Criminal Justice – Basic Abilities Test (CJ-BAT)


The Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) has adopted a single BAT program necessitating the testing, currently performed by PASS, be transferred to the St. Petersburg College Allstate Center (SPCAC). PASS will continue to offer the remaining BAT dates of 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6 and 8/13. Applicants/Students endeavoring to take the BAT after 8/13 should contact SPCAC directly at 727-614-7263, 727-341-4760.

The CJBAT is sometimes referred to as BAT or FBAT.

PASS provides the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) for law enforcement and Corrections applicants. PASS administers these tests and reports scores to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. For information on the CJBAT test you may visit the FDLE website or obtain a study guide directly from the test vendor, Morris and McDaniel, Inc.


The fee is $75 payable by money order only to the Pinellas Police Standards Council. The CJBAT fee is included within the PASS fee for Law Enforcement and Corrections Academy applicants, which is $250. Fees are nonrefundable.

Test Date and Site Information:

The CJBAT is offered every Tuesday (excluding holidays) at the PASS Office. Additional tests will be given as needed.

Because space is limited, advance registration is required to secure a test date and seat assignment. NO WALK-INS WILL BE ADMITTED. Please contact Staff Assistant Jen Chen at email to schedule your CJBAT test date.  If you are not able to attend the test as scheduled, please call us ASAP to cancel so we can make space available to other applicants.

You must be present no later than 7:20 a.m. on the morning you are scheduled for testing and identify yourself by means of government issued photo identification, such as a driver license. Testing starts at 7:30 a.m. and will end by 11:30 a.m. You may leave sooner if you are finished with the test.

Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) Frequently Asked Questions:

How long are test results good for?

The test results are valid for four (4) years from the date of testing.

What is the passing score?

Pass or Fail there will be no scores provided.

How many times can you retake?

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?

Each CJBAT test consists of one hundred (112/113) multiple-choice questions.

Is it computer or paper and pencil?

The test is given by paper and pencil at our facility.

What is the test about?

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

How will I recieve my Test Score?

The CJ-BAT is scored by the test publisher. The official results are then reported to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), where they are entered in the Automated Training Management System (ATMS), which is available to all training centers and law enforcement or corrections employers throughout the state.

PASS will e-mail your test result (Pass/Fail) to you when we receive it from the test publisher. The e-mail notification of test scores usually occurs within one week of the testing date but please check with the PASS Staff if you are committed to any employment deadline. The PASS staff will work with you and the test vendor to communicate whether or not the CJBAT deadline date can accomplished.   

Will there ever be evening or weekend tests?


Additional tests will be scheduled if determined necessary by the Police Applicant Screening Service. Check the website frequently for announcements and changes.