A video-based multiple-choice exam will be administered to candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for the position. The test we use is the FrontLine National™ Video Testing System for Entry Level Law Enforcement. The test will consist of three parts: a video test that will present various scenarios, a reading test and a writing test. For detailed information on the test, including how to order a practice exam, click here.
You do not need any prior law enforcement experience to do well on the test. Although law enforcement scenarios are presented, the test measures how you react to certain situations that you will likely face in this career, not police policy. Don’t rely on television shows to guide your answers—just use your common sense.
For this recruitment period, you have two testing options:
1) You may test at any location in the National Testing Network (NTN). You will need to complete both a City of Urbana employment application for this position and an application through NTN. To complete the City of Urbana application, click the orange "Apply" button on the upper-right hand side of this page. To start an application for NTN or for more information including pricing, visit: Candidate Frequently Asked Questions. We encourage applicants to delay scheduling an exam through NTN until they have received confirmation from the City of Urbana that their application has been approved. The City of Urbana does not set the cost or collect fees for test administration when administered off-site. Please check the National Testing Network website for the most recent information.
2) You may test in-person in Urbana, Illinois. Tests are scheduled periodically through the year. There is no cost to this option, but you will not be eligible for consideration until your test scores are received. Details will be provided if you are invited to test.