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 $50. You can pay using either a credit card or cash.


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

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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 120 multiple-choice questions.

Types of Questions and Ability Areas Covered in the Exam

In general, the CJBAT will look at your knowledge in three general areas, including:

  • Language ability
  • Visualization ability
  • Reasoning ability

Here are the types of questions, along with the number of each question type that you can expect when you take the CJBAT test. Please note that the weight of different types of questions are the same whether you’re sitting for the LEO or the CO exam.

Written Comprehension (15 questions) — Covers your ability to read and comprehend written words and sentences, similar to the knowledge you’ll need to read legal bulletins, ordinances, statutes, and other policies and procedures.

Written Expression (15 questions) — Looks at your ability to write words and sentences that others will comprehend. This tests your competency for on-the-job tasks, including preparing reports, memos, affidavits, and other key documents.

Problem Sensitivity (15 questions) — Assess your ability to sense if something is wrong or if there’s a likelihood of something adverse happening. This innate ability is a key part of the day-to-day work that officers carry out.

Inductive Reasoning (15 questions) — Assesses your ability to blend or piece together different pieces of information or details to arrive at a conclusion. Officers must often provide a logical reason for events that may seem separate from each other.

Deductive Reasoning (15 questions) — Covers your ability to apply broad concepts to specific situations or problems to come up with a logical conclusion. This skill allows officers to apply laws, policies, and procedures to actual situations.

Information Ordering (15 questions) — Looks at your ability to correctly follow rules to arrange actions or elements into a specific order. These may include numbers, words, procedures, letters, pictures, logical operations, and sentences. Officers rely on this skill set when they make arrests, transport prisoners, conduct drills or issue warrants.

Spatial Orientation (15 questions) — Reviews your ability to know where you are in relation to the location of another object, or where that object is in relation to you. This is important as you prepare for a job where you must be able to remain oriented as you change locations or directions as part of your job.

Memorization (15 questions) — Looks at your ability to recall details. During your career, you will need to be able to remember key details from Florida statutes, legal bulletins, BOLOs, shift briefings, along with other descriptions and details involving people, addresses, codes, descriptions, etc.

Calculating Your Passing Score: A score of 70% correct or better is needed to achieve a passing score on the exam. Your CJBAT score is valid for four years.

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