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FBAT: About the Test

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There are two separate and distinct FBAT Exams. The LEBAT is designed for those individuals wishing to enter the field of Law Enforcement and the COBAT is designed for those individuals wishing to enter the field of Corrections.

Deductive Reasoning

This is the ability to apply rules to specific problems to come up with logical answers.  This ability involves applying general rules to specific problems.

You would use this ability when applying Florida Statues or Florida Manual on Jail Standards, policies and procedures to specific situations.  Example: under what conditions to make an arrest or the proper use of force, in deciding which route to take when taking into account time and geography.

Inductive Reasoning

The ability to combine separate pieces of information, or specific answers to problems to form general rules or conclusion. It involves the ability to think of possible reason why things go together, such as giving a logical explanation for a series of events that seem unrelated.

You would use this ability when performing any type of investigation to conclude that rules or laws have been violated.

Information Ordering

The ability to correctly follow a rule or set of rules in order to arrange things or actions in a certain order.  The rules must be given.  The things or actions must be put in order and can include numbers, letters, words, pictures, procedures, sentences and logical operations.You would use this ability when making an arrest/issuing a warrant or transporting prisoners, conducting fire drills.  It is also used in applying first aid, following a checkout procedure in operating equipment, arranging sentences in a meaningful paragraph.


This is the ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures and procedures.You would use this ability to remember the important information presented in the Florida Statues, legal bulletins, shift briefings, BOLOs remembering new names, faces, codes, telephone numbers, geographic locations, documents and long lists.

Problem Sensitivity

This is the ability to tell if something is wrong or likely to go wrong.You would use this ability when patrolling or interacting with individuals where you have to  judge whether or not  a situation is going to deteriorate or get worse.  It could involve recognizing the symptoms of a physical problem requiring first aid, the likelihood that a riot or other type of disturbance may occur.  It could also involve judging the accuracy of data received.

Spatial Orientation

Ability to tell where you are in relation to the location of some objects, or to tell where the object is in relation to you.  It involves maintaining directional orientation in one’s bearings with respect to the points of a compass.  The ability allows one to stay oriented in a vehicle as it changes direction and location.You would use this ability when out in the community patrolling and a call comes in that you must attend to.  You must visualize where you are in relation to where you are going to be able to get there.

Written Comprehension

Involves reading and understanding written words and sentences.
You would use this ability when reading legal bulletins, Florida Statutes, ordinances, policies and procedures.

Written Expression

Involves writing words and sentences so others will understand.
You would use this ability when it is necessary to write incident/use of force/discipline reports, memos, affidavits or narratives.

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