What is a correctional officer test?
A correctional officer is a difficult and demanding job. The correctional officer test is a psychometric assessment used by criminal justice departments to determine your suitability for a correctional officer position.
Your score on this test will decide whether you are advanced to the next stage of the recruitment process or not.
The test you take will depend on which state you are applying to be a correctional officer in. Each test will have different content, but generally, you can expect a multiple-choice test that can be completed by computer or pen and paper.
The exams are scored on a 100 point scale, with most States requiring applicants to score 70 or higher to pass. The higher you score, the more desirable you will be to both private and State corrections agencies.
Only 3 to 4 percent of all applications make it through the entire selection process, with the correction officer test the most common stage for people to fail. It is, therefore, essential that you prepare effectively for the test to maximize your chances of being successful.
What is the format of the correctional officer test?
The specific test that you take will depend on the State you are in. Common topics include:
Preparing written material
Memorization and recall
Each of these is covered in the sections that follow.
Career-specific aptitude questions will test you on your knowledge of the duties and responsibilities of a correctional officer. For example, knowledge on inmates’ rights, understanding of professional standards, and the correct responses to take in certain situations.
These questions are used to assess your understanding of your role within the correctional facility and what is expected of you.
A potential question you could expect in this section:
What are the inmate rights that corrections officials must always respect and uphold?
a) the right to remain silent and the right to be heard
b) the right to equal protection and the right to fair treatment
c) the right to due process and the right to privacy
d) all of the above
The answer is d).
Situational judgment (sometimes called situational reasoning) presents you with a series of work-related scenarios you might encounter on a day-to-day basis as a correctional officer.
The test is typically multiple choice, where you need to select the most effective response out of a list of several potential responses.
This is used to evaluate your awareness of different scenarios and your ability to choose the most effective response. You will be assessed on how well you ensure the safety of yourself and others, as well as your understanding of the rules and regulations of correctional facilities.
No prior knowledge is needed for these questions. We recommend reading the questions carefully to ensure you fully understand the scenario, and taking some time to consider each of the options.