These test is not meant to serve as your only study guide. It is by no means an all-inclusive resource. For more extensive study we refer you to the civil service test preparation guides such as ARCO, Barron's and KB Books. This study material includes questions similar to those found on previous county exams, and covers the pertinent topics listed on the current county job announcement.
We hope you find it helpful!
Prepare for the Written Test
Establish a study program. Study each component separately. If the components given to you were math, reading comprehension, and writing and grammar then start with your weakest area first. You can find most of the information needed to tweak your knowledge on the Internet. For example, if you consider yourself weak in math you can go to Google and enter the word math. You will find a great side called Math.com Here you can brush up on basic math. You can do this with any subject.
Take practice tests. This can reduce your anxiety and improve your test taking strategies.
Organize your schedule so you can perform your best on test day. Prepare mentally. Stay positive. Negative feelings of failure are common, but don't allow these thoughts to enter your head. Being prepared for the written test will allow you to feel confident on the test room. Study and practice prior to test day will make a huge difference in your test score.
Allow enough time to cope with traffic, weather, parking, etc.
Written Test Tips
- Understand all verbal and written instructions given by the test proctor. Ask questions if you're insure. The time to ask questions is before the written test begins.
- Use the time given to complete each section of test carefully. Some written tests are given a total time to complete, others will be timed separately. Divide the time given by the number of questions. This will tell you how much time you have on each question, or get you close. Keep a steady pace throughout the test.
- Read each question carefully. Don't get bogged down on any one question. Sometimes a certain question will stump you. Use your informed judgment to make a choice between possible answers. This is not guessing. To the extent your decision is informed you are demonstrating a degree of knowledge and not just blindly guessing. Answer all questions.
- Avoid reading too much into a question. Most questions require an answer that is most correct. Reason through the answers to find the most logical answer.
- Use all the allotted time given to complete the test. If you finish early go back to problematic questions and re-think them. Use every second you're given on the written test.
Common sense is knowledge acquired through trial and error, experience and commonly accepted animate and inanimate behaviors, and the laws of physics.
For example: Is it safe to talk to someone involved in auto accident in the street or on the sidewalk? Common sense indicates: Sidwalk. If you're knocking on someone's door, would you stand in front of the door or off to the side? Common sense indicates: Side. If you're pursuing a traffic violator at a high rate of speed through downtown traffic, do you continue the pursuit or let him go? Common Sense indicates: Let Him Go. The risk of injuring innocent people is too high versus upholding the law by stopping a traffic violator.
Common sense should temper your reactions, allowing you to control the urge to jump to conclusions before gaining all the available facts. Often the set of circumstances seen at first glance seems to warrant a clean conclusion, however, common sense allows us to see where circumstance simply could not co-exist in certain situational conflicts.