SOCE Exam Content and Preparation

Question Development

To ensure validity, the exam questions:
  • are taken directly from the basic recruit training curriculum.
  • are written by FDLE members and external Subject Matter Experts.
  • are reviewed by Subject Matter Experts prior to inclusion on an exam.
  • are field tested until the item performs appropriately.
  • will not contain an “all of the above / none of the above” answer option.
Topic Areas for Each Discipline
 
 LAW ENFORCEMENT - FLEA
(Basic Recruit Classes or EOT Candidates)
CJK 001 Introduction to Law Enforcement
CJK 0012 Legal
CJK 0013 Interactions in a Diverse Community
CJK 0014 Interviewing & Report Writing
CJK 0064 Fundamentals of Patrol
CJK 0065 Calls for Service
CJK 0077 Criminal Investigations
CJK 0078 Crime Scene to Courtroom
CJK 0092 Critical Incidents
CJK 0087 Traffic Stops
CJK 0084 DUI Traffic Stops
CJK 0088 Traffic Crash Investigations
CJK 0020 CMS Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations
CJK 0031 CMS First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers
CJK_0040 CMS Criminal Justice Firearms
CJK 0051 CMS Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics
CJK 0422 Dart-Firing Stun Gun
 
 LAW ENFORCEMENT AUXILIARY
CJK 0023 Introduction to Law Enforcement
CJK 0024 Legal Concepts
CJK 0025 Patrol and Professional Communication
CJK 0026 Interactions in a Diverse Community
CJK 0027 Calls for Service and Arrest Procedures
CJK 0028 Traffic Stops and Crash Investigations
CJK 0029 Crime Scene and Courtroom Procedures
CJK 0020 CMS Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations
CJK 0031 CMS First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers
CJK 0040 CMS Criminal Justice Firearms
CJK 0051 CMS Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics
CJK 0422 Dart-Firing Stun Gun
 
 CORRECTIONS - FCMS
CJK 0031 CMS First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers
CJK 0040 CMS Criminal Justice Firearms
CJK 0051 CMS Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics
CJK 0300 Introduction to Corrections
CJK 0305 Communications
CJK 0310 Officer Safety
CJK 0315 Facility and Equipment
CJK 0320 Intake and Release
CJK 0325 Supervising in a Correctional Facility
CJK 0330 Supervising Special Populations
CJK 0335 Responding to Incidents and Emergencies
 
 CORRECTIONAL PROBATION – FCPO
CJK 0260 Introduction to Correctional Probation
CJK 0264 Legal Foundations for Correctional Probation
CJK 0265 Communications
CJK 0266 Intake and Orientation
CJK 0267 Caseload Management
CJK 0268 Supervision of Offenders
CJK 0269 Field Supervision
CJK 0031 CMS First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers
CJK 0051 CMS Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics
 

Field Testing

All examinations contain experimental or “field” test questions. Field test questions expand and improve the bank of questions from which future examinations will be developed. This is a common practice used by national and state examination programs and is a critical step in ensuring the continued validity of the examinations.

Field test questions will NOT be counted when computing the test score. The time allowed for testing has been evaluated to ensure that there is adequate time for completing test questions and field test questions during the allotted examination time.
 
Discipline Total # of
Questions
Graded Questions
Field Test
Questions
Correct Number
to Pass
Time Allowed
Law Enforcement – FLEA 200 190 10 152 3 hours
Law Enforcement Auxiliary 110 100 10 80 1½ hours
Corrections – CMS 200 190 10 152 3 hours
Correctional Probation – FCPO 200 190 10 156 3 hours


General Format for Examination Questions (Samples Only)

The following questions are generic and are provided only as examples of question format.

Which of the following is the most apparent sign of exposure to cutaneous anthrax?
 
A. allergic reaction
B. mental impairment
C. repeated vomiting
D. skin infection
 

Which of the following statements, regarding liability issues, is accurate?

A. If it is proven at trial that an officer committed a tort or civil rights violation as part of his/her duties, the employing agency will likely be liable for damages, either through direst liability, and/or through vicarious liability.
B. Commonly, actions taken which will cause direct liability include negligent hiring of a problem employee, negligent assignment of duties to a person who does not have the ability to perform them, or negligent retention of a problem employee, but does not include failure to train an employee.
C. Sovereign Immunity laws provide some of the most important protections for governmental agencies. These laws include lists of circumstances and requirements that must be met in order for an agency to be sued, but do not cover employees.
D. Employing agencies of any full-time law enforcement officers are required to pay the legal costs, including attorney’s fees, for any officers charged with civil or criminal actions if they occur during the performance of official duties.

In accordance with Florida Statutes, which situation describes when any person may be entitled to the restoration of all rights of citizenship enjoyed prior to a felony conviction?

A. Conditional pardon has been received from the court
B. Final release has been granted by the Department of Corrections
C. Full pardon is received from the Board of Pardons
D. Portion of two-thirds of the sentence imposed has been served
 

Which of the following are examples of legal documents requiring editing and proofreading?

A. certified probation orders
B. court handling slips
C. institutional work orders
D. treatment referrals

Fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, cough, weight loss, weakness and spitting up blood, are symptoms most often associated with:

A. AIDS/HIV
B. Hepatitis
C. Tuberculosis
D. type C virus

Anaphylactic shock may be caused by:

A. acute allergic reaction
B. diabetic coma
C. epileptic seizure
D. heart fibrillation