Department of Civil Service Announces
Promotion Examination Open to All Qualified Employees of the New York State Workers' Compensation Board

Written Test To Be Held

October 15, 2005
Applications MUST Be
Postmarked No Later Than

September 5, 2005

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Examination Number and Title
34-879 Verbatim Reporter 2
34-880 Verbatim Reporter 3

Minimum QualificationsSubject of ExaminationHow to Apply

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: On or before October 15, 2005, you must be a qualified employee of the New York State Workers' Compensation Board and have had permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as follows:

For Number 34-879: three months as a Verbatim Reporter 1, G-17;
For Number 34-880: three months as a Verbatim Reporter 2, G-19; OR two years as a Verbatim Reporter 1, G-17.

If you were permanently appointed as a Verbatim Reporter 1, G-17, on or before July 15, 2005, and have served continuously in this title since that date, you are eligible to file for Examination No. 34-879. If you were permanently appointed as a Verbatim Reporter 1, G-17, on or before November 15, 2003, and have served continuously in this title since that date, you are eligible to file for Examination No. 34-880.

If you were permanently appointed as a Verbatim Reporter 2 on or before July 15, 2005, and have served continuously in this title since that date, you are eligible to file for Examination Number 34-880.

QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE FOR APPOINTMENT FROM THE ELIGIBLE LIST: Successful candidates will be qualified for appointment from the eligible list after service described in the minimum qualifications as listed below:

For Number 34-879: one year as a Verbatim Reporter 1;
For Number 34-880: one year as a Verbatim Reporter 2; OR two years as a Verbatim Reporter 1.

SUBJECT OF EXAMINATION: There will be a written test which you must pass in order to be considered for appointment. The written test is designed to test for knowledge, skills and/or abilities in such areas as:

For Examination Numbers 34-879 and 34-880:

  • English Usage/Punctuation/Style – These questions test for a knowledge of the essential points of English usage, punctuation, and style that verbatim reporters need to know to accurately transcribe verbatim testimony.
  • Office record keeping – These questions test your ability to perform common office record keeping tasks. The test consists of two or more "sets" of questions, each set concerning a different problem. Typical record keeping problems might involve the organization or collation of data from several sources; scheduling; maintaining a record system using running balances; or completion of a table summarizing data using totals, subtotals, averages and percents.
  • Spelling for Verbatim Reporters – These questions test for the ability to spell the kinds of words encountered in the verbatim reporting of hearings.
  • Supervision and training – These questions test for the knowledge required by a supervisor to set goals, plan and organize work, train workers in how to do their jobs, and direct workers towards meeting established goals. The supervisory questions cover such areas as assigning and reviewing work, evaluating performance, maintaining work quality, motivating employees, increasing efficiency, and dealing with problems that may arise on the job. The training questions cover such areas as determining the necessity for training, selecting appropriate training methods, and evaluating the effectiveness of training.
  • Transcript review – These questions test for the ability to review transcripts of hearings. You will be presented with portions of transcripts and will be asked to proofread for errors made by the transcriber.

In addition to the above, for Examination Number 34-880:

  • Administrative supervision – These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in directing the activities of a large subordinate staff, including subordinate supervisors. Questions relate to the personal interactions between an upper level supervisor and his/her subordinate supervisors in the accomplishment of objectives. These questions cover such areas as assigning work to and coordinating the activities of several units, establishing and guiding staff development programs, evaluating the performance of subordinate supervisors, and maintaining relationships with other organizational sections.

If you pass, your seniority credit(s), if any, will be included in the computation of your final score. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' credits to your final passing score.

CREDIT FOR SENIORITY: Seniority is credited at the rate of one credit for each five-year period (or fraction thereof) excluding the first year of service.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: Appointment to certain positions requires extensive travel within a designated area of assignment. Appointees to these positions may be required to operate a motor vehicle or otherwise demonstrate their capacity to meet the transportation needs of the job. If the position requires that you operate a motor vehicle, you must possess a driver's license valid in New York State at the time of appointment and continuously thereafter. Field work and travel expenses are reimbursed on a fixed schedule.

DUTIES: As a Verbatim Reporter 2, you would make assignments to Verbatim Reporters 1 and supervise daily assignments; train subordinates in work methods, procedures and forms; counsel staff to assist in improving performance; and complete performance evaluation and probationary evaluation forms. You may perform transcriptions taken by Verbatim Reporters who are not available to perform the transcriptions and perform any activities performed by positions of Verbatim Reporter 1.

As a Verbatim Reporter 3, you would supervise Verbatim Reporters 2, design work methods, and manage transcription services. You may also provide transcription services in the most complex or sensitive cases.

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The NYS Department of Civil Service reserves the right to reject for lateness or to accept applications filed after the advertised filing period. All statements you make on your application are subject to investigation.


ELIGIBILITY FOR EXAMINATION: To be eligible to compete in this examination, you must be employed in the specified department or agency on a permanent or contingent permanent basis in the competitive class, or in the non-competitive class or labor class if specifically noted on this announcement (or be on an appropriate preferred list), and have the specified time in the specified title or salary grade. You may not compete in a test for a title if you are permanently employed in that title (unless you are still on probation) or in a higher direct line of promotion.
ADMISSION TO EXAMINATION: Notice to appear for the test may be conditional as review of applications may not be made until after the test. If you have not received your notice to appear for the written test three days before the date of the test, call (518) 457 5483 if taking the test in Albany; (518) 457-6556 for New York City Test Center; (518) 457 7022 for all other Test Centers.
NEW YORK STATE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.
RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATION: Most written tests are held on Saturdays. If you cannot take the test on the announced test date, due to a conflict with a religious observance or practice, check the box under "Religious Accommodation." We will make arrangements for you to take the test on a different date (usually the following day).
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS IN TESTING: In addition, it is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to enjoy equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their applications. Further information is available from the Special Arrangements Unit of the Department of Civil Service at (518) 457-3416 or TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf) (518) 457-8480.
MULTIPLE EXAMINATIONS SCHEDULED FOR THE SAME DAY: With the exception of written tests announced by New York City, if you have applied to take a written test announced by a local jurisdiction (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must call (518) 457-7022 no later than two weeks before the test date to make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. All tests will be held at the State examination center.
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