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If you’re pursuing a non-military, non-political job with the U.S. government, there’s a good chance you will be expected to take the civil service exam. From postal workers to police officers to air traffic controllers to clerical workers, a wide variety of government positions  require the civil service exam as part of the application process. Many government agencies rely on the civil service exam to identify qualified candidates among the hundreds of resumes they receive.

Watch the video below to learn what’s covered on the civil service exam and how to prepare for it, and review a sample test question.

Are you preparing for the civil service exam? Check out Peterson’s Civil Service test prep, which includes three, full-length practice tests to help you prepare for the exam, and take it with confidence!