CO-BDQ 201-NC Correctional Officer Background Data Questionnaire

$5.70 Member price

$6.00 non-member price

Administration Fee Notice

Unless otherwise noted, all test orders are subject to a $97 base administration fee.

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Time Limit

1 hour



Turnover rates among correctional officers are especially high. Given the significant investment of time and money made to recruit new officers, it stands to reason that an assessment tool which decreases turnover would result in a large cost savings and a reduction in wasted resources.

NOTE: You will not be charged an administration fee for the supplemental test if ordered with another test product.

CO-BDQ 201-NC scores relate to both lower turnover and better job performance. In our research — conducted over a two-year period with more than 1,100 newly hired correctional officers — it was determined that higher scores on the CO-BDQ increase the likelihood that an officer will stay on the job and perform well.

CO-BDQ measures candidates’ predicted levels of success by assessing the following:

  • Background. This includes items such as a candidate’s education, work experience, past activities and achievements.

  • Lifestyle. Asks about their preferences and patterns in regard to exercise, amount of sleep, degree of social activity, leisure activities, etc.

  • Interest in Corrections Work. Asks candidates to select, from a number of choices, the activity of greatest interest to them.

  • Personality. Asks candidates to rate themselves on a variety of personality traits, such as integrity, perseverance and leadership.

  • Ability. Asks candidates to rate themselves on a number of abilities, such as the ability to handle people, memory and physical capacity.

: CO-BDQ 201-NC was designed to be complementary to a cognitive ability test (e.g., tests from the CO-EL 100 series). There are important job requirements to be assessed by cognitive ability tests that are not well covered by biodata measures such as the CO-BDQ; conversely, the BDQ assesses aspects of personality, background and achievement which the cognitive ability test cannot assess. It is therefore recommended that any jurisdiction choosing to use the CO-BDQ should use it in conjunction with a cognitive ability test.
Self-scoring is not available for the CO-BDQ 201-NC. You will need to return answer sheets to IPMA-HR for scoring. Appropriate fees will apply during checkout.

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