About

The FBAT measures the cognitive abilities necessary for employment success as officers in the criminal justice system. The Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT), an offshoot of FBAT, was developed as a screening device for the hiring process of applicants in the fields of law enforcement and corrections.

In keeping with most pre-employment tests, passing the Florida State Police Officer exam is a requirement for continuing on in the application process. The FBAT reflects the minimum abilities necessary for participation in Florida Commission-Certified Training Centers, as well as for employment as a law enforcement officer in the state of Florida.

Miami Dade FBAT was developed by Miami Dade College to standardize the quality of Florida police officers. If you are located in the city of Miami, the Miami police exam that you will take is the FBAT, as it is uniformly used throughout the state of Florida.


Florida Police Officer Exam Format

Questions on the FBAT are exclusively multiple choice. The exam can be taken in either paper & pencil or a computer-based format. You have 2.5 hours to complete the 120 questions on this police test.


Test Content

Three primary sections comprise the FBAT: language, visualization, and reasoning ability.

Language

The two competencies measured within the Language portion of the test are:

  • Written Comprehension – This FBAT subsection assesses a candidate's ability to understand what he or she is reading. You can expect to use reading comprehension as a police officer in deciphering legal bulletins, policies, Florida statutes, city ordinances, and law enforcement procedures.
  • Written Expression – Police officers put this ability to use in reports, narratives, memos, and affidavits. Questions on this subsection focus on spelling and grammar. You may encounter incomplete sentences for which you must choose the correct word from four alternatives.

Visualization

Mental imaging ability is tested through two very different skills:

  • Spatial Orientation– The questions concern your ability to use a map, layouתt and compass in order to determine: a) the shortest/quickest route from the current position of your patrol car to the scene of a crime or accident or b) where one object is in relation to a second object.
  • Memorization – You are given a few minutes to study and memorize a photo or a text. Later you are asked to answer several questions regarding the subject matter that you viewed.

Reasoning Ability

There are four skills addressed in the Reasoning section:

  • Problem Sensitivity – This subsection assesses your ability to judge whether or not a situation is likely to erupt or deteriorate. You may have to decide whether medical symptoms rise to the occasion of an emergency requiring immediate action or to judge the accuracy of received data.
  • Deductive Reasoning – This skill is defined as the use of a rule to classify particulars, such as a law that determines the criminality of an action. Police officers use this type of reasoning to utilize a rule or law as a means of deciding upon the most appropriate action to take.
  • Inductive Reasoning – The use of specifics to formulate a rule or conclusion defines the inductive reasoning subsection. Questions concerning this skill involve the use of pie graphs, bar graphs, and tables of data.
  • Information Ordering – In this subsection, you will encounter questions that require the chronological or logical sequencing of items, such as events, policies, statements by witnesses or victims, and first aid instructions.

Each of the eight subsections is comprised of 15 questions.


Scoring

FBAT is passed with a threshold score of 77%. Your score is valid for four years.


FBAT Preparation

JobTestPrep's Florida police exam preparation pack provides a variety of practice tests containing questions you are likely to encounter on the FBAT. It also includes comprehensive and constructive study guides. All of the preparation elements necessary for testing comfort and potential success are available to you at an affordable cost through JobTestPrep.


Related Links

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  • 10 Reasoning Skills drills
  • 10 Written Communications exercises
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