Test guides published by the Department of Civil Service are typically targeted to specific entry-level titles and are not provided for every civil service examination. If a test guide is available, it will be indicated on the examination announcement.

Test guides are designed to familiarize candidates with the format of the test and will provide a description of the subject areas to be tested, along with sample test material. If sample questions are provided, the solution and correct answer will also be provided. Candidates are encouraged to review the "Subjects of Examination" portion of the examination announcement for information on test type and exam content.

General Guide  

Test Guides for New York State Examinations  

Test Guides for Local Government Examinations

Test guides for local government examinations are made available 60 days prior to the date of the written test.

Paper copies of test guides for local government examinations are also available by contacting the appropriate Municipal Civil Service Agency.