This is a resource that will help you prepare for the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) exam. Whether you’re testing for law enforcement (LEO) or the correctional officer (CO) version, our goal is to provide you with details and background on the test, and give you a better idea of what to expect when you take the exam.

CJBAT Study Guide

Exam Purpose and Background

The CJBAT exam is a determining factor in assessing your readiness and whether you have the basic skills and knowledge needed to enroll in Florida Commission-certified training centers, and for becoming an employee in Florida as a correctional or sworn law enforcement officer.

Costs/Payment Options

The exam testing fee is $39 and must be paid at the time of reservation. You can pay using either a credit card or a debit card.


The CJBAT exam is administered through a wide range of colleges and educational institutions throughout the state. Your current educational facility or local law enforcement center can assist you with registration, time, date and location details.

Test Duration: The CJBAT examination period is two and a half hours.

What to Bring:

  • Two forms of Identification, showing your name, signature and photo (including IDs such as a current passport, a driver’s license, state/province ID, national ID or military ID).

What Not to Bring:

In general, avoid bringing any personal items with you. If you bring a handbag, backpack or other personal item with you, it will be placed on the floor beneath your work area. You will not be allowed to open these items during the testing period.

  • Calculators
  • Spelling aids
  • Photographic devices
  • Electronic devices
  • Beepers, cell phones and other communication devices

What to Expect During Your CJBAT Exam

Format/Number of Questions: The test is available to be taken via paper and pencil or with a computer and consists of 97 multiple-choice questions that you will have one and a half hours to complete.

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Types of Questions and Ability Areas Covered in the Exam

The CJBAT tests for minimum competencies in six areas.

  • Written Comprehension
  • Written Expression
  • Memorization
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Personal Characteristics/Behavioral Attributes

In general, the CJBAT consists of three sections:

  • Section I: Behavioral attributes
  • Section II: Memorization
  • Section III: Written comprehension, written expression, deductive reasoning, and inductive reasoning

Section I

This section tests job-related behavioral attributes to test how successful the test taker could be as a correctional or law enforcement officer. This section contains 47 questions and is 20 minutes long.

Section II

This sections tests your ability to memorize. You will be presented with images and then questioned on what you can remember from those images. This section contains 10 items and gives you 1 minute to study each image and 1 minute and 30 seconds to answer the questions for that image.

Section III

This section test your cognitive abilities. You will have 1 hour to answer 40 questions that test your written comprehension, written expression, and deductive and inductive reasoning.

Calculating Your Passing Score: A score of 70% correct or better is needed to achieve a passing score on the exam. In addition to this, test takers must respond to at least 30 of the 50 questions in Sections II and III to pass. Your CJBAT score is valid for four years.

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