Look for civil service exam test preparation resources on individual state's or city's civil service department websites and their local public library websites as well as purchase study guides at the Amazon, Civil Service Test Center and LearnATest websites. Finding practice tests and questions for a specific city can be difficult, notes Ipl2, so such online materials may not help much. In addition to finding materials online, visit a local library for study guides, which may be available through an interlibrary loan service.
Some civil service jobs that can require an exam include those for firefighters, postal service professionals, teachers, law enforcement, social workers, managers, emergency professionals, engineers and clerical workers. Such tests are used to determine if a candidate has the skills needed for the position, and job-related knowledge is specifically tested. A person has to pass the specific exam for the civil service job before applying to the position, and the test taker can often see the exam score online.
In addition to taking the exam to get a job initially, exams may be needed for the purpose of promotion. The exam may be oral, involve the use of a computer, require a typing test or be an analysis of each candidate's experience and training.