Correction Officer Exam Preparation – Practice Tests & Tips

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What is The Correctional Officer Written Test?

Correction Officer assessments are used to choose from thousands of potential candidates for the job. The test differs between states, but has several categories which are very common between them.

Here are some specific correction officer assessments:


  • California Correctional Officer Exam- This test by the CDCR includes Written Comprehension, Mathematics, and Situational Judgement Test questions. It includes 53 multiple-choice questions in total, and must be completed within 1 hour and 45 minutes. The minimum score to pass is 70%, and failing the exam delays your application by at least 3 months.


  • NYS Correction Officer Exam- New York State corrections officers must take this 3.5-hour, 100-multiple-choice exam based on 4 categories: Applying written Information, Preparing Written Material, Observing and Recalling Facts and Information, and Understanding and Interpreting Written Information. A score of 70% and higher is needed here as well.


  • New Jersey Corrections Exam- This test is based on the EB Jacobs Law Enforcement Aptitude Battery (LEAB), which consists of the Cognitive Ability Test (which includes Written Expression & Comprehension, Problem Sensitivity, Deductive & Inductive Reasoning, and Information Ordering), Work Style Questionnaire, and Life Experience Survey. The cognitive ability section includes ~50 multiple choice questions with a 2-hour time duration.


  • Texas Correctional Officer ExamThe Texas Correctioal Officer Pre-Employment Test includes 100 questions to be answered in 1 hour and 40 minutes. The questions include Memory, Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, and Arithmetic.


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REACT Human Relations Test - Correctional Officer Video Test

As part of your hiring process, you may be asked to take the REACT test- a video test from an assessment center or even your home. For the video test, you will view a video and will be asked how you would respond to the scenario shown. If taking the test from home, you may be asked to film yourself giving the answer.

Correctional Officer Written Exam Categories

The corrections exam comprises multiple categories for the state/federal hiring manager to understand who you are as best as possible. Learn more about the popular test sections to help you prepare for the exam. The categories found on most exams are:

  • Memorization & Attention to DetailQuestions in this category will ask you to memorize a picture/text for a few minutes, and then test your memory over the details that were present. You will not know exactly what you will be asked about, so knowing how and what to take note of are important skills to develop here.
  • Reading Comprehension- For this section, you will read texts and then answer follow-up questions that show whether you are able to understand information and messages that appear in written words. Both understanding the essence of a paragraph, the writer's intention, as well as deducing basic facts from the text are necessary for success here.
  • Applying Written Material- This test is designed to assess how well you can understand general rules and apply them to specific situations. You will be presented with multiple-choice questions usually offering 4 answer options, of which only one is correct. Since correctional officers must apply rules strictly and wisely, this skill is essential to master if you want to become one.
  • Deductive/Inductive Reasoning- These categories are about using logical thinking to solve simple riddles. You will be given several facts, and then asked if a fact follows from them, or to determine answers to questions based on them.
  • Situational Judgment Test (SJT)SJTs are all about your core values and understanding how a person should act on their job. You will be given scenarios that corrections officers might face, and asked how you would deal with them. This category is usually given significant weight compared to other parts of the assessment, so take special care when preparing for it.
  • Mathematics SkillsThis category includes word problems, mathematical questions, and algebraic equations. Aside from practicing questions similar to those on the test you will be taking, making sure you have the basics down is very important.

Each preparation pack on this page includes hundreds of test-accurate practice questions.

With detailed solutions and tips for each one, you are guaranteed to improve your chance of passing by practicing!


Is the Corrections Exam a Civil Service Exam?

The Corrections Officer Exam is a civil service exam. The Department of Civil Service administers the exam for those interested in becoming a correctional officer. The correctional officer exam is the same as the detention officer test. This is the most crucial phase of the correctional officer hiring procedure, as the results of the Corrections Officer Test directly determine whether or not you will proceed in the employment process.

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How to Become a Corrections Officer

The corrections exam is just one part of the process of becoming a corrections officer. Before taking the exam and submitting an application, you must meet certain requirements. If you meet all of the requirements you can then start to prepare for the exam. Here is a list of Correctional Officer Requirements:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be at least 18 years old by the date of the exam (21 in some states)
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED equivalency
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Have a clean criminal record (no previous felony convictions)
  • Be able to pass the pre-employment screening process and written test
  • Be able to attend a Correctional Officer training course

Prepare For Your Correctional Officer Exam

Alexander Graham Bell once said that “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”  We can prepare you for popular corrections exams that your state requires you to take with our practice packs. Our packs were custom-made to make it feel like you are taking the actual exam. We prepare you by providing test content and structure so that you can become familiar with the exam. Our Correction Officer All-Inclusive Practice Pack gives you the tools to succeed on the correction officer test. The Correctional Officer Test Preparation Package will prepare you for all of the following positions as well: Federal Correctional Officer, Juvenile Corrections officer and Youth Correctional Officer.

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