to become a Correctional or Probation Officer

Basic Abilities Test (BAT) Information

The CJBAT measures the defined “minimum competencies” in three separately-timed sections. Section I – behavioral attributes Section II – memorization Section III – written comprehension, written expression, deductive reasoning, and inductive reasoning. In total, there are 97 questions on the CJBAT. You will have 1.5 hours (90 minutes) to complete the exam. The test cannot be taken more than three times during any 12-month period. All BAT testing is handled through Pearson VUE testing facilities and must be administered in the state of Florida. All payments and scheduling of the test are handled via the Pearson VUE website. For more details about taking the test, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CJBAT? Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT). Please take the Corrections FBAT. This test is only administered within the State of Florida and predicts the likelihood for successful completion of basic recruit training and the State Officer Certification Exam (SOCE).   How can I prepare for the Written Exam? What can I study? The CJBAT assesses written comprehension and expression, information ordering, spatial orientation, memorization, problem sensitivity, and inductive reasoning. Additional information is available by clicking here.   What happens if I do not pass the CJBAT? Candidates who fail the CJBAT are eligible to retake the test a total of three times per vendor within a twelve-month period.   How long is the CJBAT good for? Once receiving a passing score on the CJBAT your test results are good for four years.   Where can I take the CJBAT? The CJBAT is administered only through Pearson VUE testing centers. For more information click here.

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