Los Angeles County Corrections Officer Test

Correctional officers working inside the Los Angeles County jail are there to maintain constant supervision over sometimes violent offenders. The question remains why would any person want to work inside a correctional facility where inmates are vying to take advantage of you anytime the opportunity presents itself.

Although I cannot answer for every correctional officer in the country, but my biggest guest is the pay, health insurance and career growth are just too tempting. Many jailers will tell you that the reward out weighs the risk, and I tend to believe that. The numbers of correctional officers that are actually injured while on duty is very minimal.


The format for the correctional officer test (also known as the deputy sheriff exam or jailer’s exam) is structured pretty much the same as any other civil service examination for CO’s. You’ll likely be tested in the following sections…

Memory Recognization -The memory and observation portion assesses a candidate’s ability to observe and recall information. Test takers study images or verbal descriptions of a crime scene, prison scene or other events. After a short time, the test administrator removes the material and asks them to recall particular details.

Judgment and Reasoning – The situational reasoning section evaluates a candidate’s ability to analyze a given scenario and identify the appropriate regulation for it. Test takers read a set of facts or narrative account of a typical event that occurs in a correctional setting and determine which set of rules, regulations or directives apply.

Reading Comprehension – Reading comprehension determines how well a candidate can extract information from a written passage. Test takers read a selection of text and answer a set of questions, the answers being embedded in the text. They do not need independent knowledge of the subject matter.

Verbal reasoning tests a candidate’s ability to organize and present written material. Some questions will have test takers read a paragraph and then choose the best of several restatements of that paragraph. Other questions will consist of short paragraphs with their sentences out of order, which test takers must arrange in the correct order.

That is just some of the sections that you’ll likely see on the jailer’s test. If you to review sample test questions before you take the test click here.