If you want the challenge and fulfillment of becoming a police officer in Florida, you will first have to pass the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT). It is a single standard test administered by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).
The CJBAT is a rigorous test program and applicants should prepare beforehand.
Learn how to pass the test with flying colors and embark on a rewarding career as a Florida police officer. Begin today with Prepterminal’s all-inclusive CJBAT study guide and free CJBAT Practice Test.
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A surveillance process was conducted by a police officer. An excerpt of the report is shown below.
Reporting Officer: Edward Gray
Date of Report: 12th June 2019
I am a surveillance trained officer within the Specialist Crime Directorate, attached to New Scotland Yard. On Monday 17th April 2019 I was engaged in a surveillance operation with other officers.
At 2.18 pm I was aware that the vehicle WU82CXL had driven past B&Q up towards the dead-end of Kingston Road. This part of the road was residential on one side and industrial on the other side. There were parked vehicles on either side of the road leading up to a dead end. I saw a male in a red T-shirt carrying a blue bag walk towards the driver’s side of a white Mercedes. This vehicle was the only one parked in the dead-end of the road facing back down the road towards B&Q and the round-about. I was approximately fifty yards away from the vehicle and had parked vehicles blocking my vision on occasions. This slight obstruction meant that as I walked towards the vehicle I lost sight of the man in the red T-shirt briefly.
I next saw this male getting into the driver’s seat of the vehicle of white Mercedes and the vehicle drove towards me holding the center of the road. The vehicle drove past me towards the roundabout and I was able to see there was a female in the passenger seat and the male in the white T-shirt was driving.
I was able to see the index of the vehicle at this time as BK37CMP and informed others involved in the surveillance of the registration as the vehicle drove away from me and out of my sight.
Answer questions 6 through 10 solely on the basis of the following passage.
The index of the white Mercedes surveilled by the police is
The surveillance process written in the text took place on
According to the text, Kingston Road leads to a …………………………
Which statement is correct about the white Mercedes?
In the following question you will be presented with a street map. Any arrows found on streets indicate the only direction that traffic is allowed to travel along said street.
A car heads South on 6th Avenue until reaching the Police Station on its left. It then continues on this road until taking the second turning on the left. It heads East on this road until taking the second right turning. It then continues on this road until reaching the crossroads. Which building is the car now closest to?
A taxi leaves the City Hall on the Southside and enters Trade Street. It follows its left on here until turning right at the first available point. It then continues on this road until taking two rights whenever possible. Which direction is the taxi now facing?
You are assigned to an area that is known to be high-crime and poverty-stricken. Following a sudden fierce snowstorm, you notice that a BMW has been parked in an alleyway for more than three days now. With this in mind, the best way to respond to seeing this vehicle is to…
Which of the following locations are more likely to experience crime?
If a civilian comes up to you and asks directions to somewhere you don’t know as well, the most appropriate response is to…
The CJBAT exam is available to be taken via paper and pencil or with a computer and features 97 multiple-choice questions that the applicant will have one and a half hours to finish.
The CJBAT tests for minimum abilities in six topic areas.
The CJBAT is made up of three parts:
Part I: Behavioral attributes
Part II: Memorization
Part III: Written comprehension, deductive reasoning, written expression, and inductive reasoning
This part assesses job-related behavioral skills to see how successful the candidate would be as a law enforcement or correctional officer. This part features 47 questions and needs to be completed in 20 minutes.
This part assesses the test-takers ability to memorize. They will be shown images, and will then be questioned on what they can recall from those images. This part features 10 items. The test-taker will be shown each item for 1 minute and will have 1 minute and 30 seconds to answer the questions about that specific image.
This part assesses the applicant’s cognitive skills. They will have 1 hour to complete 40 questions that measure their written expression, written comprehension, and indicative and deductive reasoning.
Applicants will need to get a score of 70% correct or better to achieve a passing score on the CJBAT test. Furthermore, applicants must respond to 30 of the 50 questions or more, in Parts II and III to pass. An applicant’s CJBAT score remains valid for 4 years.
Let’s now take a closer look at the six topic areas of the CJBAT test:
This will test the applicant’s ability to read and understand words and sentences. This is particularly useful when reading policies, procedures, legal bulletins, and ordinances. The applicant will read a passage and then answer a set of multiple-choice questions.
This is to test the applicant’s ability to write in such a way that is clear and easy to understand. This is a necessary skill when writing reports, narratives, and affidavits. The test involves skills in spelling, grammar, and proper choice of words to complete sentences.
In this section, the applicant’s ability to recall details is assessed. The applicant will have two minutes to study a picture, then answer a set of questions after the picture is taken away.
This part of the exam tests the applicant’s ability to apply implementing policies to specific situations to have logical solutions. The applicant will read the information on correctional policies or law enforcement. From there, analyze a situation and implement the best action to take.
This will test the applicant’s ability to draw conclusions based on pieces of information gathered. In this part of the exam, the applicant will analyze certain information such as charts or graphs, and predict or form conclusions based on trends. The applicant will also be asked to conclude strategies that were successful or otherwise.
Personal Characteristics/Behavioral Attributes
This will examine the applicant’s behavioral attributes to determine if they have the desired personal characteristics to work as an employee in Florida as a correctional or sworn law enforcement officer.
Currently, the passing score for the CJBAT test is 70%. In case the applicant does not pass they can retake the test up to three times within 12 months. However, there needs to be a waiting period of at least six (6) months in between. If you wish to have a real chance at getting it right the first time, it is vital to prepare thoroughly and effectively.
The CJBAT test is, without a doubt, one of the more difficult and challenging police exams in the U.S. As a result, you shouldn’t take any chances by taking the exam unprepared.
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