Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Testing Services (CJBAT)

The Brevard Police Testing Center (BPTC) provides the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) for Corrections, law enforcement academy applicants and for applicants to state law enforcement agencies (GFC, DOT, etc.). BPTC administers these tests and reports scores to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

For more information about the Basic Abilities Test, visit the FDLE website and you can get a study guide directly from the test vendor, Morris and McDaniel, Inc.

How to Register for the CJBAT

Download, fill out and then print the registration form. Also, print and sign a copy of the FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) form. Bring both printed forms along with the $75 fee (money orders only; payable to BPTC) to the BPTC office in the Public Safety Institute, Building 8, on the Melbourne Campus. Fees are nonrefundable.

Appointments are no longer necessary. You can stop by for testing Monday through Thursday (except holidays), at 8 AM or 1 PM. Forms also are available at the BPTC when you come for testing.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the test cost?

The fee is $75 payable by money order only to the Brevard Police Testing Center. The test fee is not included in the screening fee for Law Enforcement Academy applicants, which is $500. Fees are nonrefundable.

Where is the test given?

The test is given at the Eastern Florida State College Melbourne Campus Public Safety Institute, Building 8. 

What can I bring with me?

Bring ONLY a government-issued photo ID. No cell phones, PDA or pagers will be allowed.

How long are test results valid?

The scores from tests given June of 2008 and forward will be good for four (4) years.

What is the passing score?

The passing score is 74% on tests given from October 1, 2007 on.

How many times can I retake the test?

Any applicant who does not pass the CJBAT will have the option of retesting on an alternate version. No applicant may test on the same version of the CJBAT within a six (6) month period, and no applicant may test more than three (3) times within a twelve (12) month period.

How many questions are on the test?

There are 100 multiple-choice questions.

Is the test computer-based?

The test is given by computer only.

What will I be tested on?

The CJBAT test assesses nine (9) abilities that have been determined through job analysis to be important for success as a Correctional or Law Enforcement Officer. The nine (9) abilities that are included in the Morris & McDaniel, Inc. CJBAT are:

  1. Deductive Reasoning
  2. Information Ordering
  3. Inductive Reasoning
  4. Memorization
  5. Problem Sensitivity
  6. Spatial Orientation
  7. Written Comprehension
  8. Written Expression
  9. Flexibility of Closure

Will there ever be evening or weekend tests?


Additional testing sessions will be scheduled if determined necessary by the Brevard Police Testing Center. Check the website frequently for announcements and changes.

Does the BPTC offer any other screening services for Correctional Officers?

The BPTC does not conduct background investigations, fingerprint records checks, polygraphs or psychological exams in conjunction with the Department of Corrections or the Brevard County Jail. Individuals seeking employment as a Corrections Officer must contact the specific agency where they wish to work.

Individuals seeking unsponsored admission to the Corrections Academy at Eastern Florida State College must contact Student Advisor Melissa Walker at 321-433-5637 or  for information. View Corrections Academy Information web pages.

Brevard Police Testing & Selection Center
3865 North Wickham Rd., Building 8
Melbourne, FL 32935

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