National Testing Network provides convenient, professional administration of the Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT) for law enforcement candidates. Results are available for verification by any Network department or via a candidate printed letter.
The price for the ORPAT is $85. If the department you are testing for provides vouchers, you will be asked for your voucher information at the checkout screen.
Each department decides what ORPAT results they will accept. IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED AN ORPAT AT A TESTING CENTER OTHER THAN NTN, you must contact the departments on your list to confirm that they will accept your ORPAT results.
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More information may be found on the DPSST ORPAT webpage or in the DPSST ORPAT Candidate Instruction Video.
The Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT) is a hybrid physical ability-job sample physical ability assessment process. It is designed to evaluate entry level police officer candidates on the essential physical capacities required to satisfactorily perform their job duties. ORPAT was originally based on data taken from the Canadian RCMP PARE research and tests as well as multiple Job Task Analysis (JTA’s) for the Oregon police, and corrections officers.
ORPAT was designed to replicate critical and essential physical tasks and demands faced by police officers in the normal performance of their duties. Both specific tasks and overall physical demands are replicated in the ORPAT through the use of a carefully designed and validated, timed “obstacle course.”
The ORPAT consists of a 1235-foot obstacle run where the officer must demonstrate essential, job related physical abilities such as mobility, agility, flexibility, power and general physical endurance.
After completing the obstacle run the officer moves to the mechanical push/pull station, consisting of a push-pull unit and a marked line on the wall 39 inches from the floor. Reaching the push-pull machine after completing the sixth lap of the obstacle course should not take more than five seconds.
Upon reaching the push-pull unit the officer grasps the machine handles and pushes 80 lbs off the floor, then moves left to right completing a 180-degree arc. Six complete arcs must be executed by bringing the bar parallel with the base of the machine. The officer must remain in control of the machine throughout the activity.
The officer’s chest may not touch the lever arm. Arms must remain bent at the elbow throughout the performance of the activity.
Once the push activity is completed the weight is released, again while maintaining control at all times. The officer moves away from the unit, falls on his/her back executes a sit-up like maneuver, rising to a standing position touching the marked line on the wall 39 inches from the floor. The officer will then repeat this fall to their back. The officer then executes a third fall to their stomach executing a push-up like movement and stands up touching the marked line. The officer will repeat this fall to their stomach. This sequence is repeated twice, (4 falls, 2 back, 2 front). The officer cannot use the wall for assistance to help them to the standing position.
When the fourth fall is completed the officer grasps the rope and pulls the weight off the floor. Maintaining the weight in this position, the officer moves through an arc 180 degrees by bringing the bar parallel to the base of the machine. This action is repeated six times. The officer must remain in control at all times and their elbows must remain flexed.
After a 60-second rest period subsequent to completing the obstacle course and the push-pull portions of the test, the officer must drag a 165 pound dummy. Officers must use the under the arm technique to accomplish this. The officer will then drag the dummy for 25 feet. Officers must perform this task in a controlled and continuous manner.
Once motion is started the officer cannot stop if they are to pass this section of the test. Officers will have three attempts to complete the task. Three unsuccessful trials will constitute a failure. Officers failing the dummy drag section fail the ORPAT examination.