Test Guides and Resource Booklets
Test Guides published by the New York State Department of Civil Service are usually targeted to specific, entry-level titles. Test Guides are not provided for every examination. If a Test Guide is provided for an examination, information about the guide will appear on the examination announcement. Test Guides are designed to familiarize candidates with the format of the test. Test Guides provide a description of the subject areas that will be tested and present samples of the types of test material that will appear on the test. The sample test material is similar to what the candidates will see on the actual test. If sample questions are provided, the solution and correct answer will be provided after each sample question. Candidates should pay close attention to the "Subjects of Examination" listed on the examination announcement for information on the test type and content of the examination. Candidates should focus their examination preparation upon the information given in the examination announcement.
"How to Take a Written Test", "Questions and Answers About Municipal Civil Service Examinations"
and Test Guides are available on and can be fully downloaded from the New York State Department of Civil Service's web site at www.cs.ny.gov/testing/localtestguides.cfm
NOTE: Test Guides are made available to the public on the State web page 60 days prior to the date of the written test.
If an examination announcement references the web page and the test guide you are looking for is not yet listed, please check back again.