Frequently Asked Questions

Score Transfers: Can I transfer my prior PES exam score?

PES bases its core values and beliefs on a fair and transfer process. As such, we are not permitting any exam scores prior to 1.1.21 to be transferred. This is primarily because we have updated our exam to the latest version. It is not a fair process if someone is transferring their score from an entirely different exam. All things PES are created equal. Therefore, anyone interested in applying and registering for a PES exam, will be required to sit for the exam in order to be considered by the hiring agency.

To be clear, any score received in 2021 is eligible for transfer to any PES exam through 12.31.21.

For example:

If you wanted to transfer a September, 2020 exam to an exam in March, 2021, you would not be permitted to transfer. You would be required to sit for the exam in March, 2021. 

However, if you participate in a March, 2021 exam, and are interested in transferring your score to another process in September, you would be permitted to transfer your score from the March, 2021 exam to the September, 2021 exam.

Do I need to pay the registration fee I am taking multiple exams?

Yes. You are responsible for the registration fee for each department you are applying to. We recognize it can get expensive if you apply to multiple agencies. That is why we highly encourage you to learn as much as possible about the department's for which you're considering employment. Educate yourself about the agency so you can make an informed decision. This is where you could spend the majority of your career, after all.

Can I find out how I ranked on the exam?

This is something we no longer provide to our candidates. Why? Well we found it was very misleading. In the past we have worked with cities/towns that gave points for certain qualifications and/or skills that a candidate possessed. This information was relayed to the candidates so there was absolute transparency, however it proved confusing for many folks.

For instance, if I ranked #5 with a score of 85% on the written exam, but I was not CPR certified, and only had my G.E.D., I was bumped to #36 because of the other candidates in my pool that had their Masters Degrees and a CPR certification.

Keep in mind that this scoring matrix is created on an individual city/town basis, and is typically revealed to candidates throughout the registration process.

Do you offer a study guide for your exam?

At this time, we do not offer a study guide for our exam. The reason being is that unlike other law enforcement entrance exams, our exam is different. It consists primarily of situational based scenario's and/or questions. For example, it asks questions to better determine who you are and how you would respond in certain situations, how you handle stress, and how you deal with supervisors, to name a few. These are not questions you can study for. What we tell our candidates is simple:

  • Get a good nights sleep the night before the exam,

  • Eat a nutritious breakfast before the exam,

  • Be Prepared! Have all your required documents/materials ready for exam day,

  • Know what to bring and what not to bring,

  • And, Be On Time! Check-in starts at 8:15am. Doors close at 9:00am and there is absolutely NO admittance after 9:00am.

* Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many procedures, protocols, and state mandated safety guidelines have been put in place. Details will be provided in the email confirm sent to you the week prior to the exam. We will also post them on our homepage. Since email is not always reliable, make sure you're in the know by staying tuned to our website.

What is the passing grade for the exam?

Each town/city determines the pass/fail threshold for their exam. The determination is typically made once scores are in. You will be notified of the pass/fail score when your result is available to you.

Do you offer a make-up exam?

No. You must sit for the actual exam if you want to be considered by that department.

Military accommodations: We do our best to accommodate those serving our country. If you are interested in enrolling in an exam, but will be out of the country, we will do our best to work with you to find an alternate solution. Please contact our office directly to discuss your situation, or email us at


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