Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will mail in an exam application through the "Filing Instructions" on the Exam Bulletin. After the next "Final Filing Date" has passed, the Department of Justice's Testing and Selection Unit will vet applications and send out exam invitations. For questions about the exam please reach our Testing and Selection Unit at TSU@doj.ca.gov.
The Exam Bulletin is here: https://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/careers/bulletins/special-agent-trainee.pdf
The Physical Ability Test (PAT) is pass/fail. To obtain a position on the eligible list, candidates must pass every section of the test. Each component must be completed within the specified time limit. Competitors will be tested on the following components:
The multiple-choice test consists of a set of job-related multiple-choice questions. Candidates will be provided with scratch paper, scantron, pencils, and erasers. Scoring will be based on the number of correct responses. This component will have the following sections:
After successfully completing the exam and receiving your passing score and rank in the mail, the next step is to apply to Special Agent Trainee positions online through the CalCareers website.
You can create a CalCareers account here: https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHRPublic/CreateNewAccount.aspx
Using the Advanced Job Search Function you can search for Special Agent Trainee openings here: https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHRPublic/Search/JobSearchResults.aspx#classid=3918
The candidate may be required to take a polygraph examination.
Pass/Fail - Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031, persons appointed to a peace officer class shall undergo a medical examination to determine that he or she can perform the essential functions of the job safely and effectively. The medical examination also includes a back x-ray, visual acuity and color vision tests.
Pass/Fail - This test will consist of a written examination and an interview by a psychologist.
The entire process can take anywhere from 12-14 months to a year to complete.