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Taking the Civil Service Exam

There are different types of civil service exams. Once you have applied to take an exam and paid your fee, here is what you can expect.

Scheduled exams:

These exams are administered on specific dates at our testing centers and are scheduled in advance. Admission notices are emailed two to three weeks before the testing period. The admission notice provides the test date, location, and other information.

Education and experience exams:

These exams can be taken online during the application process and require candidates to input their education, work experience, and relevant credentials.

For more information, you can download our checklist of steps to apply for and submit your education and experience exam.

What if You Are a Person with a Disability?

The City of New York is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to employing qualified individuals with certified disabilities. The citywide 55-a Program managed by DCAS, allows people with disabilities to be hired for City jobs without taking an exam.

If you are a person with a disability, you can apply directly to open positions in the competitive class by requesting 55-a Program consideration on your resume and cover letter. Applicants are also encouraged to contact the Mayor's Office for People With Disabilities for employment assistance.

We also offer special testing accommodations, such as a large print format, audio versions, or additional time, to those who need it. Testing accommodations information can be found in our special circumstances guide.