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Burlington PD 2021 Exam

BREAKING NEWS: Note from the Burlington Police Department (03.04.2021)

Greetings and thank you for your interest in the Burlington Police Department! In these unprecedented times, we are being forced to conduct business in unusual ways. Normally, during our past recruitment drives, the written exam was always the first phase of our process.  Because of COVID restrictions, we need to change our procedure and will begin the process with the physical abilities testing (PAT).  All candidates are invited to participate in the PAT and you have the flexibility , on a first-come, first-served basis, to sign up for the date and time you wish to attend the PAT. 


1. The PAT will be administered over a 2-day period beginning April 10, 2021 at 0900.  You may select which date and time period works best.  You need only to attend one of the sessions.

2. The PAT administration will be conducted on the grounds of Northern Essex Community College (NECC) in Haverhill.  The address is 100 Elliott Street.  NECC will be the designated academy for the initial hires from this upcoming eligibility list.  Therefore, the advantage of getting to know the physical location and layout of the academy grounds should help facilitate the transition for those candidates that make it through the hiring process.

3.  All candidates MUST show up thirty minutes prior to their scheduled PAT.  You must bring a photo ID and have a signed and witnessed waiver with you.  The waiver is attached to this email.  Failure to have the necessary documents may result in immediate disqualification from the entire recruitment process.

4.  Wear appropriate athletic attire.  Dress for the weather.  This PAT will occur in any type of weather and will not be postponed unless it becomes absolutely necessary.  Wear running sneakers.  Bring water and a snack, if you prefer.  Dressing in layers should work to your advantage in the event of extreme temperatures.  We have administered the PAT during times when it has been under 10 degrees, and others when it has hit 70.

5.  All personal belongings must be left in your vehicle.  Neither NECC nor the Burlington Police Department will be responsible for lost or stolen items.

6.  All candidates must pass EVERY phase of the PAT.  Failure on one event will result in immediate disqualification from further processing.  

7.  A map of NECC has been attached to your email sent 03.04.21.  The map is keyed with the location of the athletic field area.  Candidates will park in the parking lot opposite the Spurk Building, labeled as "C" on the map.  Park as close as possible to the athletic field.  There will be uniformed BPD personnel on site to assist.  Upon arrival, you will be pre-processed with the rest of your group, based on your assigned PAT time, by officers handling the registration component.

8.  No candidate will be allowed to wear earphones/ear pods during the PAT.  Candidates must be able to follow instructions from BPD staff during the administration of the PAT and the academy does not allow any recruit officer to wear them during training - so we are going to get you used to this now.

The PAT has traditionally resulted in an approximate 50% failure rate over the last three recruitment drives.  The PAT is not something that you can fail to prepare for and hope to pass.  It is challenging and we are going to test you at the level necessary to graduate the police academy.  Therefore, you must be prepared! Information on the PAT can be found on our website at  and on the Municipal Police Training Committee website. Please - prepare now for the PAT.

It is my intent to try to immediately move to the written exam within a week or two of the PAT.  This will be dependent upon COVID restrictions, but all candidates will be updated as soon as possible. 



Those candidates that are currently on active duty and unable to make the PAT will be deferred to a PAT at a later time.  You will be allowed to take the write exam first - with the @Home testing process.

Please email me separately so that I can defer you to the PAT after the written exam.

The Burlington Police Department wishes all of you the best during the PAT and future components of the hiring process.  The Burlington Police Department maintains the highest standards for our police officers and we encourage you to compete at the highest level to show you have what it takes to join our team.


In partnership with PES, the Burlington Police Department has announced they will be hosting their Spring 2021 exam. Exact date TBD. However, to allow you ample time for scheduling purposes, PES and BPD will provide as much advanced notice of the date as possible, once determined. 

Below we have provided important information regarding this exam process. While the BPD has opted to utilize the registration and enrollment, and their 'online' dashboard to manage their hiring process, Police Exam Solutions will be facilitating the exam, as well as offering the agency additional vetting resources to help fill their vacancies by determining a qualified, eligible applicant pool of candidates. All exam related questions should be directed to PES. 


The BPD and PES are committed to hosting their 2021 Entrance Exam in an In-Person exam format. However, as you are aware, the challenges we face as a result of the pandemic, are ever-changing and evolving. We will continue to monitor this situation closely. If there are gathering restrictions and/or safety protocols set forth by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we will be adhering to these mandates to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being to the best of our ability. Additional information about any pandemic protocols and will be provided to you via email, as we get closer to exam day.  


