CJBAT Prep: Practice Tests and Study Guide

CJBAT Test Quick Facts:

Before getting into the test specifics, let’s start with a brief overview of the exam to get you acquainted:

Total Questions – 97
Total Sections - 3
Time Limit: 1.5 Hours
Minimum Passing Score: Pass/Fail at 70%

Your Pre-CJBAT Study Guide

Let’s first review the six “minimum competencies” adopted by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, as these will be featured on the test.
After reviewing “minimum competencies,” we will delve into how the materials are divided between the three exam sections below.

CJBAT Minimum Competencies

Written Comprehension – This section assesses your ability to read and understand written words and sentences. You will apply this skill on the job when reading legal bulletins, Florida Statutes, ordinances, policies, and procedures.

Written Expression – This section assesses your ability to write words and sentences so that others can understand. You will apply this skill when you need to write incident reports, discipline reports, memos, affidavits, or narratives.

Memorization – This section measures your ability to view a picture and then respond to questions after the image has been removed. Each set of images and questions are individually timed.

Deductive Reasoning – This section assesses your ability to apply rules to specific problems and to come up with logical answers. It is the ability to apply general rules to specific problems. You may use this skill when applying Florida Statutes or the Florida Manual on Jail standards as well as when implementing policies and procedures in specific situations.

Inductive Reasoning – This section assesses your ability to combine separate pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions. This will occur on the job when you are performing any type of investigation to conclude that laws have been violated.

Personal Characteristics/Behavioral Attributes – This section of the test will check your honesty, integrity, and ethics which is a very important part of the job. Are you the type of person who might give misleading statements, engage in illegal or immoral activities, or bend the rules for personal gain? A police force is only as good as the moral high ground of its staff.

CJBAT Test Structure

Now that you have a broad understanding of the exam’s subjects, lets take a look at how it will be distributed by section.

Section 1: Behavioral attributes

This section is 47 questions and 20 minutes long.

All the questions will relate to behavioral in nature to ensure that you both have the temperament and moral character to be an officer of the law.

Section 2: Memorization
This section contains 10 pictures with 1.5 minutes per question on each picture. Here you will answer questions based on the images that you have memorized.

Section 3: Witten comprehension, written expression, deductive reasoning, and inductive reasoning
This section is 40 questions and 1 hour long. These questions are cognitive-based and will include Witten comprehension, written expression, deductive reasoning, and inductive reasoning.

*Note: To pass you must not only meet the general 70% threshold but also get 30/50 questions correct from sections 2 and 3 combined.

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How long are the CJBAT Test results valid for?

Considering that you have achieved a passing score of 70% your test results will remain valid for period of four years.

It is also noteworthy that you have three chances to pass per year, but if you fail on these three attempts, you must wait a full year before trying again.

What Type of Questions are on the CJBAT Test?

You will be tested on essentially four types of questions including: Deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, information ordering, and problem sensitivity.

How Long is the Correctional School in Florida?

The courses are a total of 420 hours for the basic academy. 
Courses include:

  • Introduction into Corrections
  • Communications
  • Officer Safety
  • Facility and Equipment
  • Intake/Reception and Release
  • Supervising in a Correctional Facility
  • Supervising Special Populations
  • Responding to Incidents and Emergency
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Criminal Justice Firearms
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Criminal Justice Officer Physical Fitness
Other than failing the CJBAT test, what else can exclude my application?

There are a number of factors that can exclude you from the process, especially failing the background check.

These can include, serious traffic violations, misdemeanors, failure to comply with legal obligations, and more.

What Type of Salary Will I Make as an Officer in Florida?

As a trainee you will start off with $30,150 per year, and move to $33,500 after completing certification.

It should be noted that those posted in the counties of in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, or St. Lucie will receive an extra $1,200, while those in Palm Beach, Broward, Dade or Monroe get an extra $2,500 per year.

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