PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST (PAT)
STEP III IN THE SCREENING PROCESS
Each candidate is required to pass a series of physical ability tests designed to assess his or her ability to safely and effectively perform the essential physically demanding tasks of the Court Officer position. There are eight separate segments in the Physical Ability Test arranged into four categories. The first two categories assess strength and muscular endurance based on a combination of several individual tests. The remaining two individual categories assess arm-hand steadiness and stamina (aerobic fitness).
Category I: Strength and Muscular Endurance
Leg Lift - This test measures lower body static strength. Candidates are required to exert maximum strength in an upward direction to determine the maximum force generated by the leg muscles.
Arm Endurance - This test measures upper body dynamic strength. Candidates are required to crank an arm ergometer as fast as possible for one minute in order to assess their ability to exert muscular force repeatedly over a short period of time.
Pull-Up Trainer - The purpose of this test is to determine a candidate’s ability to exert upper body muscle force repeatedly for a short period of time. This test involves moving the body in an upward direction while laying on a slant board.
Category II: Strength and Muscular Endurance
Arm Lift - This test measures upper body static strength. Candidates are required to exert maximum strength in an upward direction to determine the maximum force generated by using their arm muscles.
Leg Endurance - This test measures lower body dynamic strength. Candidates are required to pedal a stationary bicycle as rapidly as possible for one minute in order to assess their ability to exert muscular force repeatedly over a short period of time.
Sit-Ups - This test measures the strength of the abdominal muscles (trunk strength). Candidates are required to perform as many sit-ups as possible in one minute.
Category III: Arm-Hand Steadiness
Arm-Hand Steadiness - This test measures the ability to maintain static arm-hand steadiness. Candidates are required to hold a replica of an actual standard-issue firearm as steadily as possible while pointing it through the opening of a small target ring without the firearm making contact with the edges of the ring.
Category IV: Stamina - Aerobic Fitness
Step Test - This is a test of aerobic fitness designed to evaluate heart rate recovery and its associated maximal oxygen consumption. Candidates are required to step up and down on either a 15-3/4 inch (for men) or 13 inch (for women) high step platform for a period of five (5) consecutive minutes to the beat of a metronome. After a 30-second rest (recovery) period, the candidates' heart rates are then recorded via a pulse-meter.
Physical Test Administration and Scoring
For each physical test an Academy staff member will instruct you on the proper method and technique for safely and correctly performing that particular physical task. Written instructions and illustrations are also provided and we encourage all candidates to carefully read them so that you can perform to the best of your capability. Our staff will then record your scores and you will be notified by mail of the results of your Physical Ability Examination.
In order to be considered "qualified," candidates must pass each of the four component categories. Candidates who do not qualify on the Physical Ability Examination are provided one opportunity for a retest in accordance with the Retest Policy. Candidates can retake those physical tests which correspond to the physical test category (i.e., Strength and Muscular Endurance Category I, Strength and Muscular Endurance Category II, Arm-Hand Steadiness, and Stamina-Aerobic Fitness) where they did not obtain a passing score.
Retest Policy: Candidates who do not qualify on the Physical Ability Examination will be provided with one opportunity for a retest. The retest is offered to candidates only after a minimum of 90 days from the date of the initial Physical Ability Examination. The Office of Court Administration also reserves the right to modify the Physical Ability testing at any time during the use of the eligible list. Specific information on retesting as well as other questions relating to the Physical Ability Examination can be obtained by contacting the Court Officer Processing & Medical Screening Unit.