POLICEAPP.COM: provides the exam registration site, where you will enroll and pay your registration fee. In addition to the PES website, you can find all pertinent, detailed information regarding the upcoming exam on the site. provides a dashboard style user interface between candidates and the hiring agency. Once the exam process has occurred and scores are posted, all communication about the recruitment process will be handled by the hiring agency through this portal. 


PES is the agency working with the Burlington Police Department to sponsor and facilitate the written exam process.


The Burlington Police Department for which you are applying has contracted with PES to provide the best recruitment and pre-screening tools available for recruiting qualified candidates. Therefore, the Burlington PD has requested you contact PES directly with questions, concerns, or additional information, and not contact their agency.

Currently, the Burlington PD has multiple immediate positions available, and anticipates addition openings in the future. The list of eligible candidates will remain on file for approximately two years or until the list is exhausted, whichever comes first. Candidates looking to become a patrol officer with Burlington Police Department are encouraged to register and participate in the PAT'S and written exam.

We appreciate your interest in the Burlington Police Department’s upcoming law enforcement entry exam in the Spring of 2021. Exact date TBD. The in-person exam will be facilitated by Police Exam Solutions (PES). To help you better understand the process, and the requirements and procedures necessary to participate, below is an outline of the agencies and their involvement in the upcoming exam.


As described above, the PAT is the first step in the exam process. In order to participate in the written exam component, you must pass the PAT's.

There are two components to the PES written exam process, as outlined below: 



The first part of the written examination is the Candidate Insight Report (CIR), and the Projected Personality Interpreter (PPI). The CIR will require you to complete a series of questions regarding your demographics, and your skills and qualifications for the job. The PPI consists of 10 essay questions. Utilizing IBM Watson AI technology, the PPI is used to identify the top key personality traits possessed by candidates. The PPI report is not scored and/or ranked. It is designed to provide the department with personality insight for each candidate. A candidate will not be hired or eliminated from consideration for hire, based on this feedback. DEADLINE TO COMPLETE THE PPI Component:  9 AM Thurs. APRIL 1st.

Be on the lookout! Upon your successful registration acceptance, the PPI portal will automatically email you a set of access instructions.  Failure to complete this portion of the exam before the deadline will result in your disqualification from the process. PES does not send out reminders to complete this portion. You, the candidate, are responsible for making sure you complete this before the deadline. 

Important Note: Since this email will sometimes get intercepted by ISP firewalls, we advise you search all folders within your email box. The ‘from’ address is Your first-time access must be made through the link contained in the email. Should you have any issues, you must contact PES for assistance. To provide you with the best service, it’s suggested you do not wait until the last minute.


The second part of the exam process is the written exam. You will be participating in a written exam specifically tailored for law enforcement. Your exam was developed to measure the key skills, abilities and other characteristics required for job success. You will be allotted a set amount of time to complete the exam. You should expect the process to take approximately 3.25 hours. Once the process begins and test administration is complete, you will have 2.5 hours to complete your exam.


Prior PES exam results are NOT eligible for score transferring to the BPD exam. Anyone who is interested in being considered in the BPD hiring process must sit for this exam.


PES will notify candidates when results are in, via email. Typically, scores are released within 10 business days from the date of the exam. This email will contain a step-by-step set of instructions on how to access your individual score.


All candidates are required to provide their valid photo ID upon exam check-in on the morning of your exam, as well as two (2) No. 2 pencils. Masks are mandatory. Anyone without a mask will not be permitted to enter the testing facility. 

DO NOT BRING YOUR CELL PHONE AND/OR ANY SMART DEVICE IN TO THE BUILDING! Anyone found inside the building with a smart device will be disqualified.


Due to the pandemic, the need for additional prescreening of candidate’s health and wellness measures may be implemented. This can include, but not be limited to, car-side check-in, temperature checks, and a health and wellness questionnaire to determine any high-risk participants. Should we determine these steps are necessary you will be notified in advance. It is also advised that you stay tuned to the travel restrictions on the website. We will be adhering to the requirements set forth by the Commonwealth of MA.


DO NOT CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT. THIS IS IMMEDIATE GROUNDS FOR DISQUALIFICATION. Police Exam Solutions is facilitating and hosting the BPD exam. We are working closely with the department liaison, and assure that we work expeditiously to find an answer to your question. As such, all questions regarding the exam process, as well as general inquiries will be handled by Police Exam Solutions, LLC.

To provide you with a timely, informative response, we highly encourage you to submit your inquires to  You can also call the office at 781.645.6005. Do NOT contact the BPD, or you may be disqualified from the process.


All fees paid are NON-REFUNDABLE under any circumstances. and PES do not offer make-up exam sessions or returns for exam registration purchases. Your registration purchase is for that particular exam only and cannot be transferred to another exam.


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