The Northern Michigan University Public Safety Institute will schedule the MCOLES Reading and Writing and Physical Agility test as needed. 

The EMPCO Law Enforcement Test will be scheduled on request. 

MCOLES Reading & Writing Test

The reading and writing test is designed to measure writing skills and reading comprehension, required both in basic police training and on the job. The cost to take the test is $65.00.

Test results are not available by calling MCOLES or the academy where the test was taken. MCOLES does not issue duplicate documentation of test scores.

To view information regarding the reading and writing test, including test schedules, enrollment procedures, and test scores, to to the PBS Website. If you experience technical difficulty logging into the PBS Website, the telephone number is: 1-877-422-4092.

Tests are offered only at participating training academies which are under Commission supervision.  Your test results never expire, if taken after November 1, 1999, but you may retake the test at any time, if you desire. You may access your test results online 24 hours after the test administration is complete by clicking on the PBS Web site link. You will then need to click on the link “View the Results of a Completed Test";. You should enter your e-mail address and password to view your results. In addition, results will be mailed to all candidates within two weeks of the test administration.

 Reading and Writing Exam Schedule:

01/26/2410:00 amMARESA Building 321 E Ohio St, Marquette, MI 49855.
02/02/2410:00 amMARESA Building 321 E Ohio St, Marquette, MI 49855.
02/16/2410:00 amMARESA Building 321 E Ohio St, Marquette, MI 49855.
03/01/2410:00amJacobetti Complex (NMU/PSI) 2296 Sugarloaf Ave.  Rm 500 Marquette, MI. 49855
03/08/2410:00amJacobetti Complex (NMU/PSI) 2296 Sugarloaf Ave.  Rm 500 Marquette, MI. 49855

MCOLES Physical Fitness Test (Law Enforcement)

The MCOLES physical fitness test consists of four separate events: vertical jump, sit-ups, push-ups, and a ½ mile shuttle run. The cost to take the test will be $45.00. Candidates should contact the test site directly to register for the physical fitness pre-enrollment test. 

Official notification of the test result will be given to the candidates on the day of the test. The results will be on an official form and the score will be reported as PASS or FAIL. 

The physical fitness test must be taken no sooner than 180 days before the beginning of the training academy session. Tests are offered only at training academies which are under Commission supervision. Other forms of fitness testing will not be accepted, although applicants are encouraged to practice the events prior to testing at an official site. Law enforcement agencies are encouraged to use the fitness testing as a pre-screening device prior to sending their applicants to an official MCOLES test.

Attendees must bring a completed Physician Health Screening Form with them the day of the test. Candidates will also need a driver’s license and $45.00 cash or check.

To sign up for a physical fitness test contact (906) 227-1408 

MCOLES Physical Fitness Test Schedule:





 8:00 am

Practice Gym PEIF Building (Third St and Fair Ave)

02/02/24 8:00 amPractice Gym PEIF Building (Third St and Fair Ave)
02/16/24 8:00 amPractice Gym PEIF Building (Third St and Fair Ave)
03/01/24 8:00amPractice Gym PEIF Building (Third St and Fair Ave)
03/08/24  8:00amPractice Gym PEIF Building (Third St and Fair Ave)

Fitness Video

Police Officer's Position (EMPCO Testing)

EMPCO has partnered with several police departments in Michigan to develop a system to assist candidates for entry level positions as police officers. This website has been developed to help you find positions, and assist interested police departments in finding the most qualified candidates.

Participating police departments ask you to take an entry-level examination, generally referred to as pre-employment tests, at a nearby test site as the first step in this process. Your test score, name, address, email address and a brief profile that you complete will be available to every participating police department in the state that you select. Therefore, with one process, you can automatically apply to numerous police departments.

To sign up go to

EMPCO Test is available Upon Request. Please contact the Public Safety Institute at 227-1408 or email Adam Maynard at