Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT)

At a Glance

Hours Available

All assessment centers are closed on college-wide holidays.

Assessment offices close at 5pm Dec 17-20

Winter Park closed 8am-12pm on January 4
Walk-in basis at East, West, and Osceola campuses (view Note below)
Mon-Thurs: 8am - 3pm
Friday: 9am - 2pm

Note: Offered on the Lake Nona, Poinciana, Winter Park Campuses by appointment only.

Test Fees

Valencia Student- $40 per test

Non-Valencia Student- $50

Valencia's Payment Method

Retake Wait Period

No wait period
May only take 3 times within 12 months.

Time Required

2 hours, 30 minutes

Technical difficulties inherent with the internet, software or transmission may occur during your testing experience and are unpredictable. If unexpected technical difficulties occur, Proctors will make every attempt to promptly resume your assessment. Extended delays in testing may require rescheduling.


About the CJBAT

The CJBAT was developed to insure that trainees entering the Florida certified criminal justice training centers possess the requisite abilities to master the curricula and understand the materials that are presented to them in training.

View Florida Department of Law Enforcement website here.

Valencia offers the CJBAT in two criminal justice disciplines: Law Enforcement and Corrections. The CJBAT series of exams were designed to select candidates for admission into law enforcement officer or correctional officer training. Each of the tests includes a measure of the same basic abilities, but they are customized for each criminal justice discipline.

  • The CJBAT will assess your skills in the following areas:
    • Deductive Reasoning - the ability to apply rules to specific problems to come up with logical answers
    • Inductive Reasoning - the ability to combine separate pieces of information, or specific answers to problems to form general rules or conclusions
    • Information Ordering - the ability to correctly follow a rule or set of rules in order to arrange things or actions in a certain order
    • Memorization - the ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures and procedures
    • Problem Sensitivity - the ability to tell if something is wrong or likely to go wrong
    • Spatial Orientation - the ability to tell where you are in relation to the location of some objects
    • Written Comprehension - involves reading & understanding written words and sentences
    • Written Expression - ability to write a paragraph using proper grammar and spelling
  • The CJBAT is a timed test - you will have 2 ½ hours to complete it.
  • Passing Scores are as follows:
    • IOS produces a pass / fail report for both the CJBAT - LEO and CJBAT - CO examinations. Numeric scores are not available on any CJBAT reports. Please contact IOS at 708-410-0200 to speak with one of our representatives for more information, or you may contact the FDLE directly for more information regarding this policy change.

For a CJBAT Study Guide call 1-708-410-0200, or visit or


Taking the CJBAT

Taking the CJBAT- Corrections or Law Enforcement

    1. All candidates applying for the Criminal Justice Institute must have an active application on file and have paid the $35 application fee. Applications take 3-5 business days to process. Non-Valencia applicants may start at step 4.

**Non-Valencia applicants may start at step 4.
  1. Wait to receive an email or letter of acceptance with an explanation on your next steps - Assessments and New Student Orientation. Note: You do not need to be enrolled in courses to take the CJBAT, however your application must be active in our system.
  2. Create an Atlas account
  3. Come to the Assessment Center on any campus with a government issued photo ID to obtain a Business Office Referral Form to pay the testing fee. Appointment required for Lake Nona, Winter Park and Poinciana Campuses.
  4. Pay the fee in the Business Office. Valencia College East, West, Osceola and Lake Nona accepts cash, money order, checks, American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. Checks must be made payable to Valencia College and all credit cards must be signed by the card holder or they will not be accepted if paying in person. Winter Park and Poinciana are cash only options.
  5. Return with proof of payment to the Assessment Center.
  6. Take the CJBAT.
  7. Results will be printed and given to you immediately after testing.


CJBAT Testing Policies

  • All candidates applying for the Criminal Justice Institute must have an active application on file and have paid the $35 application fee. Applications take 3-5 business days to process.
  • Testing candidates are required to follow the assessment lab Testing Rules.
  • Any infraction of the rules will be considered cheating, and you will be dismissed from the test.
  • You will receive your scores at the completion of testing.
  • Test fee must be paid prior to each administration.
  • Candidates may not retake the same form within a 6 month period. In addition, candidates will be restricted to taking three (3) CJBAT attempts within a 12 month period.
  • For a CJBAT Study Guide call 1-708-410-0200, or visit or
  • Agency sponsored candidates will need a letter of authorization from the Criminal Justice Institute (407-582-8200) in order to be permitted to test.
  • For additional information about the test, visit the test developer's website at
  • Florida Statute 943.17



Do I have to pay each time I test?

Yes, there is a $40 fee for each time you take the test for Valencia students and $50 fee each time for Non-Valencia students.

Is there a dress code?

There is no dress code to take the CJBAT at Valencia. We recommend you dress comfortably in a manner that is acceptable on a college campus.

When do I get my scores?

Your score report will be available immediately after the test.