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Correctional Officer Assessments

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A correctional officer is responsible for enforcing rules and maintaining order within a prison. To qualify as a correctional officer, you will need to pass a series of psychometric tests that assess a variety of aptitudes and characteristics to determine your suitability for the role.

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Sample Correctional Officer Tests question Test your knowledge!

If a correctional officer monitors cell checks every half hour starting at 8:00 AM and ending at 8:00 PM, how many cell checks does an officer complete during a shift?

  • 24 checks
  • 16 checks
  • 30 checks
  • 32 checks

During a routine inspection, an officer finds a note suggesting that an inmate is trying to communicate with an external accomplice. What should be the officer's immediate action?

  • Report the note to a superior and document the incident.
  • Confront the inmate about the note privately.
  • Ignore the note as it might be a false alarm.
  • Place the inmate in solitary confinement as a precaution.

An officer hears a group of inmates discussing a potential conflict with another group. What is the most logical step for the officer to take next?

  • Increase surveillance on both groups to prevent any incidents.
  • Ignore the conversation as it may not lead to actual conflict.
  • Isolate one member from each group to gather more information.
  • Immediately lockdown the entire facility without further investigation.

You are given a series of events and asked to find a pattern. Event A always occurs before event B. Event B never happens on the same day as event C. If event C happened on Wednesday, which statement must be true?

  • Event A occurred on Tuesday.
  • Event B did not occur on Wednesday.
  • Event B also happened on Wednesday.
  • Event A and B both occurred on Tuesday.

An officer is reviewing inmate population statistics. If the number of inmates increased by 15% last month and the current population is 1,150, what was the population at the beginning of last month?

  • 1,000 inmates
  • 1,015 inmates
  • 1,050 inmates
  • 1,135 inmates

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Correctional Officer Tests Tips

1Get Familiar with Various Test Formats

Correctional officer exams can come in many formats, and getting comfortable with the structure of these tests is essential. Spend some time on Practice Aptitude Tests to experience the types of questions you’ll encounter. Familiarity with the question types will help you to be less anxious on test day and navigate through the questions with confidence.

2Understand the Role Inside Out

Knowing what a correctional officer does daily helps you align your mind with the skills being assessed. Review the job description and duties to better understand the context of the psychometric evaluations. This way, you’re not just answering questions; you’re demonstrating your aptitude in relevant scenarios.

3Work on Your Time Management

Often, these tests are timed, putting you under pressure to perform quickly. Through Practice Aptitude Tests, you can simulate the exam environment and get a feel for the pacing required. Work on answering questions more quickly while maintaining accuracy, as this will be key during the actual assessment.

4Stay Calm and Mentally Prepared

Stress can hamper performance, so it’s important to keep your cool during the exam. Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or positive visualizations before starting your tests on Practice Aptitude Tests, and especially before the real deal. Being mentally prepared can make a significant difference.

5Review and Reflect on Practice Sessions

After you take practice tests, take the time to go over your answers. Reflect on what you got wrong and why. Understanding your mistakes is a powerful learning tool. On Practice Aptitude Tests, you can track your progress and hone in on areas that need improvement before the actual career exam.

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Correctional Officer Tests FAQs

What is on a correctional officer test?

The content will vary depending on which test you are taking. Some common topics include: reading comprehension, written expression, basic mathematics, job-specific knowledge, memorization and recall, deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, and spatial orientation.

What is a good score on the correctional officer test?

To pass the correctional officer test, most States need a score of 70% or higher. Typically, the higher you score the more likely you are to successfully complete the recruitment process and land a job in a correctional facility.

Which correctional officer test will I take?

The correctional officer test you take will depend on the State you apply in. The State may have its own exam or use an assessment company to provide one. You can find out more about the test you will be taking by getting in touch with your local justice department.

How difficult is the correctional officer exam?

The correctional officer test is challenging as it covers a wide range of areas. Only 3 to 4 percent of applicants typically pass it. If you do pass the test, your score will also be compared to other candidates, making competition fierce.

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What our customers say about our Correctional Officer tests

  • New Zealand

    August 03, 2023

    Very challenging

    I like the test. It really challenged my compression skills. Helps me spend more time on the readings before answering the questions.

  • March 31, 2023

    Really Good!

    It's my first time taking this kind of test and it's really good to practice how you should react in different scenarios.

  • South Africa

    March 31, 2023


    I liked the fact they gave me many options that I can choose from and I dislike the fact that I was given little time.

  • United States of America

    February 09, 2023

    understanding the questioning

    The test helps you warm up your mindset. Also, it helps you make your thinking and mindset work a lot better

  • United States of America

    February 04, 2023

    Summarize the question when you read

    I felt a lot of pressure as far as time spent on each answer I could do better at summarizing the questions after I read it once.

  • United States of America

    January 24, 2023

    Your focus and duties

    I like the way it teaches how important it is too aide others but also remain focused on the task at hand.

  • United States of America

    November 17, 2022


    It’s a good test, that provides a lot of different situations and scenarios to get the reader/tester to grasp the situation to make a decisive decision.

  • United States of America

    November 02, 2022

    Not so bad

    I would say, think about how you would want to be treated or have your family treated when answering these questions.

  • United States of America

    October 19, 2022


    The slight differences in the answers made you pay more attention. It made it more challenging. I liked that aspect of it.

  • United States of America

    July 04, 2022

    Unique approach

    The test was a different format than I had seen before but it is good to see what a person prioritizes most