimum score of 70 percent is required to receive preference points. The maximum number of preference points you can receive is 5.
Physical Fitness Test
Currently, the Physical Fitness Test is administered immediately after applicants pass the written exam. At the time you apply, you should be physically fit and able to pass the Physical Fitness Test. The SAPD offers a Physical Training Readiness program for interested applicants. Contact a recruiter for more information. Applicants are given three attempts within 28 days to pass the physical examination. The minimum requirements are:
|Sit Ups (1 minute)|
|Push Ups (1 minute)|
|Running (1.5 miles)|
Each applicant must also be able to jump or climb over a 5-foot wall and drag a 180-pound dummy 20 feet.
The Physical Fitness Test continues to be a significant obstacle for many applicants. We encourage applicants to train in advance of the actual test and make sure that they can exceed the minimum requirements. Applicants should also understand that the physical requirements of the police academy will be much more demanding. The SAPD Academy trains police cadets on a variety of exercises, including push ups, sit ups, pull ups, running, kettle bell exercises, air squats, lunges, wrestling and boxing. Police cadets are also expected to run an obstacle course numerous times during the academy.