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Sample Correctional Officer Pre-Employment Test Questions

Situational Reasoning

Instructions: Read each passage carefully and then answer the two multiple choice questions that follow.

Situation 1 : You are a correctional officer assigned to a cellblock. You have been assigned to this cellblock several times, and one of the offenders in the cellblock seems to never violate any of the rules and always does what he is asked to do. He has a good reputation as not being a troublemaker and has a good daytime assignment that could be taken away if he was to violate a rule. One day he asks if you would take and mail a letter that he has written to his mother, who is dying of cancer and whom he has not seen since he was incarcerated five years ago. You should first:

a. Leave your duty post without permission and without back-up so you can immediately inform the supervisor on duty of the request.

b. Refuse to take the letter.

c. Take the letter and promise the offender that you will mail it, but really plan on giving it to your supervisor instead.

d. Counsel the offender on why he should not make such a request because you do not want to see him lose his assignment.

5. Which of the above options is the most preferred?

a.

b.

c.

d.

6. Which of the above options is the least preferred?

a.

b.

c.

d.

Situation 2: You are a correctional officer assigned to the supply warehouse. You are responsible for offenders who work in the warehouse. There are other non-correctional employees who also work in the warehouse. One day you notice that an employee who has only worked there for two days returns from his lunch hour and sneaks what appears to be a sack lunch from a local fast-food place to an offender. You should first:

a. Immediately notify your supervisor.

b. Tell the offender to give you the sack.

c. Tell the employee that this is against the rules.

d. Watch the offender to see what he will pull out of the sack.

7. Which of the above options is the most preferred?

a.

b.

c.

d.

8. Which of the above options is the least preferred?

a.

b.

c.

d.

 

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