Basic Ability Test

In partnership with the Alabama Community College System, the Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) has adopted the ACT WorkKeys Assessment as the official Basic Ability Test (BAT) for all applicants for Law Enforcement Officer and State Correctional Officer employment and certification.  This requirement is effective July 1, 2017.

In addition to possession of a valid high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate, the BAT is required of all applicants, excepting those applicants who have been previously APOSTC certified and who are required to complete the Refresher training for reinstatement of their Certification, or, those applicants possessing an earned Associates’ Degree of higher Degree from a College or University accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), or its regional equivalent.

Individuals who do not possess a valid ACT WorkKeys Assessment (BAT) may test at any Alabama Community College within the State.

The ACT WorkKeys Assessment is available nationwide.  Subject to the employing agency’s approval, out of state applicants may take the ACT WorkKeys Assessment (BAT) in their home state provided proper documentation of a valid test result is submitted to both the employing agency and APOSTC.

For complete information relating to the BAT and ACT WorkKeys Assessment requirements please read the entire text of Chapter Two (2) of the Alabama (APOSTC) Administrative Code, as amended.

Below is listed the procedure to take the ACT WorkKeys Assessment (BAT) at Bishop State Community College. 

Bishop State Community College is located at 351 N. Broad Street, Mobile AL 36603.

Work Keys Exam for Peace Officers Registration Process:

  1. Complete the Basic Ability Test Registration Form and submit via email to Mrs. Gale Runderson at
  2. The Agency Contact information for the Mobile Police Department should be:

Lt. Travis Dannelley ( and

Lt. Matthew Garrett (

  1. Call Mrs. Gale Runderson at 1-251-405-7158 to schedule a Work Keys Peace Officer Exam.
  2. Prior to the Work Keys exam payment must be submitted.
  3. Please pay a $45 cash, check, credit, or debit card payment for the exam(s). Debit or Credit payments can be submitted over the phone at 251-405-7025 or in person at the Bursar’s Office.  The Bursar's Office is located in the Delchamps Building on the Bishop State - Main Campus (351 N. Broad Street, Mobile, AL 36603-5898). Please specify payment for a Work Keys Peace Officer Exam whenever paying the testing fee to ensure a $45 fee is administered.
  4. If an applicant desires to retake any portion(s) of the Work Keys exam you will be charged a $15 fee/per each retest session. If it is a re-take exam, please specify to the Bursar's Office it is Peace Officer's Re-take Work Keys Exam.

Day of Exam:

  1. Arrive 15 minutes early on the scheduled day of the Work Keys exam in Room 159 located inside the Yvonne Kennedy Business Technology Center. The Technology Center is located at 351 N. Broad Street, Mobile, AL 36603-5898. Visitor parking is available in a nearby parking deck. Once on campus, if more directions are needed, please ask the security guard located on the first floor of the Technology Center for more directions. On the day of the exam, remember to bring a VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE and RECEIPT OF PAYMENT to verify identity.
  2. Upon completing the three (3) required portions of the BAT test, a PDF version of the scores will be sent to the designated local law enforcement contact he or she is applying.
  3. The applicant and designated local law enforcement contact will receive a copy of their test results within 2-3 business days.