Type of Tests
Competitive civil service examinations may consist of one or more of the following:
- a written multiple-choice test
- a job simulation test
- an essay test
- an oral test
- a performance test
- a computer-administered test
- an evaluation of training and experience
The types of tests that will be used on a particular examination will depend upon the nature of the job involved and will be specified on the examination announcement under "Subjects of Examination." Candidates should refer to this information to determine what areas to study for a particular examination.
Note: The NYS Department of Civil Service does not endorse or recommend any course or study materials for particular civil service examinations, nor does it publish its questions or give its questions to anyone else to publish or study.