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The Basic Abilities Test Application and Exam Dates

In 2000, the Florida Legislature passed House Bill 1481 requiring all applicants entering into a criminal justice basic recruit training program for law enforcement and correctional officers to pass a Basic Abilities Test (BAT)

The BAT measures an applicant’s ability and likelihood of success in learning the essential job duties and responsibilities of a law enforcement or correctional officer.  For example, the BAT measures written expression, oral comprehension, selective attention, visualization, inductive and deductive reasoning.

The BAT is a multiple-choice written examination consisting of 104 questions.  The BAT takes approximately 90 minutes to complete.

The minimum passing score on the BAT is 71 for a law enforcement officer applicant and 77 for a correctional officer applicant.  A passing score is valid four years from the date of the test. 

Applicants may take the BAT up to three (3) times in each discipline (law enforcement or corrections) during any twelve-month period.  

Test Registration 

Applicants must pre-register for the test. 

To register, applicants must complete these steps: 

1.  Select a test date and time

2.  Complete the registration form

3.  Return the registration form to the Limited Access Admissions Office by:  

    • emailing it to the attention of Ms. Yvonne Arline yarline@hccfl.edu   
    • faxing it to the attention of Ms. Yvonne Arline(813)253-7973
    • mailing it to the attention of Ms. Yvonne Arline at Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City Campus, 2112 N. 15th Street, Tampa, FL 33605 

4.  Bring payment to the test site.  The fee is $40 per test administration.  Applicants must pay by personal check or money order made payable to Hillsborough Community CollegeCash/Debit/Credit cards cannot be accepted at the test site.


If you are more than 10 minutes late you will not be allowed to enter the testing lab and will be required to reschedule the test.  NO EXCEPTIONS!



2019 FBAT Calendar
  1/4/19  9 9:00AM   7/12/19 9:00 AM  
  1/9/19     6:00 PM   7/20/19 9:00 AM  
  1/14/19     6:00PM   7/24/19 6:00 PM  
  1/26/19     9:00 AM   7/29/19 6:00 PM  
  2/1/19     9:00AM   8/2/19 9:00 AM  
  2/6/19     6:00PM   8/10/19 9:00 AM  
  2/11/19     6:00 PM   8/14/19 6:00 PM  
  2/23/19     9:00 AM   8/19/19 6:00 PM  
  3/1/19     9:00 AM   9/6/19 9:00 AM  
  3/6/19 6:00 PM   9/14/19 9:00 AM  
  3/25/19 6:00 PM   9/18/19 6:00 PM  
  3/30/19 9:00 AM   9/23/19 6:00 PM  
  4/5/19 9:00 AM   10/4/19 9:00 AM  
  4/13/19 9:00 AM   10/12/19 9:00 AM  
  4/17/19 6:00 PM   10/16/19     6:00 PM  
  4/29/19 6:00 PM   10/21/19     6:00 PM  
  5/3/19     9:00AM   11/1/19 9:00 AM  
  5/11/19     9:00 AM   11/6/19     6:00 PM  
  5/15/19     6:00 PM   11/16/19     9:00 AM  
  5/20/19     6:00 PM   11/18/19     6:00 PM  
  6/7/19     9:00 AM   12/6/19     9:00 AM  
  6/15/19     9:00 AM   12/14/19     9:00 AM  
  6/19/19     6:00 PM   12/16/19     6:00 PM  
  6/24/19     6:00 PM    

Test Fee


The fee is $40 per test administration.  Payment is due at the time of testing.


Applicants must pay by check or money order made payable to Hillsborough Community College.  Cash/Debit/Credit Cards cannot be accepted for payment.  Please write your Driver License Number on your check.



Test Location


The BAT is administered at


                              Hillsborough Community College

                                          Ybor City Campus

            Public Service Technology (PST) Building, Room 236

           2002 N. 17th Street (corner of 17th Street and 9th Ave)

                                           Tampa, FL 33605


Map of the Ybor City Campus

Parking Information:  /yc/parking-guidelines.aspx



Additional Information


The Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission selected three companies to design the BAT.  Those three companies are I/O Solutions, Morris & McDaniel and Miami Dade College. 


The BAT must be administered in Florida by a state-certified criminal training school, criminal justice selection center, or criminal justice agency.   Hillsborough Community College uses the Florida Basic Abilities Test (FBAT) designed by Miami Dade College.   


Applicants may purchase an optional study guide from Miami Dade College by clicking on the link




Americans with Disabilities Accommodations


Requests for accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 shall be governed by subsection 11B-30.0071(4), F.A.C. Determinations as to eligibility for accommodations shall be made on a case-by-case basis.


Applicants wishing ADA accommodations must self-identify and provide appropriate documentation of their disability to the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities. Students should contact an HCC coordinator of services for students with disabilities to discuss documentation guidelines. Click on the link to contact a HCC coordinator /ssem/disabilities.aspx



Contact Us


For additional information, please contact Ms. Yvonne Arline in the Limited Access Admissions Office at yarline@hccfl.edu or 813-259-6462.