Massachusetts Correctional Officer Exam Prep

Massachusetts Correctional Officer

Becoming a correctional officer with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires a variety of skills and abilities not easily measured during an interview alone. JobTestPrep offers comprehensive correction officer exam practice tests, study guides, and more.

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Correctional Officer Recruitment Process

There are several steps to becoming a corrections officer in the state of Massachusetts. To ensure that you meet all the prerequisites for the corrections officer recruitment process, you should prepare for the following:

Employment Exam: Before you can be considered to come in for an interview, you will first need to take and pass the Massachusetts Correctional Officer Exam.

You will be able to apply to take this test by visiting the Massachusetts Civil Service website. The closer you apply to the examination application deadline, the higher the fee for the test will be.

Once you have passed the Massachusetts Correctional Officer Exam and have signed the Certification List you will need to prepare for the additional steps in the recruitment process.

You will be required to:
  • Pass a criminal history background check.
  • Pass a Cooper Standards physical fitness test.
  • Pass one or more psychological tests.
  • Pass a drug screening.
  • Pass the correctional officer training program.

Interview Process Documentation

Passing the pre-employment correctional officer entrance exam will give you the ability to move on to the interview process.

On the day of your interview you should be able to provide copies of the following documents:
  • Two (2) completed employment application forms (one original and one copy).
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • Your birth certificate.
  • Any professional certified licenses (if relevant).
  • Your high school diploma, or official high school transcript, or GED.
  • Your college degrees or official college transcripts.
  • Your social security card.
  • DD 214 Long Form (if you are in the military).
  • Your citizenship paperwork or naturalization paperwork (if relevant).
  • Any court documents stating that outstanding warrants are closed (if relevant).

During your interviews with the Massachusetts Department of Correction, you will be asked a variety of questions pertaining to your resume and previous working history to more behavioral and situational questions. The behavioral and scenario questions have been designed to evaluate how you will respond to real-world on-the-job situations that are likely to arise within a prison setting.

MA Department of Correction Entry-Level Exam

The correctional officer MA exam will consist of 80 multiple-choice questions. You will be given 3 hours to complete the test.

The purpose of the written exam is to ensure that you possess specific qualities and skills necessary for working as a correctional officer in the state of Massachusetts. There are six (6) ability areas covered during the Massachusetts Correctional Officer Test. The six test areas include:

  • Gathering information
  • Writing concisely and accurately
  • Reading, understanding, explaining, and applying information (laws, rules, etc.)
  • Working accurately with names, numbers, codes and/or symbols
  • Analyzing and determining the applicability of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Maintaining accurate records


Scoring high in each of these areas on the written test will better your chances of landing one of the available Massachusetts Department of Corrections jobs being advertised. Our exclusive Massachusetts Department of Corrections-style preparation materials were designed to help to facilitate your learning process and improve your test scores.


About the Massachusetts Department of Correction

Headquartered in Milford, the Massachusetts Department of Correction was established in 1919. The Massachusetts DOC is the largest law enforcement body in the state currently overseeing 16 facilities and employing 5,200 people.

The mission of the Massachusetts DOC is to provide public safety for the communities it serves and while also providing opportunities for offenders to participate in programs designed to reduce recidivism.

Training to Become a Correctional Officer in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Correctional Officer training process will take place at the Shirley Correctional Complex-Training Academy.

The correctional officer training program will be paramilitary in nature and consist of learning the policies and procedures of the DOC, self-defense, usage of firearms, appropriate techniques for handcuffing and restraining offenders, appropriate emergency vehicle operations, suicide prevention, security operations, and much more.

The MDOC correctional officer training program will last 10+ weeks.

Being a Correctional Officer

There are many skills and qualities that make up the perfect correctional officer. The qualities of effective correctional officers often possess include:

  • Strong communication skills;
  • observational skills;
  • responsiveness to situations needing immediate attention;
  • physical fitness;
  • impartiality.

Strong interpersonal skills will be necessary in keeping a favorable rapport between yourself and the inmates, as well as helping to keep the peace whenever and wherever you happen to be assigned.

MA Correctional Officer Job Responsibilities

The Massachusetts correctional officer job description details each of the duties that you may or will be performing on any given day for this role. The duties you may be asked to perform on the job include but aren’t limited to:

  • Patrolling facilities
  • Inmate head counts & security checks
  • Monitoring the movements & whereabouts of inmates
  • Maintaining order by guarding & directing inmates to & from work assignments
  • Preventing disturbances, violence, escapes, or other crises
  • Preparing monthly evaluation reports on inmates
  • Serving food to inmates
  • Etc.

The combination of the written examination and training processes will give insight into your suitability for a correctional officer position.

Where Can I Apply to Be a Correctional Officer?

There are many places where you will be able to apply your correctional officer skills in the state of Massachusetts.

The jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts DOC spans over a dozen prison complexes and detention centers so, you are likely to find an opening at one of these facilities.

Completed applications can be submitted upon completion of the written examination process during the initial personal interview.

Massachusetts State Correctional Facilities
Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center Massachusetts Correctional Institution - Cedar Junction
Old Colony Correctional Center Bridgewater State Hospital
Massachusetts Correctional Institution - Concord Massachusetts Treatment Center
Massachusetts Correctional Institution - Norfolk North Central Correctional Institution
Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Correctional Unit Massachusetts Correctional Institution - Framingham
Massachusetts Alcohol, Substance Abuse Center Massachusetts Correctional Institution - Shirley
Massachusetts Correctional Institution - Plymouth Boston Pre-Release Center
Northeastern Correctional Center Pondville Correctional Center
South Middlesex Correctional Center


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