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Corrections Department Test, REACT


There are four components to the REACT Testing System: a video-based human relations test, a reading test, a math test and a report writing test. Testing takes approximately 2 hours.

REACT Video Human Relations Test
REACT focuses on using good judgment in supervision of inmates, public relations and teamwork. Candidates do not have to have experience in order to do well. They will watch a video segment and then choose the BEST course of action in a multiple-choice format. This test is presented on computer and the items play without stopping. Candidates have 10 seconds to answer each question.

REACT is not intended in any way to be a test of knowledge of policy or technical aspects of the job. Any such information that may be needed to answer a question is provided in the test. Candidates are not expected to know anything other than what is stated. They should base their answers only on information given in the test and common sense.

REACT Reading Test
This test is designed specifically for correctional officers, a job requiring on-going study of difficult and technical materials. This test is based on typical training materials. Some words are left blank. Candidates are required to choose a word that best fits in the blank. Candidates are given 15 minutes to complete this test.

REACT Count Test
This is a counting test based on the movement of inmates within the correctional facility. This test is presented on computer and the items play without stopping. Candidates have 10 seconds to answer each question.

The Incident Observation and Report Writing Test
This test shows situations on video and asks the applicant to write a brief report, which is evaluated on content, organization and basic writing skills

There is no study guide for REACT.

Physical Abilities Test (PAT)
The Physical Abilities Test (PAT) was established by the Washington State Criminal Justice Commission. This test includes three components: push-ups, sit-ups and a 1.5 mile run. All candidates will take the PAT immediately following the standard test.

Click here for detailed information about the PAT.