Phase 1: Take Test and Apply

Step 1: Create account with the National Testing Network (NTN). We have partnered with the National Testing Network (NTN) to administer the entry level test to become a Portland Police Officer. This allows our applicants to take the test from anywhere in the country. 

Step 2: Schedule your exams with NTN. There are three parts to the 2.5-hour test: a video-based human relations test; a reading ability test; and a written language ability test.   

Please note: There is a $49 fee to take the test. There are scholarship funds available to waive this fee for Portland Police applicants (this will not apply for applications to other agencies). Contact us at 503-823-0333 to apply for this waiver.

Step 3: In order to apply to Portland, elect to have your scores sent to the "Portland Police Bureau  Police Officer" through NTN. Passing scores for the NTN test are: 65% on the video portion; 70% on the reading ability; and 70% on the written ability. We will pull scores and applications approximately every 45 days.

If at any time during the process you have concerns or questions, please contact our Personnel Division at 503-823-0333 or the NTN Support Line at 866-563-3882.

Step 4: Apply online